Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Undue gastric drug use causes 45pc ulcer

Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed on Sunday said excessive gastric drug use is responsible for 45 percent of ulcer cases in Bangladesh.  

“Some 45 percent gastric ulcer is caused by unnecessary use of Proton-Pump Inhibitor (PPI) or gastric drugs as micro-nutrient is lost due to taking such drugs excessively,” he said.   

The BSMMU VC made the statement while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar titled "Overuse of PPI: A review of emerging concerns" at a auditorium of the university.

“Our bodies face calcium, magnesium, vitamin B-12 and iron deficiencies because of PPI. However, the PPI or gastric drugs shouldn’t be quit all of a sudden. PPI can be reduced gradually,” he added.

Sharfuddin Ahmed emphasised the importance of maintaining disciplined lifestyle in a bid to avoid acidity.

The Proton-pump inhibitor or PPIs are drugs whose main function is to reduce the secretion of acid from the parietal cells of the stomach.

“People of our country take drugs here and there like other products. The number of deaths from the excessive use of antibiotics will exceed the number of deaths from Covid-19 by 2050 in the country,” said the BSMMU VC.

He also recommended people to maintain hygiene in daily life. At the same time, he also urged all to be careful about Monkeypox.

BSMMU Gastroenterology Department Professor Dr Rajibul Alam, who presented the keynote speech at the seminar, said most of the gastric medicines are being sold without a prescription.

“Taking the gastric medicines without prescription causes various types of health complexities. The overdose of gastric medicine can cause gastric cancer and reduce calcium and magnesium,” he said.

Rajibul Alam said if the patient really needs them, the gastric medicines must be prescribed. “But it’s unnecessary use should be reduced," he added.

The gastroenterology expert also demanded that the government make policy to stop excessive use of the gastric medicines and sale of the medicine without prescription.