Does the use of nonparticulate antacids and histamine 2 (H2) blockers to reduce gastric acidity increase the risk of aspiration pneumonia?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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The use of nonparticulate antacids and histamine 2 (H2) blockers to reduce gastric acidity has been a common practice. However, gastric acid suppression and consequent loss of the acid barrier to bacteria is associated with a higher rate of pneumonia.


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