too many hospital patients get acid-suppressing drugs

There's now concern that far too many hospital patients get acid-suppressing drugs...and are kept on these drugs as outpatients.

Physicians routinely give H2-blockers, proton pump inhibitors, etc, to prevent stress ulcers while patients are hospitalized.

It's true that HIGH-RISK patients should get ulcer prophylaxis. These are patients with a recent ulcer...severe trauma or burns...ICU patients with coagulation problems or on respirators...etc.

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