Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Antacids = Nutrition Mal-absorption

Antacids can prevent the absorption of Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin A. I asked Dr. Argawal if antacids prevent the absorption of certain nutrients. I'm concerned that he will not get all the adequate nutrition if the antacid is preventing it (by reducing the amount of stomach acid). She denied it would do that, but when I look on the internet, it's pretty clear that this happens. Medical doctors are in a different world than I am. They see many things so differently. I'll have to do some more study about the absorption problem.


I also learned that antacids are commonly manufactured with aluminum in them. The Prevacid David is taking does not have aluminum in it.

2 comments:

Olismum said...

Hi Aimee - I have been following Davids progress on your blog - I wonder if you have the time to email me on debwootton@yahoo.co.uk as my son is having the WASp test at the end of March and Im absolutely terrified. He, like David has has little or no ezcema and very few infections (mostly just normal childhood ones) and he was originally diagnosed as having chronic ITP, but we are testing him (and me) for the WASp protein deficiency and ive never been so scared in my life. You are an inspriation and I would love to hear from you. Good Bless you for having the strength and time to do this blog after all you have been through you make me feel v humble!
Thanks
Debbie

Joanne Klein said...

Hi Aimee,

Sorry to hear David hasn't been well. Hope that he passes this obstacle soon. Just wanted to comment on the ranitidine. Baden was on this for 2 years after his transplant with no gut/stomach problems. It was really effective for him.

Just wanted to let you know.
Joanne
www.caringbridge.org/ca/baden