Are Your Purple Pills Making You Blue?
Could those little purple pills, those acid-stopping pills, be a cause of your anxiety, depression, or other mood problems? The surprising answer may be “yes”.
Medications, either prescription or over-the-counter, for heartburn or gastric reflux, are widely used. You can’t watch TV for long without being bombarded with commercials for all kinds of acid stopping remedies. These are often used for prolonged periods, even for decades.
But there is good reason to believe that prescription acid-stopping medications affect your brain chemistry. As reported in April 2008 Current Psychiatry, these medications can have some serous side effects.
So, if you are taking drugs for gastric reflux or heartburn, and you have mood problems, it all could be connected.
Gastric Reflux or Heartburn: The Stress Connection
Our body reacts to stress by reducing stomach acid, not increasing it. When under stress, the normal body response is to shunt blood away from the stomach. This suppresses digestion by reducing the acid in the stomach. Eating under stress blocks digestion. The food just sits there in the stomach’s warm, moist environment, and partially decomposes. Then you get stomach pain and acid reflux. Chronic stress causes a chronic problem.
Acid-stopping medications provide relief by reducing the acids caused by stress-related poor digestion. But over the long run, they can cause other problems, by blocking the metabolic systems involved in brain chemistry. Anxiety, depression, and fatigue may develop with prolonged use of acid stopping medications.