Proton pump inhibitors and chronic kidney disease: is it time to sound the alarm?

Kidney Int. 2016 Apr;89(4):732-3. doi: 10.1016/j.kint.2016.02.007.


Proton pump inhibitors are widely used worldwide for the management of gastroesophageal reflux, but have been associated with the development of interstitial nephritis and acute kidney injury. A large observational study using data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities cohort and the Geisinger Health System demonstrates an association between the use of proton pump inhibitors and chronic kidney disease. Although the study does not prove causality, the robustness of the findings in two cohorts suggests a need for further study and reevaluation of the safety of these agents for widespread, non-prescription use.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors / adverse effects*
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / chemically induced*


  • Proton Pump Inhibitors