Objective: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are effective drugs for the treatment of gastric acid-related disorders. Serious adverse events are rare for PPIs, but recent data suggest that PPIs cause hypomagnesemia. The aim of this study was to estimate the frequency of PPI-induced hypomagnesemia and to define the risk factors for its development.
Materials and methods: A total of 133 chronic users of PPIs were enrolled and patients were distinguished on the basis of their serum Mg concentrations. Common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the candidate gene, transient receptor potential melastatin type 6 (TRPM6), were screened.
Results: Seventeen out of 133 patients had PPI-induced hypomagnesemia. The duration of PPI use was longer in those with hypomagnesemia (7.7 vs. 5.2 years). Two common SNPs in TRPM6 (rs3750425 and rs2274924) increased the risk for PPI-induced hypomagnesemia by 5.8-fold.
Conclusion: We found hypomagnesemia in 13% of PPI users. SNPs in TRPM6 drive the risk of developing hypomagnesemia during chronic PPI use.