Dementia, cognitive impairment and proton pump inhibitor therapy: A systematic review

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Background and Aim: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most widely used medications worldwide. Dementia is an increasingly common cause of disability in older populations. Recent studies have suggested an increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia diagnosis among people who consume PPIs. This systematic review explores dementia, cognitive impairment, and the use of PPIs. Methods: Systematic searches were conducted in the databases of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), PSYCinfo, Scopus, Web of Science, and for articles published from inception to June 30, 2016. Primary outcomes of interest were the use of PPIs and diagnosis of dementia or acute cognitive impairment. Studies conducted on people aged less than 18 years old were excluded. All study designs were eligible for inclusion. Two reviewers independently assessed study quality and extracted data from included studies. Results: The systematic search strategy and screening process yielded 11 studies for inclusion in the systematic review. Four studies explored PPI use and dementia, and seven studies explored PPI use and acute cognitive impairment. Three of the four studies exploring dementia identified a positive association with PPI use. A positive association was also observed in the majority of studies exploring acute cognitive impairment. Conclusions: Based on the current published literature, this systematic review has identified that the reported association between PPI use and dementia is limited by methodological issues and conflicting results. Further longitudinal studies with robust bias limitation are required to explore the use of PPIs and dementia or acute cognitive impairment, and to ascertain the existence of any causal relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1426-1435
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017


  • gastric secretion
  • gastroenterology
  • gastroesophagus reflux disease (GERD)

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