Gastric acid suppressant lansoprazole may target tuberculosis

New research published by PLOS Medicine reports that Lansoprazole, a cheap and widely used drug to treat heartburn, gastritis, and ulcers, is found to work against a bacteria that causes tuberculosis. In many parts of the world drug resistant tuberculosis is a major problem with many existing drugs having unacceptable side effects.

Key Takeaways:

  • In the year 2016, Tuberculosis was apart of the top ten deadly diseases that were ending people’s lives all over the globe
  • Lansoprazole is a medicine that is very inexpensive and has been used to possibly lower the bacteria taken in from tuberculosis
  • Medication does have effects that can be harmful, but in the end, the drug is a step closer to treating these diseases and possibly ending them

“In England, there were a total of 5,664 TB cases in 2016 with London accounting for almost 40 per cent of all cases.”