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I was on ppi for gerd and recently diagnosed with austiopenia? is famotidine is better choice for me or should i continue ppi? is famotidine safe?

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Dr. George T Tsai answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Head to head - ppi has a more profound effect on your gastric ph and prolonged and/ or higher doses are associated with poor bone health and other issues. Long term acid suppression should be avoided if possible. Dietary and behavior changes can improve gerd for most with medication used for break thru sx. Bottom line - you need to discuss your situation with a doc to be safe.

Answered Oct 9, 2017

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Dr. Moe Amadpour answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

There is a slight risk of osteopenia with taking ppi. You need to make sure you do not have other risk factors for osteopenia.So far, there is no evidence to show tat Famotidine cause osteopenia. You can take Famotidine for gerd but the dose is usually higher 20mg once or twice a day.

Answered May 8, 2017

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