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A 19-year-old male asked:

calcium level 8.7. doc wants me on prevacid (lansoprazole) for gerd. should my calcium and magnesium levels be monitored?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
No: Although well-publicized, the risk of mineral deficiencies in patients on long-term PPI's is extremely small. There is no evidence to suggest that routine monitoring of calcium, magnesium, or any lab test is necessary or recommended. If a PPI is needed to control your symptoms, stick with it. Good luck.

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Last updated Feb 26, 2016

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