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A 19-year-old male asked:

How long can i take prevacid (lansoprazole) for? doc said 8 weeks to heal erosive esophagitis. acid reflux comes back immediately after. what can i do long term?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Long term PPI: Although many people have used acid reflux medications for extended periods of time, there is concern of long term consequences from blocking our body's normal responses. Using the medications for the shortest time possible is wisest. Recurrence of symptoms should prompt evaluation of the diet, lifestyle habits, and other possible underlying causes.
Dr. Ward Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
Mastic Gum: Mastic gum has been used for hundreds of years to treat gastrointestinal diseases. It has been shown in clinical studies to be very effective in eradicating H. pylori. H. pylori is the spirochete responsible for gastric ulcers and stomach cancer. Mastic gum is available without a prescription, and is less expensive and more efficacious than most medications used to treat H. pylori.

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Last updated Jan 14, 2019

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