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A 19-year-old female asked about a 19-year-old male:

It costs too much to go to a doctor but i think i have acid reflux. i get heartburn alotcan i take nexium (esomeprazole) for more than the 14 day course of treatment?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Horak ii
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
GERD : If you need to take PPIs more than 14 days you need to see a doctor. Go at least to an urgent care center
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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
You could try histamine blocker like ranitidine, but avoiding caffeine, chocolate and alcohol as well as avoiding eating 2 hours before bedtime are also helpful for heart burn.
Feb 8, 2016
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Need more info: Are you overweight? If you are you had better lose weight. Taking nexium (esomeprazole) will provide temporary relief. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Dr. Singh is correct. But if you are still having symptoms after 14 days, then something serious could be causing it. The only way to be sure, is to see someone. Start with an area Federally Qualified Health Center, if available, where cost is based on your income. The Health Department can also do some screening labs for free or minimal cost. Nexium is not cheap, fixing the problem is best.
Feb 11, 2016
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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