A 40-year-old male asked:
Disclaimer

im 40 have gerd. i take prevacid one a day to cope. i'm now taking 600mg zantac (ranitidine) as alternative. is it safe or go back to prevacid. ?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Ppi's: There is increasing reports about harmful effects of ppi's such as prevacid, prilosec, nexium, (esomeprazole)etc and at your young age, zantac and carafate may be a better choice for long term use. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate,advise and treat you if your gerd isn't responding well to diet and medication. Abstinence from alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and oily foods may be helpful.
Answered on May 21, 2018

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
GERD: Neither is good for life, chronic acid suppression, especially by ppis like prevacid, (lansoprazole) can create more problems down the line in the sto ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
No and yes, but....: If gallbladder disease is causing bloating, it will make GERD worse. So, if diagnosis is confirmed I would recommend laparoscopic gallbladder removal. ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 12-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
May be ibuprofen: The new abdominal pain may be from the ibuprofen. I suggest you discontinue it and substitute Tylenol (acetaminophen). If this does not result in imp ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adeshola Ezeokoli
19 years experience Internal Medicine
No: If you go to ER they will not test for cancer. That is not the purpose of ER. See your regular doctor or an ear, nose and throat doctor.
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month