A 29-year-old male asked:
Is long term ppi safe? decades? i am 29, and have been on ppi for atleast 6-7 years. had linx surgery but still have gerd. i take dexilant 60mg daily. safe rest of my life? better medicine in the pipeline? i dont wanna do surgery again if not needed?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
More and more studies are revealing long term side effects of PPI’s that are influencing absorption of different nutrients by suppressing acidity indefinitely. They may create premises for colon infections and renal failure among others. The goal remains using the least amount and replacing them whenever possible. Your gastroenterologist is your best resource going forward.
Answered May 23, 2021
Bariatrics 20 years experience
GERD is a symptom and underlying cause need to be addressed , if a hiatal hernia is causing it Vs obesity contributing towards it etc.
PPIs do have side effects in the long term, known or unknown, side effects are there! Long term suppression of a natural protection given by nature i.e stomach acid ; isn’t good eventually. You need a good GI doc and Surgeon!
Answered May 27, 2021
Last updated May 27, 2021
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