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Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Cause Constipation
Can proton pump inhibitors cause heavy constipation? Like say stop bowel movement for a day? If they do should one consider to stop them?
Must versus should?: Typically, the first generation ppi's (proton pump inhibitors) work best if the drug is in your bloodstream before food stimulates acid production. The latest "time-released" version, like dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) can however be taken at any time (including meals). Speak to your doctor about the goals of treatment in your specific case. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been prescribed proton pump inhibitors for acid reflux. How do I know if I have too much acid or too low?
New study links proton pump inhibitors with dementia. But this is just one study. How much validity is there to this conclusion?
Enough to be alert: Excellent question for new findings on a commonly used medical class. Were you aware that men show increase in hip fractures as well? Sometimes it is only after a new drug has been used on many many people over time that we find new problems that did not show up in original tastings. The real question is why you are using it, and is there a safer alternative? Then you can determine relative risk Read more
Is it possible for people on ssris long term to have rebound effect in spite of tapering like people who've been on proton pump inhibitors long time?
Rebound: Yes it is, hence recommendation for slower tapering, after discussing with the prescribing doctor. Read more
PPI's treat ulcers: Antacids neutralize acid that has already been produced, & as such has value in providing immediate relief of indigestion. H2 blockers & proton pump inhibitors block acid production & are best used to heal peptic disease & address acid reflux. Ppi's also protect against nsaid-related injury. Read more
Weening: Possibly start by going every other day for 1-2 weeks, then 1 every 2 days for 1-2 weeks. If you get rebound reflux, you can use Pepcid (famotidine) or Tums as needed. Finally you may be able to be off it. Also, if you can change your diet and eat smaller meals that may help some. Always refer to your physician for proper instructions. Read more
FInding the cause: Is the best....All meds have some long term affects, so correcting the problem at its root is best. A chinese medicine practitioner can help the most. Diet changes can also help- like eliminating dairy, gluten, and spicy foods. Decrease alcohol consumption.Increase fresh foods and decrease processed foods. I do not think there is a god answer to your question from my perspective-so I went further. Read more
Is taking proton pump inhibitors safe if taking for 2 weeks for acid reflux issues? Any dependency issues?
How strong is the possible link between long-term (years) daily use of proton-pump inhibitors and alzheimer's disease?
Probably not: If symptoms continually recur, see your doctor and have him/her refer you to a GI specialist to evaluate you for underlying causes. Read more
PPI use: Ppis can be used on an "as needed" medication and stopping them quickly will not result in any serious side-effects, first, start managing reflux by changing any life-style factors that may be causing reflux in the first place, such as caffeine and alcohol use, and avoid late meals close to bedtime. Read more
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