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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Acid Reflux

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What are some potential long-term effects of acid reflux disease?

What are some potential long-term effects of acid reflux disease?

Esophageal injury: Longterm gerd exposes your esophagus to acidic material. This is injurious. There are a number of potential effects including but not limited to esophagitis, stricture, damage to your teeth, reactive airway/asthma type symptoms, aspiration/pneumonia, "barret's esophagus", and even risk of esophageal cancer. Some of these are "extremes", so please discuss with your family physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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Is it a good idea for acid reflux patients to alternate b/n Nexium(40 mg) one day and Rentdine(300 mg) on next day to minimize potntal side effects of these medications if used for long term.

Is it a good idea for acid reflux patients to  alternate b/n Nexium(40 mg) one day and  Rentdine(300 mg) on next day to minimize potntal  side effects of these medications if used for long term.

Take one that works : Alternating two medications may not help you determine which one really works for you. Most patients would take Nexium or a similar drug to control acid reflux for an extended period of time. Ranitidine can be added as a one-time nightly dose if symptoms are not controlled. Once symptoms are stable a drug holiday could be considered. ...Read more

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Are there any safer alternatives to proton pump inhibitors (PPI) for treating GERD / Acid reflux? I'm concerned about the long term side effects

Are there any safer alternatives to proton pump inhibitors (PPI) for treating GERD / Acid reflux?  I'm concerned about the long term side effects

PPIs. : All medications have the potential to cause side effects, which I understand is disconcerting. However, the PPIs are a very effective class of medication for GERD, so the benefit should be considered with respect to the potential for risk. ...Read more

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How do I know if my 2 year old has acid reflux that needs to be treated? Worried he will end up with long term issues if left untreated..

How do I know if my 2 year old has acid reflux that needs to be treated? Worried he will end up with long term issues if left untreated..

Acid reflux: If your child has no symptoms such as coughing more at night while lying down, or vomiting & choking, there is no reason for you to worry about something that does not exist in baby, your child is already 2 years old, your pediatrician would have known by now if the child has this problm. Relax & Good luck. ...Read more

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Long term affects of acid reflux? Will acid go farther and farther up?

Long term affects of acid reflux? Will acid go farther and farther up?

GERD is progressive: Chronic exposure of stomach contents to your esophagus can lead to progressive inflammation in the form of erosions, ulcers, strictures (that get narrower as the scar tissue involved contracts) that trap food, barrett's esophagus (intestinalized tissue), & ultimately esophageal adenocarcinoma. Also may see laryngitis, airway irritability, asthma, chronic sinusitis, ear clicking. Get evaluated & rx. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed omeprazole 20mg for acid reflux long term, what are the concerns taking continually for years on end?

Long term use: Long term use has been associated with Vitamin B-12 deficiency, osteoporosis and fractures as well as hypomagnesemia, atrophic gastritis. Other side effects includes pancreatitis, blood count problems, liver function. These are issues to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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So sulcrufate is rarely approved long term? How about for bile reflux? For lpr? For acid reflux? Esp. If diet fails?

So sulcrufate is rarely approved long term?  How about for bile reflux?  For lpr?  For acid reflux?  Esp. If diet fails?

Confer with doctor: Sulcrafate is pretty benign, it is a sort of "covering" for raw and inflamed spots in the digestive tract.. Having reflux is a complex problem, and you may require some testing to answer the question.... ...Read more

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Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Yes but (answer #2): Sucralfate is adjunctive therapy that likely forms a coating over damaged tissue, in theory protecting the area from further injury. No drug is perfect however, so long-term safety and efficacy here may not achieve your goal. ...Read more

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Can severe and long term acid reflux lead to pulmonary fibrosis?

Can  severe and long term acid reflux lead to pulmonary fibrosis?

Unknown, unlikely: While some studies have shown improvement in lung function in pulmonary fibrosis patients who have surgical correction of acid reflux, none have proven, or even suggested, that this is a cause of pulmonary fibrosis. Yet. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Im 23 and have a hiatal hernia. doc found 8mm nodule in distal esophegus..how long do i have take acid reflux medicine? its bad long term use?

Im 23 and have a hiatal hernia. doc found 8mm nodule in distal esophegus..how long do i have take acid reflux medicine? its bad long term use?

Probably for a long: while, as you get older typically the reflux issues get worse. So maybe even lifetime. Long term side effects of proton pump inhibitors (assuming that is what you have been prescribed) are not well studied, and there are no major trials to support presence of long term side effects. But potential problems include achlorhydria - complete absence of stomach acid - which may not cause real sympto ...Read more

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I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease. Is this true?

I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease.  Is this true?

You may be: right. If your doctor prescribes long term PPI use for you, then you should take it as prescribed. However, it is best to have your kidney function checked at least once or twice a year to make sure that you are not one of the very few people with this adverse effect. Here is a good article to read: http://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/gerd-107-long-term-use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-ppis ...Read more

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Been getting acid reflux (felt in throat) daily. 10mg or 20mg of famotidine stops it every time. Is famotidine damaging long term?

Chronic acid reflux: Pepcid (famotidine) is fairly safe medicine for long term use. If you have recurrent symptoms have yourself checked out for infection or ulcer and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take IBgard (over the counter) long term for irritable bowel? Each capsule contains 90 mg. ultra purified peppermint oil. Acid reflux?

Irritable Bowel: I understand your distress of Irritable Bowel and desire for Relief Its side effects can be heartburn which is a symptom of Acid reflux. Stress can cause or increase Acid reflux or Irritable Bowel. Let the Wise Woman within you Reflect: •Stresses of relationships, separation, divorce, , finances •Severity of symptoms •Seeing Gastroenterologist •Anxiety •Therapy, , Medication by Psychiatrist. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more