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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. Mark Ingerman
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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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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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