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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Proton Pump Inhibitor (Overview)

Proton pump inhibitors are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug).


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What are proton pump inhibitors?

What are proton pump inhibitors?

Acid blockers: They block the formation of acid in the stomach.

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
292 Doctors shared insights

Proton Pump Inhibitor (Overview)

Proton pump inhibitors are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug).


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Can you get bad side effects taking proton pump inhibitor (ppi) tablets?

Can you get bad side effects taking proton pump inhibitor (ppi) tablets?

PPI side effects: There are concerns that reducing stomach acidity may be contributing to clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. There also may be a link between long-term use of ppis & osteoporosis. If you develop resistant diarrhea or are at risk for osteoporosis, consult your fp for further evaluation.

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Been experiencing hiccups, burping and bad breath and acid reflux? Solutions? Prescribed proton pump inhibitors for acid reflux. Acid reflux is gone

Been experiencing hiccups, burping and bad breath and acid reflux? Solutions? Prescribed proton pump inhibitors for acid reflux. Acid reflux is gone

Careful on the long: Be careful with the a ppi as a 19 year old man. With prolonged use, they can cause rebounding (addiction) and seem to cause osteoporosis. Try using an h1 blocker like zantac (ranitidine) or pepcid. Give it a couple of weeks and see if it resolves. If it does not, follow up with your pcp.

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Is it safe to take a proton pump inhibitor like tecta, for a long time? I am 24 yrs old and have been taking ppis for 6 years now?

Is it safe to take a proton pump inhibitor like tecta, for a long time? I am 24 yrs old and have been taking ppis for 6 years now?

Proton pump blocker: The long term use of ppi have been linked to poor calcium absorption, increased risk if intestinal infections in older people etc. Most of these side effects have been noted in people using ppi twice daily for several years. It is usually advisable to limit long term use of ppi if at all it is possible like switching to every other day if that will control your symptoms.

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What do proton pump inhibitors do?

What do proton pump inhibitors do?

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.

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Can proton pump inhibitors cause pneumonia?

Can proton pump inhibitors cause pneumonia?

Consult with your dr: It should not but talk to your doctor for more information, I am available for second opinion if needed

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Is calmepan contraindicated with proton pump inhibitor?

No problem: These two medications should have no significant interactions.

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Hi docs, is it true that proton pump inhibitors are safe to use?

Hi docs, is it true that proton pump inhibitors are safe to use?

In general yes: But they do have side effects, including osteoporosis, infections, allergic reactions, etc.

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Can using proton pump inhibitor medicines for 20 days cause any damage?

Can using proton pump inhibitor medicines for 20 days cause any damage?

Probably not, but...: Usually not, but we don't know you nor your entire medical history so this would be a question to ask the doctor who suggested you take the medication. In general, ppi's are well tolerated and safe in otherwise healthy people without major medical problems, and who don't take any medications that have an interaction with the ppi. Hope that helps.

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I have been on proton pump inhibitors for 10 years or so, is it time to consider surgery?

I have been on proton pump inhibitors for 10 years or so, is it time to consider surgery?

Depends: If you are on the ppi for acid reflux and doing well, then probably not. If you are not getting satisfactory relief, then that is an issue and certainly antireflux surgery is an option. Discuss it with your prescribing doctor.

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All things being equal, which is less harmful long term: proton pump inhibitors or h2 blockers?

All things being equal, which is less harmful long term: proton pump inhibitors or h2 blockers?

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.

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What are proton pump inhibitors?

Acid blockers: They block the formation of acid in the stomach.

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How do I ween myself off proton pump inhibitors?

How do I ween myself off proton pump inhibitors?

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.

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Is it okay to take proton pump inhibitors long-term?

Is it okay to take proton pump inhibitors long-term?

PPI: Some studies have shown the increase of stomach polyps (so far benign) and also increase risk of Clostridium difficile infection.

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Must proton pump inhibitors be taken without eating anything?

Must proton pump inhibitors be taken without eating anything?

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.

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Is it possible to become dependent on proton pump inhibitors after regular use?

Is it possible to become dependent on proton pump inhibitors after regular use?

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.

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What can I do to discontinue usage of proton pump inhibitors once u have it for a long time?

What can I do to discontinue usage of proton pump inhibitors once u have it for a long time?

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.

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Can you get bad side effects taking proton pump inhibitor (ppi) tablets?

PPI side effects: There are concerns that reducing stomach acidity may be contributing to clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. There also may be a link between long-term use of ppis & osteoporosis. If you develop resistant diarrhea or are at risk for osteoporosis, consult your fp for further evaluation.