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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. Read more...

What are the effects of proton pump inhibitors used long term? Prescription omeprazole, 40mgm sig 1 cap daily

Malabsorption. The major concern with long-term use is poor absorption of nutrients such as magnesium and many vitamins. Stomach is there for a purpose - it helps in the digestive process. I'd suggest at least annual monitoring by your doctor with blood tests. Read more...

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. Read more...

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

Yes. Need to asses to need for long term therapy and no long term therapy should be left without an endoscopy at some point to dertemine the etiology of the disease causing long term use. Gerd with barretts or chronic dyspepsia all can be a cuse for long term ppi. Downgrading to an antihistamine suce as Zantac (ranitidine) is appropriate as well you should always consult you doctor whenever you use long term meds. Read more...
PPI. Some studies have shown the increase of stomach polyps (so far benign) and also increase risk of Clostridium difficile infection. . Read more...
No! The side effects are staggering over the long term. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies; osteoporosis; kiodney disease; heart disease.

They should be used only short term! Read more...

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. Read more...

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. Read more...

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. Read more...