Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine
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In brief: Use it sparingly

Omeprazole is safe used occasionally but it is associated with problems when taken long term. This type of drug is associated with risks of pneumonia, malabsorption of nutrients and bone density loss.
If you can figure out natural ways to avoid the reflux it would be best. If you only use the omeprazole occasionally it should be fine.

In brief: Use it sparingly

Omeprazole is safe used occasionally but it is associated with problems when taken long term. This type of drug is associated with risks of pneumonia, malabsorption of nutrients and bone density loss.
If you can figure out natural ways to avoid the reflux it would be best. If you only use the omeprazole occasionally it should be fine.
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