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What is the long term effects of taking heart burn medication like prilosec? I heard it can thin your hair? Is this true? Any other long term effects?
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Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes.
Long term use of proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec can decrease your ability to digest and absorb food.
..Therefore they may lead to bone loss and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Please see your doctor to discuss reflux and other treatments.

In brief: Yes.
Long term use of proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec can decrease your ability to digest and absorb food.
..Therefore they may lead to bone loss and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Please see your doctor to discuss reflux and other treatments.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, growing concern
That long-term use of proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec (ppi's) may increase risk for clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (one that is becoming increasingly difficult to treat) & may also increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Preventive measures such as adequate calcium & vitamin d3 in the diet (rather than supplements) & adequate weight-bearing exercise may counter bone integrity concerns.

In brief: Yes, growing concern
That long-term use of proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec (ppi's) may increase risk for clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (one that is becoming increasingly difficult to treat) & may also increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Preventive measures such as adequate calcium & vitamin d3 in the diet (rather than supplements) & adequate weight-bearing exercise may counter bone integrity concerns.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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