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Have bad reflux for years. Only help is nexium (esomeprazole). Can I take this forever? What are the risks? I have a good diet already.

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Dr. Randall Bock
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In brief: Liquid antacids work

If your problem genuinely is acid-related (e.
g. Reflux, heartburn, peptic ulcer), then liquid antacids *have to* work. Simple chemistry (acid/base) dictates that this is the case. The base (antacid) neutralizes any excess acid, creating water and salts. Try tapering nexium, (esomeprazole) and if there is heartburn, use maalox (prn). Stomach acid has an original reason: sterilizing and breaking down foods.

In brief: Liquid antacids work

If your problem genuinely is acid-related (e.
g. Reflux, heartburn, peptic ulcer), then liquid antacids *have to* work. Simple chemistry (acid/base) dictates that this is the case. The base (antacid) neutralizes any excess acid, creating water and salts. Try tapering nexium, (esomeprazole) and if there is heartburn, use maalox (prn). Stomach acid has an original reason: sterilizing and breaking down foods.
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