33, F, acid reflux disease, does it cause malnutrition or loss of vitamins or does the regular use of antacids cause it?

No, nothing serious. Acid reflux disease, sometimes called, GERD does not cause any nutritional effects. Most antacids used to treat acidity are benign and of minimal consequences. PPIs do have some rare effects on electrolytes like magnesium and Calcium but only after many years of use. This can lead to occasional bone fractures but they are so rare the benefit is much greater than the risk.

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I have a inlet patch outside my stomach in my esophagus and it causes severe acid reflux disease. How can inlet patch be repaired?

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Could acid reflux disease causes throat cancer?

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What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

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My sister had a mametry test and pH test for acid reflux disease. Tests were neg but can she still have acid reflux/gerd?

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