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Should people who take proton pump inhibitors daily for many years to counter acid reflux be concerned with  side effects?  
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David Miller
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: PPI
Proton pump inhibitors are good drugs for dealing with acid reflux.
The current fda literature suggests a slightly increased risk of fractures when taking these for longer than a year or taking high doses of them. However, the risk of fracture needs to be weighed against the risk of other bad things such as severe reflux symptoms impacting your life... A good conversation to have with your doc!

In brief: PPI
Proton pump inhibitors are good drugs for dealing with acid reflux.
The current fda literature suggests a slightly increased risk of fractures when taking these for longer than a year or taking high doses of them. However, the risk of fracture needs to be weighed against the risk of other bad things such as severe reflux symptoms impacting your life... A good conversation to have with your doc!
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. GANESAN RAJASEKARAN
Internal Medicine
In brief: YES
You need some acid for various absorptive and some anti-bacterial functions.
Iron deficiency is known to occur.

In brief: YES
You need some acid for various absorptive and some anti-bacterial functions.
Iron deficiency is known to occur.
Dr. GANESAN RAJASEKARAN
Dr. GANESAN RAJASEKARAN
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Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
If you have taken the med for many years then you are probably not having any side effects to worry about.
However, chronic reflux puts a person at risk for pre cancerous changes in the esophagus and this needs to be monitored. In addition, if you start a new medication, you should make sure it is compatable with the ppi. Talk to your doc or a gastroenteroloist.

In brief: Yes
If you have taken the med for many years then you are probably not having any side effects to worry about.
However, chronic reflux puts a person at risk for pre cancerous changes in the esophagus and this needs to be monitored. In addition, if you start a new medication, you should make sure it is compatable with the ppi. Talk to your doc or a gastroenteroloist.
Dr. Peter Corrado
Dr. Peter Corrado
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