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Question: Prilosec - Safe duration of treatment?


 txjessy - Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:28 pm

I've heard/read several different things on the amount of time it is considered safe to take Prilosec for acid reflux. Does anyone know if there are any studies or findings that show any adverse effects from taking this medication for an extended period of time? If you've had an upper GI, and it showed no ulcers or other damage, and you continue to have acid reflux, is it safe to continue taking prilosec indefinately? The doctors have given me a few things to do to help with the acid reflux (elevate the head of my bed, lose some weight, watch what I eat, etc), all of which I have done or am working on....but in the meantime, I'm concerned about continuing the medication.

Thanks
 shnswms - Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:38 am

Doctors have been prescribing Prilosec for over 15 years with little side effects noted. The FDA does not restrict the long term use of this drug. I read that sometimes small changes in stomach cells have been seen. But I would think it would be better then the possibility of esophageal cancer which is a very aggressive cancer due to changes in the esophagus from chronic acid reflux. If you are overweight, that would be the first step to take. Being overweight causes excess pressure on the stomach that causes reflux into the esophagus. If you have really bad acid reflux and medicines do not help there are surgeries out there that can help correct the problem. One of the doctors responded to this same question the next page over. Check it out. Good luck.

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