These medications are great for short term acid blocking but not so great for long term use.
The long-term consequences of using PPI medications (acid suppression therapy) for a long time include the potential increased risk of bone fractures, hypocalcemia (low calcium), hypomagnesemia (low magnesium), vitamin B12 deficiency, Clostridium difficile infections, pneumonia, and heart attack. Acid suppression therapy can interfere with other medications you may be taking by causing them to be less effective.
Not sure if you are taking a PPI? Here is a list of medications that are PPIs or have PPIs in them.
Prilosec or Omeprazole
Nexium or Esomeprazole
Prevacid or Lansoprazole
Dexilant or Dexlansoprazole
Protonix or Pantoprazole
Aciphex or Rabeprazole
Yosprala or Aspirin/Omeprazole
Vimovo or Naproxen/Esomeprazole
Zegrid or Sodium Bicarbonate/Omeprazole
If your medicaiton is not on this list and want to confirm please give me a call to discuss (901) 757-9434.
Have you already tried to discontinue your PPI therapy in the past but experienced a worsening of symptoms?
Abruptly stopping your PPI could lead to rebound acid reflux.
Our pharmacists are available for consultation & collaboration with your health care prescriber. We can provide you with a personalized taper protocol of your acid lowering drug and recommend supportive therapy to manage symptoms of long term acid suppression and rebound acid reflux.