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Old 03-23-2015, 09:30 AM   #21
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Can one be on Prilosec indefinitely?
I asked my Doctor about taking it for a long time and he reassured me that there is little if any downside to taking omeprazole (Prilosec is the name brand and costs more). He said that on the other hand, not taking it when you have long term heart burn or GERD can be very bad - people often develop Barrett's esophagus which can lead to esophageal cancer. Nasty.

You should ask your doctor about it.

Also, it's pretty cheap. Costco sells 42 20 mg tablets for $16 and it's often on sale for even less. That's 38 per day.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:43 AM   #23
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EastWest Gal, Yes, that story about the guy overdosing on Tums sounds like me! I was taking about 5 per day of the 1000 mg generic Tums. Maybe more on some days, thinking oh well, a little calcium is good for the bones right? (The Tums bottle does have a warning about taking too much) But at my last physical I was surprised to see that my blood test showed I was a little into the red zone on the calcium level (!) My GP said that the Tums could have caused it to be high. Of course I then researched hypercalcemia and found out about the kidney stones, calcium deposits, and the parathyroid glands ( I do have hypothyroidism btw, had it for many years), and leaching of bone calcium into bloodstream, etc. I'm going to have another blood test for thyroid and calcium in a couple months. I will stop the Tums a few weeks prior to the test, or sooner. Hopefully, I'll be on a natural remedy by then.
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I was miserable, doc put me on zegrid. Expensive and after a few weeks of relief it had other very unpleasant side effects(on me). Now breakfast is yogurt followed by a banana. No pills or meds(perscriptions or OTC ). Seriously do check it out with your doc too.
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It all depends on how bad your acid reflux is and what you have eaten that triggers it.
I generally wait for 2 hours before laying prone after eating anything. My case is mild. Yours sounds more advanced.

Have you consulted a doctor ? Erosion of the esophagus is serious stuff. That advice came from Mr B.
Yes, went to an ENT 15 years ago, about a persistent cough, he did a scope look at my throat, via my nasal passages. He suspected acid reflux, and prescribed Prevacid (as a prescription back then). The Prevacid worked wonders. No more coughing, no more acid. Then I went off it and the cough didn't come back for a while. But it did come back, and the acid, eventually. I don't want Barret's esophagus or any of that stuff, of course. I talked to my GP about the cough at my last physical. If I can't control the acid naturally, I may go on something like Omeprazole semi-permanently.
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Yes, went to an ENT 15 years ago, about a persistent cough, he did a scope look at my throat, via my nasal passages. He suspected acid reflux, and prescribed Prevacid (as a prescription back then). The Prevacid worked wonders. No more coughing, no more acid. Then I went off it and the cough didn't come back for a while. But it did come back, and the acid, eventually. I don't want Barret's esophagus or any of that stuff, of course. I talked to my GP about the cough at my last physical. If I can't control the acid naturally, I may go on something like Omeprazole semi-permanently.
Excellent.

There are all sorts of lists (online) of foods to avoid if subject to excess stomach acid. Most of the lists are consistent.
Also, timing your eating of possible triggering foods while you are upright is a good way to minimize the acid reflux symptoms.
I continue to eat pizza, drink coffee and eat tomatoes and citrus fruits, but never in the evening before laying prone. I also eat easy to digest food for dinner as a preventative measure.
I also saw a reference (online) to elevating your mattress using blocks of wood under the portion where your head is.
Timing and gravity are your best allies to minimize the symptoms.
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Can one be on Prilosec indefinitely?
I hope so! I have been on Prilosec since about 1992, I think. I have diabetes related gastro-paresis, so I have a heck of a case of reflux.

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Thanks, I guess "since 1992" is as indefinitely as I need.



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I asked my Doctor about taking it for a long time and he reassured me that there is little if any downside to taking omeprazole (Prilosec is the name brand and costs more). He said that on the other hand, not taking it when you have long term heart burn or GERD can be very bad - people often develop Barrett's esophagus which can lead to esophageal cancer. Nasty.

You should ask your doctor about it.

Also, it's pretty cheap. Costco sells 42 20 mg tablets for $16 and it's often on sale for even less. That's 38 per day.
Thanks, mpeirce...

I did ask my doctor about it. But, since I've been reading this message board, I no longer trust my doctor(s), so instead I ask for and get my medical advice here. Anyhow, you confirmed what the doc told me, so I guess we're all good. I have been taking omeprazole as opposed the name brand Prilosec (In my initial post, I was not ambitious enough to find the correct spelling of "omeprazole" so I went with "Prilosec" instead). And, I do buy omeprazole at Costco. The med seems practically free, which amazes me because the Kirkland box is as attractive as the Prilosec box.
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My doctor does not want to keep me on Prilosec permanently because of possible longterm damage to my bones. Has anyone else heard of this? I have very frequent, often severe indigestion and frequently heartburn too. I do have minor GERD. I am only 38 and borderline normal/overweight. I just finished up 3 months of prescription strength Prilosec, and the indigestion is back just 2 days of being off the meds. I try to avoid most of the indigestion triggers: citrus, tomatoes, alcohol, carbonated beverages, caffeine, greasy foods, and so on. I will occasionally have a slice of tomato & a decaf latte, though not together. I also have had three other bad flare ups that lasted a couple months when I was younger & thinner. I am very depressed that my doctors and I cannot figure out how to control my terrible indigestion. Any tests I should insist my PCP run on me? Should I see a specialist?
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One test that I know of (and took) was an "h pylori" test. Very simple, you drink some not bad testing stuff and then blow into a tube. Your get your results in 10-15 minutes. They are looking for a bacteria that may be causing GERD and/or ulcer-like symptoms.

I do see a specialist, a GI doc. For a second opinion I confer with mpeirce.

My doc said that a woman taking Prilosec over a long period of time may eventually suffer from osteoporosis.
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