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Long-Term Effects of Prilosec & Heartburn Natural Remedies

Long-term use of Prilosec or other similar proton pump inhibitor heartburn medications may increase a user’s risk of developing serious side effects including chronic kidney disease (CKD), interstitial nephritis, heart attack, bone fractures and more.
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Is It Ok to Take Prilosec Long-Term?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned about the potential health risks of overusing Prilosec and other similar over-the-counter (OTC) PPIs. The agency says that patients should not take the medications for more than 14 days at a time. FDA also warns against taking more than three 14-day courses of Prilosec over the course of a year. Using the drug more than this may lead to serious Prilosec side effects.

Can You Take Omeprazole for Years?

As stated above, omeprazole, the active ingredient in Prilosec, is only intended for short-term treatment of heartburn, non-erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other gastrointestinal conditions. Long-term use is only advised for patients with rare medical conditions that cause hyper-secretion of stomach acid.

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What Is the Safest Antacid to Take Long-Term?

According to Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, oral Protonix (generic: pantoprazole) is a safe, well-tolerated and effective initial and maintenance treatment for patients with GERD or erosive esophagitis. The generic is also considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug.

Are There Natural Remedies for GERD and Heartburn?

Various non-medical and natural alternatives to Prilosec and other PPIs have been used to treat acid reflux. The following naturopathic treatments can be appealing because of a reduced risk of adverse side effects:

  • Probiotics: Studies have found that probiotics can help treat symptoms of GERD and acid reflux by balancing the esophageal and gut microbiome.
  • Herbal Remedies: Some patients use herbal remedies including ginger root, chamomile, slippery elm, marshmallow and licorice to treat heartburn and GERD. However, these remedies have not been backed up by clinical studies.
  • Aloe Vera: A recent study found that aloe vera was safe and well tolerated for treating acid reflux. The study's authors concluded that aloe was a safe, effective treatment for GERD symptoms.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Anecdotal evidence has found that apple cider vinegar may improve GERD symptoms in certain patients. However, this remedy has not been documented scientifically.
  • Baking Soda and Chewing Gum: By neutralizing stomach acid, baking soda may offer temporary relief for symptoms of GERD and chewing gum after meals may reduce stomach acid levels.
  • Acupuncture: Has been used as an alternative method to reduce stomach acid, improve the function of the lower esophageal sphincter, and relieve the symptoms of heartburn.
  • Hypnotherapy: Can be used to promote relaxation and focused attention, and is sometimes used to treat functional bowel disorders such as GERD.

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