Is It Ok to Take Prilosec Long-Term?
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.
What Is the Safest Antacid to Take Long-Term?
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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