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Another article has just been publish linking the use of heartburn prescriptions to cancer and kidney disease.

I take this medication daily for the past eight years.
Anyone else concerned?


https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/popular-heartburn-drugs-linked-to-fatal-heart-disease-chronic-kidney-disease-stomach-cancer/

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I’m very concerned. I’ve been taking for almost three years and haven’t followed up with doc in a while. I really need them but so scared to see if I’m helping or hurting myself. Let’s keep each other up to date I’m calling doctor his week!

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6 hours ago, berry girl said:

Another article has just been publish linking the use of heartburn prescriptions to cancer and kidney disease.

Another article but they're still citing the same study. No idea how flawed or not flawed that study is though.

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Anyone else concerned?

Yes, of course. I wonder how long it takes to get back to some baseline risk level.

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I'm glad that I don't take it anymore. Now that I've been sleeved I don't have GERD/Acid Reflux anymore.

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they've moved some long-term users over to H2 blockers like prescription Zantac - although they don't work for everyone (they do for some, though). It's a real problem - PPI's worked very well for most people.

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I saw a Bariatric doctor last year and he said if I converted to a mini gastric bypass I would no longer have to take them as acid issue would be fixed. Have you heard this?

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I have read that the risk of reflux with a mini bypass is still relatively high, generally RNY is recommended for reflux a,though sometimes even that doesn’t work

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2 hours ago, berry girl said:

I saw a Bariatric doctor last year and he said if I converted to a mini gastric bypass I would no longer have to take them as acid issue would be fixed. Have you heard this?

Depends. I was told that there would be an 80% chance that I wouldn't need reflux meds anymore. I wasn't one of the 80%.

Only recently though when I quit all dairy I was able to wean myself off the PPI. I'm without them since a few days and I hope that the last remaining symptoms I sometimes have at night will either go away completely (the proton pumps need some adjustment time after all) or that at least I won't have esophagitis in the next EGD.

Regarding the MGB vs. RNY - usually an RNY is the surgery to go for. However, I was revised into an MGB Dr. Rutledge performs with the option to revise to RNY later if necessary (there was a specific reason for this decision so no discussions on how much sense that might make or not). I also had a hernia that was closed.

Rutledge has some information regarding MGB and reflux on youtube if you're interested.

In sum the surgery is no guarantee that you can stop taking reflux medication. There might also be a hernia and some food sensitivities contributing to the reflux problem.

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I don’t suffer with it but was told I have to take them for life , as any acid would eventually cause little ulcers in the stomach at the site where it was cut

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