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I have been taking prilosec continuously for a few months now.

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I have been taking prilosec continuously for a few months now. are there side effects, short or long term, that I should be aware of?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Before I answer, the reason for taking it and other medical conditions and medications?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I have had heart burn for quite some time. done bunch of checks and it seems to be just acid reflux. aside from taking prilosec I also try to eat slower, chew my food more, and reduce stress.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Were you ever screened for H pylori--the so-called ulcer bug?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
yes. I had some of that and took antibiotics. did that regiment twice actually.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
OK. Potential risk of long term use includes osteoporosis and potential fractures, possible liver damage, and possible yeast or Candidal esophagitis. I say potential because not all patients on long term Prilosec get any of these complications. In general, it's best to take it for a few months and then not take it for a few.
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