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my mom takes helicid every day for months and I wory is it

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my mom takes helicid every day for months and I wory is it ok?
Hi--why exactly is she talking the medication?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

She says if she doesn't take it she has as hart burn pain and can't sleep.

And is this by prescription and, if so, has a doctor evaluated her problem?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It's more like she told the doctor how she feels and he teling her you may try helicid. She is 74 years old. Is the helicid a medecine you can take for ever?

No, actually it should only be taken for a few weeks at first. At this point it could cause poor absorption of vitamins and it could lead to osteoporosis so she really shouldn't be taking in this long without an evaluation by a gastroenterologist. She needs upper endoscopy and a screening for H pylori--the so-called ulcer bug. She may have an ulcer or chronic gastritis and she may well need other medications rather that the constant heilicid she's taking now
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