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I would recommend not stopping this medicine without the doctor's consultation
Since you anyways feel that this may help you in preventing serious complications
An the side-effects appear to be minimal
I would recommend not stopping it
You can try a lower dose if you want, after talking to your physician thought
Do you think this would actually prevent cancer from developing?
I see no reason for it unless it is a cancer prevention
People who have uncontrolled GERD may be at risk for Barrett’s esophagus — a condition in which the cells in the esophagus change. Although it is rare, a small number of people with Barrett’s esophagus may develop esophageal cancer. PPIs are used to treat acid reflux associated with Barrett’s esophagus and may lower the risk of cellular changes in the esophagus that can lead to cancer.
i do not suffer from gerd or heartburn......i have intestinal discomfort but i don't think this drug is any use in that area
Since I do not know why the drug has been continued by your doctor
I really cannot recommend its discontinuation
However you may try a lower dose to reduce the side-effects after talking to him
ok..... one more question...are there side effects if the drug is stopped abruptly
Basically recurrence of the original symptoms that prompted starting therapy in the first place
which may worsen over a period of time and damage the stomach lining
but if i stopped and no symptoms returned you would consider it safe to do swo
A clinical examination would be needed possibly with a repeat scopy to confirm the same
and if you are absolutely fine, then certainly further therapy is not needed
in other words you think the risk of cancer outweighs the side effects of the drug
is there a naturopathic way to go?
Certainly especially given your strong f/h
nothing that is scientifically rigorously studied in my opinion