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I have been prescribed 20mg per day of omeprazole for acid

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I have been prescribed 20mg per day of omeprazole for acid reflux causing tenderness sensation in throat when eating and after food but very little heartburn. I have also changed my diet and don't eat late. After 3 weeks I think the tablets have helped but sense the problem is still there in a milder form. If the throat has been damaged by the reflux, how long will it take to heal with these tablets ?

Also shall I stop taking the tablets for a week to see if I can manage with diet and gaviscon when needed ? I am concerned as have read about long term effects of such meds.
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Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  replied 3 years ago.

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Hello

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Did the physician who made the diagnosis visualize your throat?

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Were there any associated problems with indigestion etc?

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Those are important in determining the risk / benefit ratio of taking Omeperazole for long term.

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Generally, the Proton pump inhibitors like Omeperazole have a good safety profile, and can be tolerated for a long time (as long as 3-6months).

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However, it has to be medically justified by a diagnosis, requiring acid inhibition

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So, if the diagnosis was acid reflux, and you cut down on the associated 6 S's called secretagogues.

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Soda, Smoking, Spices, Spirits (alchohol), Spacing (your meal times), and Stress

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The time it will take to heal depends on the status. Its variable

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The least length of time for effective healing will be 6 weeks

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The physician would has to re-evaluate you and compare how the throat looked prior to treatment

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So do not be worried about the long term effects of the Omeperazole, if it is prescribed for GERD. The benefit far outweigh the risk of any adverse effect (unless you develop allergic reaction to it)

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Please don't fail to let me know if you need any more clarifications

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