Hello everyone I am glad to have found this site. I'm in my late 30s and had an endoscopy done yesterday which found what the doc believes is early Barrett's. I am an RN and requested to have one because of heartburn that wakes me up in my sleep from time to time. I have no heartburn issues at any other time, just when I lay down within an hour or two of eating. Anyway, the GI doc says he wants me to go on Omeprazole for life because he said it definitively stops Barrett's from developing further. That sounds well and good.
However, I have studied proton pump inhibitors quite a bit in my schooling and have done a bit more research on them of late and I am struggling mightily with the thought of taking the med long-term for the following reasons:
- there are no studies beyond 6 years in length of long-term consequences of omeprazole use.
- the acids that Omep stops are also crucially needed to break down proteins before their arrival in the small intestines. when these proteins are allowed through, it often leads IgE-induced food allergies. Some people report becoming allergic to all sorts of foods from nuts, dairy products, anything with gluten in it, some develop Celiac's Disease
- Omep also can lead to anemia and hypoxia because it interferes with Vitamin B12 absorption, Vitamin D absorption, and therefore Calcium absorption, all of these interfere with red blood cell production and can lead to bone density loss
- Also, I have seen that many people online have complained they cannot come off Omep because of crazy rebound acid spikes and heartburn that doesn't go away, forcing people to go back on Omep.
As with any med, you must weigh the benefits with the risks. This sounds a bit too risky for me. A couple of months ago, I began to wonder if maybe I had night-time GERD, so I put the head of my bed up on blocks and stopped eating or drinking within 3 hours of bedtime and I really don't wake up with heartburn anymore.
What I want to know is, in your experiences, do you think what I've done enough? I really don't want all the problems with Omep, but I also know that if I develop esophageal cancer, there is a less than 10 percent chance of living 5 more years. I really want to hear from all of you.