Just want to give you something to think about as being on any PPI/H2-blocker can cause more problems down the road. Your stomach produces acid for a reason, to break down food for digestion. There is evidence that heartburn is caused by too little acid on your stomach. Give this article a read. (http://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd) If I were you, I would find out if this is the problem. If so, then taking HCL supplements would help you and not affect your health. What happens when you take medications that lower/stop acid production, is that you stop absorbing a lot of nutrients. This can cause many different chronic illnesses. I was on different types of PPI's for almost 8 years and just recently stopped taking them once finding out about this information. Since I have stopped, my energy levels have increased and I feel better. I still have some heartburn from day to day, but that is do to what is called the rebound effect of being on the medications. If I were you, I would do some research on possible ways to prevent this naturally vs. taking medications as the medications will only mask the symptoms but not get rid of the problem.