I take Aciphex and it has helped me a lot! - though not all drugs work the same for everyone. It seems to me that you didn't really give the drug enough time to see if it worked or not - unless I misunderstood you? It takes a while to help keep the acid production down so that your esophagus has time to heal a bit from the irritation of the acid that comes up. When you lie down, you should have the head of your bed elevated - some Dr.'s say 6 inches - this helps aid gravity so that the acid doesn't keep coming back up the esophagus and irritating it and causing the inflammation. Some people find using several pillows to aid them in an almost sitting type position at night helps them.
I'm not a Dr., nor a scientist, so I cannot answer the question whether taking antacids every night can be harmful, but I can tell you that to have the continuous reflux has been proven in some people to definitely be harmful by causing Barrett's esophagus. I have that. It's a condition that is caused by the excess acid and it must be watched so that if any cell changes occur the Dr.'s can watch it for the possibility of cancer. This is rare, but it can happen.
I hope this explanation helped you a bit?! Please take care! :)
Hugs, Teri :)
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