So, it darned if I do or darned if I don't. My only problem is on and off intestinal gas which is making my entire mid and upper gut knotted feeling. But the doctor didn't appear concerned. So I guess I will deal with it.
at wit's end said...
I am on Protonix 40mg. I called my gastro doctor today asking about getting off of my Protonix. I am just about out of my prescription and had to call for another prescription to be mailed to me. I told them of my husband's concerns about staying on Protonix for long term, as he was concerned that it could cause you to not be able to digest your food good. The first thing out of her mouth was is he a doctor? She then proceeded to ask me what I wanted? She says when I was put on this it was because of chest pain from reflux and that I will be on this the rest of my life. She was very snappy and rude. She said she will mail me a prescription. I wish I had gotten ahold of the nice nurse there named Aggie. But instead, I got the witch from you know where.
Well, it sounds like this is another case of "The doctor knows best." But as we all know, this is not always true. There certainly are some long-term things to think about
with proton pump inhibitors (like Protonix), but the truth is, they haven't been around long enough to know the real long-term consequences of them.
One thing that is known is that any medicine (or vitamin, or food, or etc.) that requires gastric acid in order to be absorbed or broken down will be affected if the PPI is doing its job (and reducing gastric acid). For example, there is a common antifungal medicine that essentially has to be doubled in dose if given to someone taking a PPI. The other thing is that when there is less acid in the stomach, people may be more prone to some gastrointestinal viral/bacterial illnesses that would otherwise be killed by gastric acids.
So, I think PPIs have been shown to be safe thus far, but no one know how taking them for 30 years will affect the body. I personally think that surgical correction of lower esophageal sphincter problem that is the root cause of GERD is going to be the only real cure for a long time - and that surgery needs to be improved upon.