Acid lowering medications, specifically Proton-Pump Inhibitors or PPI’s, are very effective at reducing the production of gastric acid in the stomach. But there are some risks associated with taking them long term.
The long-term consequences of chronic PPI use (acid suppression therapy) include the potential increased risk of bone fractures, hypocalcemia (low calcium), hypomagnesemia (low magnesium), vitamin B12 deficiency, Clostridium difficile infections, pneumonia, and heart attack. Acid suppression therapy can interfere with other medications you may be taking by causing them to be less effective.
Have you already tried to discontinue your PPI therapy in the past but experienced a worsening of symptoms?* Abruptly stopping your PPI could lead to rebound acid reflux.
This is why we created the Ditch Your PPI program!
Our pharmacists are available for consultation & collaboration with your health care prescriber. We can provide you with a personalized taper protocol of your acid lowering drug and recommend supportive therapy to manage symptoms of long-term acid suppression and rebound acid reflux.
*Talk with your doctor and pharmacist first to see if you are an eligible candidate to discontinue your heart burn medication.