I understand omeprazol destroys magnesium and is dangerous long term, slippery elm has been proposed as an alternative? The reason for the prescription is excessive acid causing the oesophagus to close.
12 Mar 2011
You would have to find out what percentage of magnesium it is destroying... For a full adult female the daily amount of magnesium that is suggested is 310mg a day... a short list of foods very high in magnesium are... black beans 120, Halibut fish, 170, squash 151 and spinach with 157mgs... this is only a few... as long as she is getting the daily amount then there should not be any real adverse effects on her health or her life... If you go to the clinical trials of this particular medication worldwide the majority of side effects are what you can end up with on psych drugs as well as pain relievers and so on... vomiting, nausea, diarreaha, chills, tremors and more... the more serious, still the percentages weren't real high... I am not familiar with slippery elm... natural herb/tree/flower, suprisingly enough taking on natural herbs can be even more dangerous than fda approved medications... and there are statistics to back it up not to mention side effects and death...
talk furhter with the practitioner if the concerns are too intense and see if there are alternatives... god bless, blaze22
12 Mar 2011
and when you pick up a box of Prilosec over the counter it plainly tells you only to use this medication for a certain length of time UNLESS otherwise specified by a physician, I started Ibuprofen 800mg. every 6 hours for a disk in my neck and back the doctor told me you have to protect your stomach my neighbor has just started using prilosec and I had just looked at the box, when answering another question I told the person things used to be kind of cut and dry now you have a drug for multiple problems I think what it comes down to is we have to make individual decisions as we are guided by a doctor (hopefully that we trust) but at the same time we have to use some common sense.
12 Mar 2011
I too take omeprazole long term. It generally is prescribed for short term use but my doctor says it is ok for me to use long term for acid reflux. Keeping the esophagus from closing is very important. As far as the magnesium deficiency, I try and eat foods high in magnesium. You can google "magnesium rich foods" and get a lsit of them.
Acid reflux can cause erosion of the espophagus and long term erosion can lead to more dangerous conditions including cancer, so I trust my doctor's opinion.
You can try to stop the omeprazole after taking for a few months and see if the condition returns, if not then stop, if it does then continue. That is what I have done.
Hope this helps,
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