Well, I think the better question is, is it nessecary?
Dugs like nexium are being over used in my opinion in most areas of medicine. Generally it should used for GERD, Ulcers, and other severe issues as opposed to heart burn.
I don't think a lot of doctors think of trying to stop it after someone has used it it for an extended period of time.
I think though, you may want to know if there are an issues with it. Other than having to take a pill every day and pay for an expensive medicine. There are some long term use side effects. The use of PPI's (the class of drugs nexium belongs to) prevents the body from absorbing vitamine B-12. It also can raise your risk of getting a "super infection" C.Diff becasue the stomach acid would normally help kill the bacteria. Finally, just recently released a statement that the use of PPI's can lead to low levels of magnseium in the blood.
Hope this helps
Brian PharmD Candidate
- Nexium Information for Consumers
- Nexium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nexium (detailed)
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