Short-term use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) is often recommended to get symptoms under control for people with acid reflux and other conditions that affect the esophagus or stomach. Long-term use can have benefits as well, but it also poses risks.
What is a PPI?
PPIs are a group of meds that reduce stomach acid. Some examples include esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), and rabeprazole (Aciphex).
Why am I taking a PPI?
Trust Your Doctor
If you have a condition that is best treated with long-term PPI use, your doctor will tell you.
Stop taking your PPI if your doctor recommends it, but never stop taking it on your own. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about long-term PPI use, and together you can decide what’s best for you.