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Side Effects of Long-Term PPI/ Anti-GERD Medications
One of the popularly used drug in treating GERD is proton pump inhibitors (PPI). It is called PPI because its reverses a possible acid pump in our stomachs. Additionally, this drugs is also used to soothe inflammation and ulcers of the stomach, duodenal and ileum regions into which the acidic contents of the stomach flow to (Nebel et al., 2016). PPI has seen widespread use since 1985 in the USA and has since registered an impeccable safety record. At the initial stages of introduction of omeprazole, it was dispensed with warnings not to be used for more than eight weeks because growing concerns at the time with regards to aggravated risks of stomach cancer. However, cancer-related findings were only positive...
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