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Lansoprazole 30mg first thing in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast.

 

Absolutely no problems while taking it but I tried stopping to see if it was OK once and within a few days the problem was back.

 

 

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45 minutes ago, Flustered said:

Lansoprazole 30mg first thing in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast.

 

Absolutely no problems while taking it but I tried stopping to see if it was OK once and within a few days the problem was back.

 

 

 

Thank you, so you mean that you have to take it forever ? Any problem taking it long term ? And you do not need anything else ?

 

This kind of treatment I can do it ! I am looking for something easy !

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, bangkokairportlink said:

 

Thank you, so you mean that you have to take it forever ? Any problem taking it long term ? And you do not need anything else ?

 

This kind of treatment I can do it ! I am looking for something easy !

 

 

 

 

It is one of the most common drugs used in treatment of acid reflux. And yes, I take it forever (till I push up the daisies).

 

I have a hiatus hernia which causes the acid reflux and this really helps.

 

I have been taking it for over 10 years with no apparent side effects at all. Talking with others over the years, this seems the most popular drug for controlling it.

 

In your case, it all depends on what is causing your acid reflux. For me, I am not prepared to have an operation that may or may not improve the situation but could worsen it so it is the lanzoprazol.

 

You really need to look at the cause and not the symptoms. It could be as simple as a change in food will sort you out, no curries or alcohol. Bummer I know but you have to do what you have to do.

 

Good luck.

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I don't need or take this kind of medication on any kind of long term basis. But I need need to take it in the past at one point, so I read up on the issues at the time. There are potential health concerns especially about long-term use, and those concerns have been elevated in recent years by new studies on various adverse impacts related to long-term use. If you're having problems, you should consult with a gastro doctor, and not just set out on a course of self-medicating.

 

See the following as examples of the discussion:

 

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/820136

 

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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), available with or without a prescription, are commonly used for the treatment of acid-related disorders. Despite their ease of availability and common use, PPIs can have severe side effects. The long-term consequences of chronic PPI use include the potential increased risk of hypocalcemia, hypomagnesemia, Clostridium difficile infections, and pneumonia.

 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314145.php

 

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Common heartburn drugs may raise stroke risk

published Wednesday 16 November 2016
 
Proton pump inhibitors are a class of drugs commonly used to treat heartburn - pain in the chest or throat caused by the rising of stomach acid into the esophagus. But new research suggests this medication should be used with caution, after finding it could raise the risk of ischemic stroke.
In a study of almost 245,000 Danish adults, researchers found the risk of ischemic stroke was increased by a fifth with the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).

 

 
 
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I use Ranitidine 300mg caps to treat my acid reflux (hiatus hernia), but I dont use it regularly - just when I feel an attack coming on (usually overindulgence in cheese, pastry, bread).

 

Ranitidine is easily available here and really cheap.

 

When living in the UK I used Zantac (branded Ranitidine), which is quite expensive, and I found that the dissolvable version was very quick-acting. Unfortunately I never found it in Thailand and it seems to have disappeared from the pharmacies in the UK too.

 

If anyone knows of a dissolvable version of Ranitidine in Thailand I would appreciate it.

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Just a cautionary note.

 

Honor Whiteman is not a qualified doctor but a journalist. She is reporting other research which also states that at the lowest doses of the PPIs, there was slight or no increased stroke risk.

http://newsroom.heart.org/news/Xpopular-heartburn-medication-may-increase-ischemic-stroke-risk

 

The OP has GERD which is caused by a hiatus hernia and not just common heartburn. If he has been diagnosed as having GERD I assume he has seen a doctor and been assessed. We are all different and not everyone has to take this treatment ad infinitum. For many it is only a 12 week course.

 

Without doubt, the best course of action is to see a qualified medical specialist.

 

I need this medication permanently and along with hundreds and thousands of others have no issues or problems with it. I have been taking it for over 10 years and no side or ill effects.

 

See a specialist doctor.

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5 minutes ago, Flustered said:

The OP has GERD which is caused by a hiatus hernia and not just common heartburn. If he has been diagnosed as having GERD I assume he has seen a doctor and been assessed.

Actually, we don't know "what" the OP has or has been diagnosed with, or by whom...

 

All we know is, the OP asked about medications for a specific condition. He made no mention of having seen a doctor and whether any doctor he may have seen diagnosed GERD.  But even if GERD was the diagnosis, that doesn't change the issues that have been raised about long-term use of these medications.

 

When I had my short-term stomach problems a while back, I went to see a gastro specialist in BKK and she prescribed omaprazole. We had a discussion about its use, and she said it's fine for short-term use, like a month or so. But she also cautioned about its longer term use.

 

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4 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Actually, we don't know "what" the OP has or has been diagnosed with, or by whom...

 

Don't get on your high horse.

 

The OP asked for advice on GERD. As this is a specific item it is reasonable to assume he has already seen a doctor. as how else would he know he has GERD?

 

I still state that he should see a specialist doctor and not go by what some FMs may or may not have. That is why I explained my case and then stated clearly to see a specialist.

 

He is looking for information not scare stories or arguments.

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If he had already seen a gastro doctor, why would he be asking on ThaiVisa what kind of medicines people take for a particular condition?

 

If he had in fact seen a gastro doctor for a specific problem, presumably the doctor would have prescribed an appropriate medication, and he could have had that discussion with his doctor.

 

You're making a lot of presumptions that simply aren't known on the basis of the OPs post. And by the way, the various studies that point to risks with long term use of these medications ARE information, and not stories or arguments. Just because you've had no problems doesn't mean there aren't risks with these medications.

 

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For gods sakes. He asked for information and all you want to do is hijack the thread for an argument and scare link.

 

You don't have GERD, you don't have a hiatus hernia so you do not know how much this affects someone.

 

My last words.

 

OP, you have my response as someone who has this condition and I hope you receive other helpful responses. 

 

Good luck.

 

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I have GERD and gastritis and the worst thing to take is PPI and antacids as it only hides the symptoms.  It is mainly caused by poor bad eating habits and not enough stomach acid, so apple cider vinegar before meals works for me.  If i have a a particularly bad episode i will take 1 motilium tablet.

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I used drugs to control it when I was in Thailand, but had a friend bring me some Rolaids (you could not buy them in Thailand at the time) and realized that one or two would control it completely when I needed it. All they are is calcium, so not unhealthy. Later, I found out that a teaspoon per day of unrefined coconut oil mostly kept it under control and once in a while a Rolaid or Tums right before bed, if I eaten something acidic. However, I am not sure that coconut oil works on everyone - not a lot of info on the internet concerning that effect. It does work on me. 

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IUsed Lansoprazole 30mg  for 10 years in uk along with and i cant remember the name now a 300mg slow release anti acid tablet on the night time as prescribed by UK quack.

Came here with about 6 months supply. Couldnt get either of them here so used a few diffrent types untill i hit on the perfect formula for me 2x 20mg omeprazole in the morning and two x 150mg ranitadine on the night. Works for me if i forget to take either i know in about 2 hrs as the acid starts.

No long term side affects that i am aware of. But rather than the crap acid and heartburn and all the other symptoms i get if i dont take them. I will carry on taking them.

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7 hours ago, stubuzz said:

I have GERD and gastritis and the worst thing to take is PPI and antacids as it only hides the symptoms.  It is mainly caused by poor bad eating habits and not enough stomach acid, so apple cider vinegar before meals works for me.  If i have a a particularly bad episode i will take 1 motilium tablet.

Until we hear back from the OP we will not know what is causing his GERD. If it is just heartburn then PPi is not the answer but if it is a  hiatus hernia, it needs to be dealt with by a specialist doctor.

 

Unless someone has a  hiatus hernia, they do not know the discomfort it can cause even when on a very restricted diet.

 

 

 

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