GERD How long can you take Prilosec safely?

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Topic: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), June 2000

Dr. Lee:
The viewer has been on Prilosec for three years continuously, and cannot really stop the Prilosec without having heartburn return. How long is it safe to take Prilosec continuously?

Dr. Marks:
Well, Prilosec has been taken by many individuals for 10 to 15 years at this point. Although there are theoretical concerns about prolonged use, none of these concerns have been realized in the patients who have taken it long term. At this point, long term usage is considered safe.

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Reviewed on 6/29/2000 3:16:00 PM

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