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A little confused on medications
TRMR posted:
I have had GERD since I was 16 and am now 33. I have taken medicine off and on since I was diagnosed at 16. A lot of times I have to switch my medication because after 5-6 months the medication stops working. It seems that the PPI's work better for me, but I am concerned about the side effects and I just read an article that said people often take them for a longer amount of time then needed.

I was recently taking Zantac 150mg twice a day. I have been suffering from lightheadedness/dizziness so one of my doctors (not my PCP) suggested I go back on a PPI. I hate to take the medicine if I could be harming my body more by taking it for so long. I decided to stop my medicine altogether for now and see how I do. There have been periods of time when I haven't needed to take anything.

Now that I have stopped taking the medicine I am having a burning sensation at the base of my neck (where the hole is between collar bones). It is uncomfortable, but not unbearable. I have also been having chest discomfort on the upper left next to my sternum. I have anxiety and the chest pain scares me because I am worried that it is my heart. I have been to my doc many times for chest pain and she assures me it is my GERD.

Sorry for rambling. I just wondered if anyone knows if taking PPI's for long periods of time is dangerous and if there are any other OTC options that don't have dizziness as a side effect (although I am not thinking it had anything to do with the medicine). Is taking OTC antacids like Zantac bad for long periods of time too?

Any help is appreciated!

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