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Hello. I'm a 20 year old male and after suffering from upper abdominal pain and intermittent heartburn around october of 2019 i went to see a gastroenterologist and had a gastroscopy done. My doc said he found evidence of mild esophogeal erosion and put me on dexilant. I ended up taking famotidine for about 2 months instead and then got on the dexilant for a couple weeks. Currently i take 60mg of it every other day. From the discussions ive had with my doctor he seems to not really be 100% sure how long i should be taking them for and when i expressed concern over the long-term risks of ppis he assured me that there were no conclusive studies linking ppi use to serious ailments. My own online reading seems to contridict that and there are qiite a few studies pointing to links between ppi use and serious issues like kidney failure, heart failure and even cancer.... The ppis do seem to help me (they completely eliminate heartburn but stomach pain persists on some days) but i dont know if taking them is worth it. Can anyone else living with GERD offer me any advice on what i should do? I never smoked or drank heavily and ive attempted to moderate my diet with little success. Also if anyone has been on ppis for a long time have you been negatively impacted?
Thanks to all who read this long-winded anxiety-fuelled post! Stay healthy!
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