gums bleeding/ppi/relux/Barratts

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hi All i know i have raised this issue before, some of you suggested Corsodyl Daily, which i have been doing twice a day, but i still have the issue in the morning and sometimes during the day, i am on 40mg Nexium (esomeprazol) once a day, i am worried my teeth will be affected by it. Is it the acid causing this or a side effect of the meds?? if it's the acid, how come i dont have a burning throat of mouth???

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    Would seem to me if the Nexium were working then you shouldn't have acid coming up into your mouth. Here's from the FDA website: "Bone fractures. People who take multiple daily doses of Proton Pump Inhibitor medicines for a long period of time (a year or longer) may have an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. You should take NEXIUM exactly as prescribed, at the lowest dose possible for your treatment and for the shortest time needed. Talk to your doctor about your risk of bone fracture if you take NEXIUM."

    They say nothing about it affecting your teeth, but in my opinion (not a doctor nor have any medical training so take it for what it is) if it's causing a decrease in calcium throughout the body and you were taking it long term, then I don't see how it wouldn't affect teeth.  Here's from the CDC website:  "Calcium

    Calcium is a mineral needed by the body for healthy bones, teeth, and proper function of the heart, muscles, and nerves. The body cannot produce calcium; therefore, it must be absorbed through food. Good sources of calcium include

    Dairy products—low fat or nonfat milk, cheese, and yogurt

    Dark green leafy vegetables—bok choy and broccoli

    Calcium fortified foods—orange juice, cereal, bread, soy beverages, and tofu products


    Recommended amount of calcium vary for individuals. Below is a table of adequate intakes as outlined by the National Academy of Science."

    So again, I'm not a doctor nor have any medical training, but I see where you're coming from thinking that might be causing some issues.  Have you asked your doctor about increasing your intake of calcium and vitamin d?  Also, Nexium taken long term can decrease magnesium levels, so that's something else to ask your doctor about.  

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    Hi Kevin

    Try asking your dentist and tell them the meds your on they should know what's what with bleeding ! 

    Is the bleed in one area of your mouth or all over ? If in one place you could have a abscess  if all over could be a reaction to meds but do go to dentist .



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    Hi Kevin;  I too am concerned re your "bleeding gums" could be as a result of Many things.  Are your gums swollen or red? if so, it could be a Gum Disease (Peri-dontites/Gingavites), which your dentist can advise you on correct treatment.  If not, you should speak to your doctor/GP, and have bloods you,have any other symptoms, such as Swollen Glands/dizziness?....I really think this is an issue for a professional.   Let us know how you get on.....we are all concerned,   Bron
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      hi thanks for your response, gums are not swollen or red at all there's no pain or anything, ive got an appt with the dentist next week so i'll ask then, ref 'bloods' had all that done on 1st Apr this year when i had my endoscopy, all clear, thankfully...
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      good...let us know your answers, if you get a satisfactory one....if not keep being persistent....Bron

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