Omeprazole problems

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Hi everyone.I am new to this forum.I have had Barretts since the late 80's & have been taking Omeprazole ever since so that is approx 30 years!!! I read a post yesterday warning of the dangers of these drugs & have got very anxious now after reading it.I am a white male aged 55, 5' 6" & 9st 4lb.I do like my food & probably eat a lot of wrong things but in moderation.I have suffered with chronic fatigue for a number of years now & also quite bad insomnia struggling to get 2 hours sleep per night.I have also had slight anxiety/depression which I read is all symptoms relating to taking omeprazole, & feel my stomach is heavy all the time.I have had regular 2 yearly endoscopys,the last one being 2 years ago & they don't wish to see me for 5 years (3 years time now).I am talking to my doctor tomorrow regarding my concerns but could anybody advise me on maybe an alternative to omeprazole please.

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    Larry, can I say you give me hope!! I am only 31 newly diagnosed with Barrett’s and the fact that you have had it all these years eases my anxiety significantly! Thank you! As far as the Omeprazole have you been having routine blood testing done? Usually they should check for magnesium and B12 because of the medication can deplete these. Also maybe taking a calcium supplement could help or ask your dr. If you should be. Routine kidney function and cardiac assessment.  I feel that if you have been on it this long and everything checks out you should be ok just monitor those things 
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      Hello Vera.Thank you for your response.I am glad I have given you hope.I have been on omeprazole 40mg for I don't know how long.I did drop down to 20mg but things started to flare up again so went back to 40mg & now everything seems fine.The only symptoms I get now are clearing my throats after eating & slightly during the day.Sometimes my stomach feels slightly heavy & bloated but generally the Barrett's is under control.I have just seen the doctor with my concerns from reading things on the internet to do with omeprazole being so harmful.My doctor said that if everybody read everything to do with side effects nobody would risk taking any medication!!! I was told that due to Barrett's being linked to cancer there is no way out of taking omeprazole so will just have to keep on with it!!!. Due to my fatigue & sleep problems I now have an appointment to have blood tests for B12 deficiency & thyroid etc.I do hope your symptoms  aren't causing you too many problems.Best wishes.Larry.

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    I too have read that PPI's can be very problematic, especially if taken long term... I also read that good old 20mg Pepcid 1X or 2X/day was almost as effective with much less risk... adding Gaviscon to the mix might be a very good move, if you try to switch to Pepcid...  Look into DGL and mastic Gum too...

    I was just diagnosed with Barrett's, have to get more info, not sure if I have dysplasia or not... I have not had GERD symptoms for years, sporadic minor heartburn... but smoked for a long time, quit in 2010 and used to drink pretty heavy on the weekends...  maybe that is the cause...  I am not sweating it too much... will monitor and have a procedure done if necessary...  I am 62 and think I can outlast this...  GL to you!

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