Desperately need info on long-term Ranitidine use
I've suffered from GERD since I was 21 (I'm now 38) and virtually the whole time have been on Ranitidine. General consensus of information from the web and my Doctor is that it's perfectly safe for long-term use.
However, I have since found small references that Ranitidine should only be used for a few months, and that long-term use can cause serious mineral deficiencies.
This is of very serious note to me as in the last seven years I have been diagnosed first with Essential Hypertension (high blood pressure for which they can find no cause) and then HypoThyroidism. All this, coupled with panic attacks for the last few years has left me in a mess as I'm sure you can understand!
I have spent many, many hours searching the internet for studies on long term use of this drug but have found nothing. Can someone please help? I have some medical training so a professional/scientific study is ideal.
I'm not looking to sue my Doctor! Just want to try and help myself inbetween bloodtests! Panic Attacks, Hypertension and Thyroid problems have variously been linked to mineral problems, so I'm hoping to find a link.
I have just ordered a private Hair Mineral Analysis but results won't be back until after Christmas.
Thanks and God bless