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Old 07-12-2007, 06:43 PM   #1
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Question GERD + Previcid = Vitamin b12 deficiency?

Hi there,

I was diagnosed with GERD 10 years ago and have been on a daily dose of Prevacid ever since. I wish I could stop taking it but as soon as I try my GERD returns with a vengence. Lately I have been experiencing disturbing symptoms that I am worried could be related to vitamin b12 deficiency. Numbness, tingling, vertigo, exhaustion, my knees and ankles buckle at times. I am very pale and I don't feel like eating very much at all. Could the Prevacid be taking a toll on my vitamin b12? If so, does anyone know of any effective, safe procedures to correct GERD?

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Old 07-12-2007, 07:41 PM   #2
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Re: GERD + Previcid = Vitamin b12 deficiency?

Pernicious anemia is a known side effect from PPI therapy.
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Old 07-14-2007, 04:58 PM   #3
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Re: GERD + Previcid = Vitamin b12 deficiency?

You really need to have your B12 level checked. The best way to diagnois B12 deficiency is have a Urine methylmalonic acid (MMA) Level and a homocystiene test done. The serum B12 test may produce false "normal" or "high" indications, even when you are actually deficient. Your symptoms will continue to get worse and could lead to permanent damage if not treated. The best treatment is B12 injections. I don't have any suggestions on any other ways to treat gerd, however you can not just ignore the low
B12, it has to be treated.

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