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Desperately need info on long-term Ranitidine use

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Old 12-17-2004, 05:06 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 03-16-2005, 01:44 AM   #2
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im looking for info on long term ppi use ?

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Old 03-16-2005, 06:21 AM   #3
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Re: Desperately need info on long-term Ranitidine use

I was on Rantidine briefly, then switched to PPIs which I have been on for 4 years now. I really don't think there is any problem being on them long term. They are indicated for short term use because many people no longer need meds after that. If you do still need meds- go for it.

Old 03-16-2005, 07:49 AM   #4
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Re: Desperately need info on long-term Ranitidine use

Hi - get the book called "why stomach acid is good for you" - it provides many medical studies that show what acid suppression does to people. Ė Asthma /depression/mal-adsorption/sight problems/bacterial infections/constipation/diarrhea/bloating/gas/atrophic gastritis..........etc....

Old 03-16-2005, 12:17 PM   #5
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Re: Desperately need info on long-term Ranitidine use

Well having less stomach makes absorption of food and vitamins and such less efficient.
so i could imagine u might want to consider supplements.

i know i read that B12 is sometimes a problem..they make B12 lozenges, so u can absorb them without using ur stomach.

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