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    Old 12-31-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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    new here - how long is it safe to stay on Nexium?

    I started experiencing burning in the chest and throat and need to burp in September '07. It started suddenly one night and remained pretty constant. I had never had heartburn before. After about 2 weeks with no let up, I saw my family doctor. She presribed omezerperole, which I tried for a month but it did not help. I was sent for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy in late November. The endoscopy showed a small hiatial hernia. I was started on Nexium, 40 mg per day. It has helped somewhat - no more burning in chest, but still feel heat in throat and sometimes the feeling of a lump in throat. My question is, how long is it safe to stay on Nexium? On the Nexium website, it indicates that the medicine is for short-term use (4 to 8 weeks), but my doctor says it's ok to stay on it indefinitely. Has anyone had experience with longer term use? I am worried about the long term effects but don't know if I should go off it.

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    Old 12-31-2007, 12:25 PM   #2
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    Re: new here - how long is it safe to stay on Nexium?

    I couldnt afford Nexium...(no insurance) I have been taking Prilosec OTC. I've been on it for 4 months now. Don't know what the long term situation will be...but I will let you know.

    I think I'm going to be on it forever. But if it helps with my GERD...I don't mind.

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