Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) work by suppressing the production of stomach acid and inhibiting the molecule in the stomach glands that is responsible for acid secretion; the gastric acid pump. PPIs will provide significant relief from acid reflux symptoms in most patients and succeed in healing erosive esophagitis and treating chronic laryngitis caused by GERD. Some PPIs are now available over the counter (Prilosec), however some studies show that long-term use of PPIs may cause complications such as bone density loss.
Now that people have been taking Proton Pump Inhbitors (PPIs) for years, the very long-term side effects are becoming known. In my last sharepost, I wrote about the long term effect of PPIs on your bones and promised this time to write about PPI dependency. Many people have written questions on HealthCentral regarding an…