I WANTED TO SEE HOW LONG OMEPRAZOLE HAS BEEN ON THE MARKET AND WHAT STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE
Hello! I don't know exactly how long Omeprazole has been on the market but the class of medication called Proton Pump Inhibitors have been in use since the 1980's. Their overall safety and effectiveness have been established with few side effects. Check this website for some known risks: osteoporosis/bone density issues in adults and increased pneumonia risk. Keep in mind that these risks are minimal compared to the millions of patients who have healed their ulcers and esophagitis. Lifestyle changes and careful eating are always preferable to medication but sometimes a medication is the best option.
Hope this helps! Jan Gambino
The Reflux Mom