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May 7, 2018 · nutritional deficiencies with long-term prilosec use in Digestive Health

I have a self-developed regimen of supplements, which does help with everything except the hair loss. I recently switched from omeprazole to zantac, which allows more stomach acid, and over the two years I was on zantac, my hair grew back full thickness and my normal energy levels returned. Now because of breakthrough acid reflux I'm back on the omeprazole and am trying to figure out if I can keep my hair this time, not to mention my energy, bone density, etc.

May 7, 2018 · nutritional deficiencies with long-term prilosec use in Digestive Health

Thyroid is fine. I have GERD due to hiatal hernia, hence the omeprazole. Nutritional deficiencies are present because when you reduce stomach acid, you also reduce the body's ability to metabolize certain nutrients, e.g. calcium, magnesium, iron and B12. My question is simply this: I'm looking for a specialist that can help me figure out the optimal doses, timing, source (calcium citrate vs calcium carbonate) and format (pill versus liquid versus shots) that I need, given that a) my body doesn't have enough stomach acid to fully metabolize these nutrients and b) I don't want to accidentally overdose on the minerals.

Again, it's very surprising to me that given how many people are on long-term PPIs that there doesn't seem to be a medical protocol for this, or an obvious type of medical professional with specialized knowledge around this. If there is, I haven't been able to find it/him/her.

May 6, 2018 · nutritional deficiencies with long-term prilosec use in Digestive Health

Thanks, Lisa. I'm taking iron, B12, magnesium, calcium, D3, etc. and it's helping, but I have no idea whether I'm actually metabolizing much of it because of the omeprazole, and I'm wondering if the dosages are okay. I also worry that I might be taking too much of the non-water-soluble ones, such as calcium. So far, finding an expert (MD? Naturopath? Nutritionist?) who can really dig in with me on this has eluded me. And I haven't been able to find any research papers either. Given how many people are long-term users of omeprazole, it's amazing to me that there aren't at least published articles or advice anywhere on this.

May 5, 2018 · nutritional deficiencies with long-term prilosec use in Digestive Health

i am an 18-year user of daily OTC Prilosec. It does a perfect job of controlling my GERD but I am constantly battling side effects of nutritional deficiencies in iron, B-12, magnesium, etc. For example, my hair is extremely thin and loss of energy is a constant problem. I am looking for specific help in knowing which supplements to take for this and in what doses and formats and on what schedule. All the nutritionists I've found locally are not well-versed in Prilosec use. Is there a medical provider out there who specializes in this? And would they be willing to work with me long distance?