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Side Effects & Dangers of Prolonged PPI Use

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What exactly is GERD and how is it different from heartburn and acid reflux?
Air Date: 10/26/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Mark Noar, MD
Mark NoarDr. Mark D. Noar is a Gastroenterologist and Therapeutic Endoscopist, who specializes in the advanced treatment of Digestive Diseases. He completed his training in Gastroenterology at Downstate Medical Center/Brooklyn VA, in Brooklyn, New York. His training in Therapeutic Endoscopy was under the direction of Dr. Nib Soehendra, at the University Hospital in Hamburg, Germany. He received his M.P.H. in Tropical Medicine and International Health from Tulane University.

Dr. Noar has numerous publications and presentations to his credit, as well as inventions in Medical Simulation, Endoscopic Biliary Instrumentation, and Electrogastrography. Dr. Noar is especially known internationally for his research and work in the field of endoscopic endoluminal treatment for GERD, Secca correction of fecal incontinence, development of advanced medical simulation devices, the motility abnormalities associated with GERD, and electrogastrography.

He currently serves as the CEO and Medical director of a large academic-style, state-of-the-art, subspecialty private practice specializing in Digestive Diseases, with a special emphasis on the treatment and non-surgical correction of GERD or reflux disease, fecal incontinence, advanced endoscopic techniques, and motility of the entire gastrointestinal tract. The practice and the associated outpatient surgery center are both accredited by the JCAHO, AAAHC and Medicare, and as such are highly committed to quality and patient satisfaction.

As such, the practice stays well ahead of the curve in providing the latest and most successful technology and treatment to patients. Even with the emphasis on progress and professionalism, the entire staff strives to give the utmost in care and concern to each patient and family member, while providing the personalized old fashioned comfort of a country doctor's office. The practice also includes: an active research study center with several ongoing trials in IBD, Hepatitis, GERD, Gastric Motility and Diverticulitis, and Centers of excellence focused specifically on the non-surgical correction of GERD and Bowel Control Disorder or Fecal Incontinence.
Side Effects & Dangers of Prolonged PPI Use
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach).

This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.

According to recent research, at least 60 percent of the adult population will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) within the next year.

If you feel like you have constant heartburn, you may pop TUMS and other antacid medication like they're candy.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the most commonly prescribed class of medication for the treatment of heartburn and acid-related disorders. They work by blocking the site of acid production in the parietal cell of the stomach.

It might seem like a great option for relief. But, what are dangers and side effects of prolonged PPI use?

Listen in as Mark Noar, MD, shares symptoms of GERD as well as the dangers of prolonged PPI use.