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Posted - Dec 20 2017 :  11:02:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Due to a finding of Barrett's esophagus (with no precancerous changes), the gastroenterologist prescribed a PPI, Omeprazole, to lower acid production and protect the esophagus from further damage. I have mild emphysema which I am trying hard to keep at the mild stage, and after reading up on long term PPI use, I have several concerns and a lot of conflicting information. My biggest concern is the purported link between PPIs and pneumonia, with most studies saying that PPIs significantly raise your risk of acquiring pneumonia, particularly when you have a lung disease. I have also looked at information regarding the affect of PPIs on COPD, and there is some indication that PPIs may have some protective effect against the development of worsening airway obstruction.
Does anyone here have experience with PPIs, or information about the advisability of PPI use with COPD/emphysema? Thanks much.


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Posted - Dec 20 2017 :  5:46:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been taking one for years.

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Posted - Dec 20 2017 :  7:09:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And have you had pneumonia or any other problems that you think may be related to the PPIs during that time? Thanks for your response.
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Posted - Dec 20 2017 :  9:13:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am on it for the last 15 months and no pneumonia. I will be on it the rest of my life since I TXd. Also another way to protect your lungs is to use a wedge pillow.
Helps keep the acid from getting down into your lungs.

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Edited by - Sokcap48 on Dec 20 2017 9:14:20 PM
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Posted - Dec 20 2017 :  11:09:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Been on a PPI for nearly 7 years. No problem with pneumonia until this year. Had it once and attribute it to my age,78, and generally weakened condition.


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Posted - Dec 21 2017 :  9:49:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much to all for your responses. Reading about your experiences has made me somewhat more comfortable with taking PPIs. I've had several new and unexpected diagnoses in the past few weeks, and those combined with all the new and sometimes conflicting prescribed/suggested medications is a bit much to digest and sort out at times.
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