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What are the side effects of Omeprazole?

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Posted on Wed, 25 Oct 2017 in General Health
Question: What are the side effects of taking Omeprazole for a prolonged time? Many years. I don’t think my body is absorbing the critical elements it needs. I have been hospitalized for extremely low calcium, potassium, and magnizeium. I am taking supplements to boost my levels.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 32 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Can have a direct or indirect role to play

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Although long term use of omeprazole is not advisable, it is usually tolerated well even when taken on long term basis. However, on prolonged use it can cause side effects, including nausea and headaches. It can also cause electrolyte imbalance as you are describing, but electrolyte imbalance can also occur independently. I would insist you to take juicy fruits like citrus fruits since they contain plenty of potassium. Take calcium supplements along.

Let me know if I could help further.

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