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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes hypocalcemia while on Nexium?

I have been on Nexium for over 10 years for reflux. Had been on Pepcid then on Prilosec now on Nexium. Better control with this. Last April I developed Hypocalcimia etiology unknown. Multiple tests done. No conclusion made. Is there any correlation?
Tue, 24 Oct 2017
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It is possible that the medications are preventing proper calcium absorption. Nexium and similar medications are not meant to be taken long-term. They are meant to be taken short term for weeks only.
These medicines decrease the acid in the stomach and the acid is necessary for the absorption of some vitamins and nutrients. Talk to your doctor about how to decrease reflux without staying on these medicines.
These medicines are may cause osteoporosis if taken long term. Make sure your vitamin D level is normal also.
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