There is also talk within the medical community that PPIs are unnecessary and over-prescribed. According to Dr. Marcus Thygeson, president of the Center for Healthcare Innovation at Allina Hospitals & Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, millions of people currently taking them probably don't need them. Further, even though they are supposed to be used only for the short-term, Thygeson said that
"Once you start a patient on a PPI, you're putting him or her on it for a lifetime."
Why can't someone just take a PPI short-term? Because doctors are reluctant to stop a medication if it's working. "One of the first rules in medicine is, don't poke a skunk," said Dr. David Peura, an industry consultant and former president of the American Gastroenterological Association. "That's why I think a lot of people are probably on the medicine who probably don't need it."
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"I'm a cheap restaurant date," Tema says, laughing. I can't eat a normal meal and I can't drink any alcohol—if I try to have a glass of wine it feels like someone lit a match and threw it down my throat. I have to cut my food into little pieces and can only eat small amounts at a time; I have to eat six times a day.
"No matter what make of PPIs I've tried, nothing works well and I can't eat anything at night; I have to sleep elevated or food just comes back up. I'm looking for another answer because these PPIs aren't doing anything for me. Now I am looking for a lawyer because I can't lead a normal life, and I'm also concerned about these PPI side effects; I'm 59 years old and a hip or femur fracture would do me in."