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Penn Gastroenterology Q&As

Monday, December 24, 2012

Should my son stop taking acid reflux medication?

Question: My 19 year-old son has been taking Prilosec OTC® for about 1.5 years for acid reflux. It controls his reflux but he has recently been complaining of frequent, acute GI distress— every one to two days— and very frequent bowel movements— on average, six to seven times per day. He says his rectum feels distended as often as once a day. Should we consider taking him off the daily OTC medication?

Answer: Try taking your son off of Prilosec OTC®. It is best to see a gastroenterologist to thoroughly evaluate these concerns and recommend a course of treatment. Dr. John Draganescu is available for appointments at Radnor and Dr. David Ingis is available for appointments at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  To schedule a consultation with a Penn physician, please call 800-789-PENN (7366) or request an appointment online

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