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    Will I need to be on medication forever?

    Last year I was diagnosed with Barrett's. It was only a small, superficial segment so my doctor used Argon plasma coagulation to remove it.

    I was also prescribed a PPI. Will I need to take this forever to keep the Barrett's from returning? I am 35 years old and I'm worried about my risk of osteoporosis from taking the medication long term.
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    Dr Guang Chen


    Dr Guang Chen is a proud Chinese Australian gastroenterologist and hepatologist practising in Western Sydney. He then completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine, gastroenterology … View Profile

    There is an association with BO and reflux. That is the reason why acid suppression is part of the management of BO in most cases. I would suggest you speak to your specialist about your concerns to work out an individualised plan. 

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