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Long-Term Complications from Acid Reflux
There are many long-term complications of acid reflux, one of which is erosive esophagitis.
Stomach acid belongs in the stomach. When the acid gets into other places in the body, problems can happen. Symptoms can be noticeable and the problem can be immediate—such as heartburn—or take more time to develop and be more serious, such as the condition known as erosive esophagitis.
Erosive esophagitis can be healed with treatment
When stomach acid frequently refluxes or washes back into the esophagus, the tissue that lines the esophagus may eventually develop inflammation, erosions, and may bleed. Erosive esophagitis symptoms are not always clearly defined. Therefore, only a doctor can tell you for sure if you have erosive esophagitis. He or she may use a device called an endoscope to look down your throat to diagnose whether or not you have erosive esophagitis.
In addition to treating the heartburn of acid reflux disease, ZEGERID can be used to treat erosive esophagitis. Typically, ZEGERID is used for 4-8 weeks to treat erosive esophagitis. By controlling acid, ZEGERID helps keep the tissue in the esophagus healthy once it has healed.
Before you take ZEGERID, tell your doctor if you have been told that you have low magnesium, calcium, or potassium levels in your blood, have liver problems, heart failure, or have Bartter's syndrome (a rare kidney disorder).
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