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  • Lansoprazole for Heartburn

    Hello, I have severe heartburn and was given lansoprazole OTC by the Pharmacist. I have no money to go to a doctor. I took a 14-day treatment last Christmas. It says on the bottle not to take another treatment (14 days) for 4 months. I again just finish a second 14-day treatment in late April and May, waiting the 4 months. It works for me and I can eat most things. During the times I don't take it, I am pretty much limited to milk and saltine crackers. I am very limited what I can eat and live through it. My question, do I really need to wait a solid 4 months between each treatment of Lansoprazole as the bottle instructs? It is heartburn medicine that actually does work for me so far. Prior to Lansoprazole, I just ate my weight in Tums and Rolaids and most times, they were not successful. Please help. Thanks for all the good information here!

  • The 14-day limit listed on the bottle is just to ensure that people who have a serious problem don't just keep taking the medicine instead of seeing a doctor. It's not unsafe to take daily, the makers of it just want to cover themselves because you ought to take it under a doctor's supervision as a prescription if you're going to use it daily.

    Weigh you options, check out the side effects, and try not to take it for a very long time without seeing a doctor. It may be that you have a serious condition that needs to be checked out on top of taking the medicine. Perhaps you can save up some money or seek out a free clinic with the time you're buying by taking the medicine.
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    • Thank You..... I grew into this heartburn and have had it about 10 years. In my younger years, I could eat anything and it not affect me. I figured it comes about with age. I had health coverage through the years with my work but am retired now and can not afford the health premium. They are out of my reach. I have seen a PA in the past but her charges are the same as the doctor's. Thank You.

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