Ask The Expert
January 10, 2012
Drug companies do limit use of any over-the-counter medicine. The main reason is to be sure that you are not masking symptoms of a condition that needs a doctorís care.
Itís not that proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole (Prilosec) are unsafe to take for more than 14 days. In fact, many people with persistent acid reflux need to take one daily for several months ó and sometimes years.
Proton pump inhibitors are the most potent stomach acid blockers. They can dramatically help with symptoms of acid reflux such as heartburn. But if the symptoms keep up for more than 2 weeks, you should see your doctor for these reasons: