Q: I get recurring acidity, what should I do to avoid it?
Avoid spicy, oily food.
Reduce smoking and alcohol intake as these are known to worsen the reflux.
Avoid carbonated drinks like cold drinks, soda as the carbon dioxide gas in these is known to aggravate acid reflux.
Reduce chocolate, mint intake.
Some medicines are known to increase the acidity and worsen the condition such as pain killers, Ibuprofen. You should avoid using these for long duration.
Q: I have been given Pantoprazole for some months now, what should I watch for?
This medicine will be given only for the duration as prescribed by your doctor.
If there is relief in your symptoms, your doctor may reduce its dose.
This medicine is known to cause fractures, low magnesium levels, vitamin B12 levels on long term use.
You need to be cautious about these and keep checking your blood levels regularly, and if needed, your doctor may prescribe the supplements for these deficiencies.