Q: Is there any danger of taking this medicine for too long?
Yes, taking any medicine for too long or in too much quantity has it's own side effects
This medicine should only be taken for the duration as prescribed by your doctor, do not self medicate yourself
On long term use, this medicine is known to cause low levels of magnesium, increased fracture risk and vitamin B12 deficiency
Your doctor may monitor you for these when on long term treatment
Q: Does smoking and alcohol increase acidity and GERD?
A: Yes, both cause an increase in acidity. Smoking also relaxes a valve present between the food pipe and stomach. This leads to stomach acid coming back upwards in the food pipe. This worsens reflux/ GERD disorders.