I have a small Barretts Esophagus. I have been prescribed somac for [...]

Posted by sophiedog @sophiedog, Jun 24, 2015

I have a small Barretts Esophagus. I have been prescribed somac for life with a follow up every three years. Is this the gold standard treatment?

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SOMAC contains the active substance pantoprazole, which blocks the ‘pump’ that produces stomach acid. Hence it reduces the amount of acid in your stomach. It is typically recommended for “short term” use. While Barretts may require long term acid suppression going three years between physician visits seems too long for me. Other treatments for Barretts exist and others will be developed. I would consider a second opinion, this is always a good idea.
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@charles

SOMAC contains the active substance pantoprazole, which blocks the ‘pump’ that produces stomach acid. Hence it reduces the amount of acid in your stomach. It is typically recommended for “short term” use. While Barretts may require long term acid suppression going three years between physician visits seems too long for me. Other treatments for Barretts exist and others will be developed. I would consider a second opinion, this is always a good idea.
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C

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Many thanks for taking the trouble to reply to my post. I shall heed your
advice.

Regards
Robert

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@charles

SOMAC contains the active substance pantoprazole, which blocks the ‘pump’ that produces stomach acid. Hence it reduces the amount of acid in your stomach. It is typically recommended for “short term” use. While Barretts may require long term acid suppression going three years between physician visits seems too long for me. Other treatments for Barretts exist and others will be developed. I would consider a second opinion, this is always a good idea.
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You are welcome

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@charles

SOMAC contains the active substance pantoprazole, which blocks the ‘pump’ that produces stomach acid. Hence it reduces the amount of acid in your stomach. It is typically recommended for “short term” use. While Barretts may require long term acid suppression going three years between physician visits seems too long for me. Other treatments for Barretts exist and others will be developed. I would consider a second opinion, this is always a good idea.
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C

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I know you have been on SOMAC for some time now and am curious if it is controlling your symptoms? Wishing you the best in the new year

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