Note: Requesting guidance on how to approach, not medical advice.
My Dad is in his early 70s and has taken Prevacid once a day for nearly 20 years.
After eating food would come up after an hour. Nowadays my dad barely eats anything so very rarely something would come up.
I am reading that drugs such as Prevacid have increased risk of Kidney failure. (link)
For past 2 years when Dad took blood tests he had slightly low levels of Sodium, Chloride, Potassium and CO2
Last week he took blood tests and here were results
- Sodium 132 Lo (reference 135 - 147 mmol/L)
- Chloride 93 Lo (reference 96 - 108 mmol/L)
- C02 17 Lo (22 - 29 mmol/L)
The Internal Medicine doctor said these levels are so insignificant there are
no associated Pathology to treat these small ranges and
on the physiological level they don't do anything clinical
Now I am questioning this. What if they are related.
Plus FDA (link) warn long term use of Prevacid
can cause bone fractures in the hip, wrist, or spine. Long-term use is defined as multiple daily doses for a year or longer.
If you take this drug for three months or more you may also develop low magnesium levels. This can be serious and may or may not come with symptoms.
Question: How can my Dad stop taking Prevacid? Will the doctor take him off completely or gradually lower his dose? What other questions to ask Doctor regarding this.
As it is my Dad barely eats anything, let alone anything acidic. Mostly eats fruits, veggies, fibers, drinks lots of water.
Thank you for any guidance.
If it helps, below is a summary of his daily meds and vitamins
Plus his daily routine