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Is it OK to take antacids daily to treat acid reflux?

Some people with acid reflux get into the habit of taking over-the-counter antacids daily to prevent symptoms, but this can be harmful in the long run. Long-term use of antacids leads to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures, gastrointestinal infections and pneumonia. If you only have occasional flare-ups, take an antacid when your symptoms begin, or before indulging in a meal you know will be troublesome. If you experience daily acid reflux, talk to your doctor.

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