Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Use and Effects 3/17/2016
To our patients,
Our group is aware of the research and news items regarding the use of Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) medications such as Nexium, Pantoprazole, Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, Dexilant, etc. and the possible increased risk of chronic kidney disease, bone loss in women and dementia with long term use. When mindful of current research studies, more research needs to be done before a cause and effect relationship between PPI medications and these side effects is known.
Each time a physician prescribes a medication, it is because the practitioner believes that the medication will help the patient with an underlying condition or problem. In the case of Barrett’s esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis and free reflux, a PPI medication is ordered to reduce the risk of esophageal cancer and esophageal stricture (narrowing of the esophagus). In these cases, the benefit of taking a PPI potentially outweighs the risk of long term side effects. However, if you are concerned and would like to talk to your doctor about whether continued use of a PPI is necessary for you, please make an appointment to discuss other treatment options with your gastroenterologist. Some patients will be able to reduce their PPI use or discontinue it altogether. It is a discussion that should be held between you and your health care provider before discontinuing medicine without notifying your doctor.
Drs Nagel, Coy, Bhuva, Gordon, Shah, Spangler and Lutsi
**NOTICE** McHenry Office Suite Has Changed **Effective** 2/16/2016
Our McHenry Office Suite is now B100. We are still in the same building but the suite has been relocated.
Directions: Once in the Medical Office Building, walk down the hallway to the right and stop at the elevators. You will need to take the elevator down to the first floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left and walk down the hallway, our office is about halfway down the hall on the RIGHT side marked B100.
Thank you for your cooperation as we adjust to the new office suite. -Doctors and Staff at Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Specialists, S.C.
Recent news stories have spoken about a Super Bug called CRE that was found on ERCP scopes at UCLA Medical Center. This bacteria is concerning as it is difficult this form of bacteria with antibiotics.
This Gastroenterology practice has been aware of the threat of CRE since last year. We have been conscientious in infection control practices and cultured our scopes in the clinic when we first learned of CRE, even though the clinic does not have the type of scope mentioned in the news. All of our scopes have tested negative for CRE and we have in place recurrent testing and practice meticulous cleaning of our scopes. We regularly review our infection control policies and practices and adhere to the manufacturer’s reprocessing instructions to maintain patient safety and minimize any risk of infection.
Our After-Hours/Emergency Telephone Number: (847) 382-4410, press 0. Your call will automatically be transferred to our 24 hour answering service. The Doctor-On-Call will receive the message from the answering service.
During regular office hours: If you would like to make an appointment, schedule a procedure or have a medical question please call Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at (847) 382-4410. If you have a medication refill request please call your pharmacy and ask that a fax be sent to our office.
Our doctors and staff are committed to providing you with the very best in GI care. Your health and comfort are most important to us.
In 2013, Dr. Ben Dolin and Dr. Dona Bartelt retired from Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Specialists, S.C.
The Physicians in this practice will be available to continue the care of their patients. All records will remain on file in our office and are available to you and your referring physician.
The Physicians and Staff at Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Specialists, S.C.