Proton Pump Inhibitor, Vitiligo
Obviously, the co-occurrence of GERD (and its treatment with Prilosec) and vitiligo is possible, even if the two conditions are unrelated. Therefore it is not right to say that Prilosec would have caused a specific case of vitiligo.
And:Prilosec does not cause vitiligo for most patients, simply because most patients who take Prilosec do not have vitiligo.
When stomach acid contacts the esophagus, damage occurs. Changes in cells lead to cancer of the esophagus. This is a very severe condition. It has limited treatment options and is often fatal.
The book GERD: Reflux to Esophageal Adenocarcinoma by Chandrasoma and DeMeester explores this condition. It states that medications like Prilosec and Tums do not prevent damage from occurring. They just reduce the discomfort.Heartburn, GERD and DeathGERD Prevalence Info
Prilosec is a popular medication. It is effective. It is different from Tums. Underlying possible health conditions should be investigated by a physician. Regular exercise should be performed if possible.
Also:Weight loss and other lifestyle modifications are important. Prilosec is not expensive but has some cost.