PLEASE NOTE: YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHY YOU ARE BEING GIVEN EVERY MEDICATION YOU (OR YOUR LOVED ONES ARE ON). THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.
Doctors give Pantoprazole, Omeprazole, and other PPIs to doctors because they are a quick and easy way to prevent gastric and esophageal bleeding, which can be life threatening. This is a very common way for people to die from cirrhosis. Please make no mistake, if you have stage 4 cirrhosis, you could be at a very high risk for this, so while I am not a fan of this stuff, you need to understand why this is being given to you. I am always saying you should be under a doctor's care, but I need to make this clear. You should be under a doctor's care. You should have your varices checked and get an endoscopy. If they look bad, you need to fix it. It doesn't matter if it's natural medicine or allopathic medicine. Aloe juice or PPIs. If what you are doing is not working, you should consider something else.
About 2 months ago I wrote a blog post about the dangers of taking Pantoprazole when you have Cirrhosis. You can read that post (or should I say RANT), HERE.
I truly believe that Jake was at a very low risk for esophageal bleeding because he was drinking Aloe Vera Juice on a regular basis.
Honestly, I am starting to wonder if Doctors must have some sort of protocol where they have to treat every patient (who has cirrhosis because of alcohol) as if they are at a high risk for drinking. Or they have to treat them as if they could still be drinking and just not admitting it.