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Hi there: Has anyone had success in weaning off of Omeprazole? I take it for GERD. Thank you in advance!
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I took Omeprazole for 16 years for Barrett's. Developed chronic pancreatitis. Told my GI doc that I wanted to come off of it. Was taking 20mg. in the am. I took 1 every other day for a week , then 1 every 3 days for a week and then stopped. He put me on Zantac and after a month heard it causes cancer, so he put me on Famitodene 20mg. twice a day. Told him that I would like to stop all those meds. and he said ok. Just take one if needed. So, I just take one at night because I find that I get heartburn at night. No need for one during the day. He plans to do an endo in March to see if the Barrett's is still gone.
Good luck…those drugs are toxic, and if you can do without that's a plus, but if you can't, then there is no choice!!
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Thanks, @harper7745 It looks as if a call to my least favorite doctor is in order. I am still not sure what the effects are of discontinuing it suddenly though.
I stopped it suddenly and didn't notice anything. I was on 40 mg once a day. I started prilosec 20 mg once a day.
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An alternative for these GI meds that does not contribute to osteoporosis is Pepcid. Reducing Omeprazole, which is Prilosec, can be monitored by how you feel and what symptoms, if any arise. We all get so used to these meds so it becomes a habit fearing exacerbation of our symptoms. Yet, a holiday or change in these meds reveals much. Thank you for bringing this important topic to light. I have taken Protonix for my Collagenous Gastritis. I will switch to Pepcid as I have been now diagnosed with Osteoporosis. The research clearly indicates using these meds for more than a year and at higher doses Decrease the body’s ability to absorb Calcium. A urine CA test is very helpful to determine where your CA levels are at. My best…
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I started taking licorice root after getting off different PPI. Now I take one 20 min before each meal and it works. If I have to take anything my Dr has given me Zantac as it is back on the market and improved. It’s called Randitian now.
Hello from Montreal.Could you please let me know if you received any replies for how to get off Omeprazole?What have you done so far and is it helping you? Thank you very much for your time .Laura
I haven’t been successful. I tried every other day. I see my gastroinJune.
When I had to do a test I couldnt take anything for my stomach for ten days. No nexium,Zantac,tums, it was the worst. I forget what the test was it had to do with a tube going down my nose to check stomach acid and I had to try and eat foods that would trigger it.
Now I am scared to even try and go off the meds.
Thank you for your message .Regards from Montreal.
Are you feeling better now?Is Omeprazole helping you?
Your welcome I wish you luck getting off of it.
I do know on the days I don’t eat I will only take one so I will take the breakfast one and as long as I haven’t eaten since breakfast I can skip the night one. But that is the only way I can slack off on dosage.
@nightngale1998 I been on Omprazole for 2 1/2 yrs. I go on and off myself . Mostly cause I forget to take it. My usual dose is 40mg in the AM and 40mg in the PM. I can go for about 30 days without taking it. Then BAM. The stabbing chest pains, sore throat and stomach starts to hurt. So I have to go back to regularly taking the pills. It usually takes about 2 weeks to get back to feeling normal no chest pains and such.
I tried the vinegar once.. OMG.. I might as well drank boric acid, it felt about the same. It was like flames were shooting down my throat. I think that works for people with occasional acid reflux?
You have to completely live on a bland diet. Which is impossible for me at least. I think in order to live without the medicine. But i don't even know, if that works when you have a hernia?
My blood work is fine perfect actually after this long. I think it can possibly cause issues with our kidney's?? But I don't know anyone who has been affected that way?
Now I have a couple of family members who have been taking this medicine for 20+ years and they are fine today in their 70"s.
If I am not mistaken Gerd is the precursor to Barrett's Syndrome? Barrett's Syndrome is the precursor to Throat Cancer? My Uncle has barrett's Syndrome and the Dr's watch him like a hawk.
I would talk to your DR again or go for another opinion to see what another Dr recommends for you. You may hear a different story.
I wish you the Best..
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Completely off PPIs
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I am new to Mayo Connect. I switched from Omeprazole to Pepcid. It helps but doesn't work as well. I was also concerned about bone health. I am trying a good quality digestive enzyme with each meal. That is helping some. I am also taking a prebiotic every morning. It doesn't seem to matter the type of food eaten.
Are you making all of these changes under a doctor’s care? Have you been diagnosed with GERD? What are the digestive enzymes and prebiotic supposed to do for you? I suggest you see a GI professional.
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I am taking a probiotic and seeing a new doctor on July 10th.
I used to have excruciating acid reflux and I discovered I was allergic to bananas. As soon as I stopped eating bananas over 10 years ago the pain absolutely went away. You might be allergic to something you're eating.
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