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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 hesitate to write this because i am absolutely not an expert and am an experiment of one. With that said I will tell you my experience.
i was on Prilosec (prescription) for years and then there were a series of events and I stopped taking it. Surprise. NO problem. Then I had an endoscopy (for other reasons) and asked the doctor if he thought I should be taking Prilosec and he said he saw no reason. So I have not gone back to it.
What I did do was adjust my diet and stop eating citrus, tomatoes, and other items – i actually forget now because it is all in the past. I DO eat yogurt, cottage cheese, other cheese (not cheddar) peanut butter, meat, cooked (and non cruciferous) vegetables, yams, berries, bananas, other stuff. . I have a whole list somewhere if you want it, just PM me. I created the list by trial and error – if something gave me GERD, out it went.
One take away I came to was the gastroenterologists do like to prescribe Prilosec. If you have something it will probably fix it. I have other problems but Prilosec is not fixing them, still the GI doctor wanted me to take the Prilosec. . All medicines have an affect on our kidneys and livers. I have a sense Prilosec is not a bad medicine any more than any other (I went back to the original research and found it not compelling) ..it is just that all medicines have problems.
BTW – that vinegar. Yikes. NEVER or as Jackie above called it – "acid"
Best to you and good luck-
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@shahnaz Not sure if you seen this article on The Healthy Gerd Diet? https://www.gerd-diet.com/
I also find that drinking Aloe and Coconut Water helps settle my stomach.
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No I haven't seen this article.Will do so now.Thanks a lot!
Thanks a lot just read the article which contains a lot of useful- hopefully-information.Bless you!
how long have you been on reglan? I ask this because the involuntary movements of the tongue are caused by reglan ( motility drug to promote movement of food thru the stomach). This phenomena is called tardive dyskinesia. If you were on it for a long time then than involuntary movement of the tongue may not go away. Your doctor may know. Pro motility drugs canhelp move the food out of the stomach. Years ago there was a very good drug for this called propulsid. however it was later banned because it caused heart ptoblems. There is another motility drug called domperidome. It can be obtained from canadadrugsonline.com but you need a script. It is not sold in the USA. I tried it once and after the second day i had a very bad body itch, but that is my body.The pills are 10 mg-3 times a day. My friends husband also tried it for about 2 months, but it started to give him tardive dyskinesia and he had to stop. …. kozlo52
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I drink one cup of instant Kava coffee a day which is acid neutralized and buy it by the case from the company as it doesn’t get shelf space at local grocery stores here. I also drink low acid Tropicana orange juice. I avoid fried foods, spicy food, high fat food and acidic foods. Yet I still need my 40mg omeprazole each day. I have been on it over 30 years and tried substitutes without success. Before omeprazole I would vomit acid so I rely on it to prevent damage to my throat and stomach. No alcohol for me either as a generous serving of Mogan David wine a few years back set me up with a stomach ulcer which was very painful. I am 72 and as long as I stay this course my digestive health is tolerable.
Last night I was eating cherries, and I can actually feel my throat burn as they go down my throat. I also forgot to take the omprazole in the morning. Only took it at night. So I assume this maybe the cause?
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Amazing how your body reminds you when you don’t take your omeprazole as prescribed.
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Red tart cherries are more acidic than dark sweet cherries and should be avoided if you have high acidity.Everyone reacts in their own way so you have to experiment
@nightngale1998 I was put on a PPI in 2005 after having a pancreas transplant. I don’t have GERD. I think it was to ward off any GI symptoms due to the increase in meds post transplant. Over the years I was on Prevacid, Prilosec, generic Omeprazole, Nexium, Zantac and other antacids. In 2016 I was seen at Mayo for a kidney pretransplant evaluation. I met with a pharmacist for a med review. I asked about weaning off of Omeprazole since I don’t have GERD. She gave me a weaning off schedule that gradually decreased the dose over a 2 month period. (My primary and nephrologist had said I could do this if I wanted to.) I got off the Omeprazole after a few months. Sometimes if I have spicy or fatty foods to late in the evening I’ll wake up with a tummy ache and I take OTC antacid like Tums.
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I am glad you wrote and sm happy to hear that you have been on omerpraxole for such s long time with no apparent problems. I have been on it since 2008 for ten years and was worried about the long time effects. I used to have noticeable GERD but now do not since watching my diet more carefully. I am now told to tske 40 mg twice a day (since having some changes in my esophagus) which I have done so since 2017. It has kept me from having any problems. However , since doing so well with no symptoms , I sometimes forget to tske but one pill a day. I hope that will be OK. I have an endoscopy every three months and have had four ablations to get rid of of Barrett’s Esophagus. I am waiting now to see if the Dr will cut me back to only one pilll per day. I drink one cup of regular coffee in The morning and then drink decafinated tea the rest of the day. Otherwise I eat small portions of anything I want and am doing well so far this year.
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I have never experienced a reaction to forgetting that pill. That is why I wonder if two a day is necessary.
We weaned off our acid reflux meds very slowly. The possible long term side effect of taking acid reflux meds concerned us. I brought empty capsules and made our own capsules as we slowly weaned off. Now, i juice 16 ounces of celery every morning for myself and husband. . We drink it before our coffee and wait about 30 minutes. And, we drink a teaspoon of Braggs apple cider vinegar (the mother) each morning before breakfast. I hope this is helpful.
Does drinking celery juice plus Braggs ACV totally rid your stomach of acids
Regarding coffee, it is not so much the caffeine I avoid, it’s the acid. Even regular instant has acid. I found the acid neutralized coffee by “Kava” has worked for me and it tastes so good my visitors become converts after drinking it.
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@musicflowers4u I agree with the acid versus caffeine idea. I have found that even decaf can cause symptoms. Low acid is much better.
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From my own personal experience the apple cider makes it worse. However, each person reacts differently. I have never tried the celery juice. Anyone tried the celery juice?
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