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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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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.
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I drink 16 ounces of fresh juices celery every morning. If you follow William Anthony’s protocol, aka. medical medium he suggest doing this. He has written books regarding this. Can be found on Amazon. Interesting reads.
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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.
I have a question. Why does coffee not bother me but home made "koolaide" does? I wondered if it was because of the citric acid in the pwderdered ingredients. Or, perhaps the coffee actually does bother me, and I don't feel it until much later, after it has done its' damage. I have coffee in the morning and my asthma medicine is much reduced because of it. My doctor agrees. It concerns me a bit, because I know there can be damage to the esophagus if GERD is left untreated. Any ideas? Yours for a peaceful day, Mamacita
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What does your Doctor say about this protocol?
Dear @destinnana , This is the first I am hearing about celery juice. I will look into this as I am on the same meds everyone else is. I hate taking medicine for every little thing because I know that good, healthy food and the proper supplements can do wonders for the body. I always tell my PCP about whatever I want to add to my regimen. He is totally open to natural solutions. Thank you for sharing this part of your story. Who knows? Maybe I will be a celery juice convert! Hugs,
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You are the best judge of how you feel. Personally my trade-off for any long-term problem from omeprazole is better than cancer from GERD, my choice. Best wishes.
Dear @musicflowers4u, I am wafting towards the way you plan to deal with this situation. Honestly, I have not studied this subject in much detail. Been very busy lately. But, I will say this. My Mother had GERD and it went untreated until she had to go to the Nursing Home. Unfortunately, she died from congestive heart failure and stomach/esophageal cancer. She had been a smoker all her life, and I do believe that contributed to her death. Until I have time to thoroughly research the issue, I will continue the medication. Thank you for sharing!
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I have been so sick for months and Prilosec has worsened conditions. I need help but can’ t help when trying to talk with PCP. My doctors can’t listen to side effects. Lost well over 30 lbs because I cannot Sleep or eat. I also am told this is all in my head. Two years ago, same doctor tells me I have MAC but reaction to meds was very bad. I saw someone made up list of foods she has played around with but can’t find her. I have had achalasia but told before surgery this was all in my head.
I'm really sorry to hear about your suffering. I'm not qualified to advise you about your complex medical condition but I do have a list of foods that I avoid for the hyper acidity that I experience. I take Zantac 150 once in the morning before breakfast and then another one of the same before an early dinner.The foods I avoid are those that are spicy, tomatoes, garlic and pepper of all kinds.No citrus fruit or any tart tasting ones. Apples and bananas are fine for me.Unfortunately I have to limit eating mangoes that I love,to one a day at lunch only. I'm a vegetarian so no meat but skim milk with muesli- no added sugar- I use stevia as sweetener. By the way sugar is very bad for acidity ..so all desserts,chocolate, and coffee have to be avoided or drastically reduced.Deep fried foods are a no-no.Full fat cheeses should be replaced by low fat cottage cheese- this helps a lot when I take it last thing at night.However late night snacking is discouraged. You should leave a three hour period between dinner and going to bed,but I have occasionally eaten a banana/cottage cheese before going to bed if I'm hungry.Giving up coffee has been very difficult for me and I love sweet foods so that's also tough!I hope this will be of some help.Bless you
I have tried celery juice. It’s very soothing.
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You need stomach acid to help breakdown food before it eners intestines for absorption. The problem with antacids is it slows acid production thus making digestion difficult so you eat more antacid, becomes vicious cycle of chasing your tail!
Thank you for responding, dand48, hopeful33250, Theresa, and destinanna. I still suffer from GERD from a hiatal hernia. I have taken Oemprazole a little over two years and want to get off of the medication because of the associated health issues of poor absorption of key nutrients (D, B12, and calcium are the ones I am familiar with).
My provider, a competent gentleman, has said "hmmmm." I am an RN so am used to doing the research and my own investigation. I have not found evidenced based information / articles on weaning off of Omeprazole. I have heard it can be done and tried to do so but was met with resistance and poor results when I attempted to do so. I switched over to Zantac and the first three days were reasonable and after that it was very uncomfortable).
The celery sounds hopeful and am trying to figure out the mechanism of action for its success. I have tried cider vinegar and it was met with severe cramping.
I am seeking successful scenario's by the valued participants on this board and will do a fair amount of research / experimentation on my own of what works for me. I take responsibility for my nutrition. I am also Lactose intolerant and have a few other sensitivities / intolerances in digestion.I thank you in advance for any additional feedback.
Perhaps Baking soda if not on sodium restriction
Wouldn't taking vinegar increase your GERD since it is an acid? I take 4 generic Nexiums plus a Zantac along with D3 and magnesium. My blood work is fine.
Why not D3 & magnesium & calcium alone?
Check out all of William Anthony’s – Medical Medium books. They can all he found on Amazon. Start with Healing Foods.
@destinnana I never heard of celery juice either for acid reflux.
I have noticed Plan Ice cold water first thing in the morning is helping before coffee. I also found a Low Acid Coffee called Manatee Gourmet Coffee. Proceeds from the coffee help to save the manatee too. And I'm a coffee guru who typically drank in my day, 3 pots a day. It's pretty good with lower acid.
Another drink that seems to help my acid reflux is Natural Alkaline Water. I was drinking it all the time. I think the Alkaline help neutralize the acid in my stomach.
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I have acid reflux and getting off omeprazole is not an option but I do swallow Priosec in am and zantac afternoon with tums with needed on every third day the others I use zantac morning and evening with tums in between. I feel so much better the days I use the one Priosec(not sure I am spelling right) but I am having a calcium intake problem so I am using doctors suggestion for using tums, zantac and prilosec.
When was the last time you had lab work to test your liver status? That seems like alot of Nexium, generic or not. That is why I had to reduce my prilosec. Lab results were not great but in question. I still need to follow up again on those recent lab results to check again. Acid reflux to include gastroparesis are my stuggle.
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