Bucky, be careful in weaning, as you can get a rebound in acid production. That being said, I weaned myself off protonix(still have a near full prescription) only with a new drink called Haldi, it contains apple cider vinegar, and other anti inflammatories that worked on my colitis as well. Ever since I was diagnosed with GERD, I have a huge fear of Barretts esoph., cancer, and now being off the ppi and on something organic/natural, I think I have decreased my chances of cancer a lot(and no more waking up in the middle of the night miserable). I am probably just paranoid, but better safe than sorry I guess. Good luck with your weaning,
drink 1 Haldi daily
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We also have a new member thread if you would like to introduce yourself. This is your choice.
Be careful with weaning off of any meds, are you working on weaning off with your physician?
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Hello Everyone.. I've been reading posts for awhile, including some old threads on this topic. I am on day 11 of being off Nexium. Was on it for 3 years. I went cold turkey with low carb diet plan, as I read in Norm R's book, and had my doctor's approval. I also had a few naturopath remedies on hand ( slippery elm bark, DGL, pancreatic enzymes, ginger tea and cinammon gum to chew after meals.). Oh, I also avoid processed, industrial type food. Until yesterday, I thought things were going great. I was starting to congratulate myself! Now I am in my second day of heartburn pain. I'm now taking all the other remedies I didn't need much before. I don't know why this happened. COuld it be the acid rebound problem, this late .. 10 days?? How long might this last if that's what it is...??
I am now wondering if I should eliminate dairy products.. cheese, cream, and buttermilk or kefir... Anyone else see a symptom connection to dairy? I don't drink regular milk.
I am hoping against hope that I can tough this out. I was sick this past year, more than I have ever been in my life.. catching every cold, sore throat, stomach ailment going around. I decided it must be the nexium taking away my immune system by removing all the stomach acid. Also, i have osteoporosis so I really need to be able to absorb calcium and other minerals.
Update from Petunia,
Good News! I have been without Nexium for over a month now. This was done cold turkey. I got past the rebound acid...the most helpful thing I found was chewing gum whenever I felt heartburn. Now doing great, and saw my doctor the other day. Both he and my pharmacist said it is unnecessary to wean off Nexium. PPI"s either work or they don't , in terms of stopping the production of acid. SO it's sort of all or nothing the way I understand it, and it's not like a smaller dose gives you half the acid. My doctor also said if I needed to, it would be okay to take the nexium every other day, or even go on it for three weeks, then off for three weeks, etc. But at this point, I'm optimistic that I wont' need to take it anymore. I am still on the low carb diet..I'm so used to it, I don't count carbs or anything anymore..I eat natural foods, meat,chicken, fish, cheese, kefir, lots of different vegetables ( mostly the lower carb ones )and a few fruits a day. No legumes, grains, or flour, sugar, or processed foods.
YAY, it's working!! GOod luck to anyone else going through this...
Hey this is Kitt. Thanks for the update...........so glad this worked for you and your physician seems to understand the medication.
Keep us posted how your doing.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Thank you so much for coming back here and sharing your suggetions from over the past 2 years. I would like to gently remind you that the members here are at all differnts stages of their illness or issues with GERD. Telling everyone to go back and read all you posts "Do a search on my postings" seems like advocating for your own believes. Any questions please email me. My email is always open. I thank you in advance for your understanding.
I am sure you have some great info but a lot of good things have come along in the past 2 years.
A word to the wise, remember that what's right or has worked for one person may not be what's right for you.
I think the problem may lie in that you posted 2 years ago and now you are so concerned about the members that you are flooding the forum with your particular belief.
We are all entitled to our believes and as we are not professionals we are only sharing our believes here not insisting that if eveyone would research your posts they would learn to cure themselves.
You have posted your opinion in many threads, I do feel the members have received your message.
Thank you for caring about the members of GERD.