I am trying to wean off of my PPI's (80mg/day or omeprazole) and switch over to Gaviscon Advance. I am seeing a new doc since my ENT did absolutely nothing for me. This doctor believes that my Vitamin D levels are too low (they are at a 10) and wants me off of the PPIs. She prescribed Carafate and mentioned Gaviscon Advance. I took the Carafate for a few weeks, but I take other meds too and it is too confusing to figure out when you can take the carafate and when you can take the other meds. As far as I read, the Gaviscon advance does not interfere with absorption of other meds so I am switching to that. I ordered some from the UK a few months ago, so I have started taking it. This is only my second day, so i can't give any real results yet. But yesterday I had some tomatoes and spicy food and they didn't seem to bother me at all.
The way I'm weaning off of PPI's is on this schedule (recommended by my Dr.)
1st two weeks - alternate between 80mg and 60mg per day
2nd two weeks - alternate between 60mg and 40mg per day
3rd two weeks - alternate between 40mg and 20mg per day
4th two weeks - alternate between 20mg and nothing per day
Add zantac in if there is any breakthrough acid. Right now I'm on my 2nd week of alternating between 60 and 40 and so far so good :)