It is always a great feeling when you are able to take less medications. I am so proud of you for attempting to get off some of these meds. Are there any side effects associated with withdrawl?
I am going to try to cut out the Nexium that I have been taking for years to help heal my ulcer. Now that my ulcer is healed I should be able to stop the Nexium... but we are going to wean off of it. I hope that since I have changed my diet, I will be able to maintain "optimum stomach health" on my own - like no dang ulcers!!! I used to take 20 mg three x day. I am down to one a day now.
I am also going to wean off of the one 20 mg. Bentyl that I take in the mornings. We'll see about that one tho. Seems like my first meal seems to give me crampiness and I am not to keen on that. I used to take it with every meal when my life was really stressful.
I still take 3 Imodium first thing in the morning to help with "slowing" things down a bit. Again, my first meal of the morning seems to fly right thru -- I have, for some time now, been eating a banana pretty early in the morning with my breakfast fruit bar. This combination with the Imodium seems to work really well for me. I used to take 3 Imodium with every meal just to maintain -- that is at least 9 per day. I have already cut that way back over the summer. I slowly came off of these to try to avoid any setbacks. Now, of course, if I have an intestinal bug, I have plenty of then to take. Or if I know that I am going out and have fried food or a glass of wine... well, I might as well go ahead and take a couple before I leave the house.
So, Amey, in answer to your question, no I shouldn't have any withdrawals from what I am planning on doing. If I do it slow enough, I'm hoping my body won't know the difference!
I have also cut my Paxil back, with doc's permission, but we decided to stay on 5 mg (which is 1/2 of the smallest dose pill you can get) just to control my post menopausal hot flashes. It really has worked wonders for me for several years and that one is worth taking a while longer!!! What makes Peggy "happy", makes the whole house Happy!
I'm rambling... thank you all for the well wishes and congrats!
I have a follow up appt on Tues with shoulder surgeon to get his blessing, but I can tell by the way it feels that I'm on the road to a full recovery. Now for the pain of strengthening the muscles - ewwww!
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery