Posted on 6/13 by Dencha @ 9:13 AM
I'm a bit of a different case. After surgery I was on antibiotics, and later prednosone for a lung infection, then the flu. I have an EXTREMELY reactive stomach, so my family doc kept me on Protonix to calm the acid as my wrap healed.
I have continued the Protonix for that reason, and now am in the process of tapering that. My GI doc suggested taking one every other day for about a month, then quitting. So far so good. (I'm not taking them for reflux--as Bill said--just to ensure that my stomach isn't challenged with acid as it heals.)
My GI doc thinks I have a reactive stomach, rather than chronic gastritis. He doesn't think that I'll have trouble after I quit the Protonix. If I do, he said he'd revise his diagnosis and lean towards gastritis as the cause. Hopefully it won't cause problems, because I'd love to be off PPI's altogether.
I presume I may go on Protonix occasionally, when I'm taking meds that are more challenging to the stomach (antibiotics, prednosone, etc.).
I am so glad I had the surgery...what a difference it has made in the health of my lungs. The bonus--GERD free as well! When I go visiting, I don't have to bring my wedge and pillow pile to raise my head up to nearly sitting. I can actually sleep laying down! When I eat a big meal, I don't start coughing and wheezing.
Wish I had done it sooner.
Just be sure you choose your surgeon very carefully. It's the most important thing you can do!