Cold Turkey off of Nexium

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ExGrndPounder
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   Posted 4/12/2011 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking PPI's for around 12 years now for GERD.  I was first on Prilosec for a few years before being switched to Nexium.  A few years ago I was diagnosed as being anemic and had to take B12 injections for a while.  Now I have pretty bad arthritis in my hips and shoulders.  I had a bone density scan that showed I had pretty moderate bone lose in my hips.  My doctors never linked any of this to my long term use of PPI's even though I did mention what I found online.  So 2 days ago I decided to just go cold turkey and stop using my nexium.  My stomach has had a terrible burning sensation which makes sleeping almost impossible.  I haven't had any heartburn yet but the stomach burning is bad enough.  I'm determined to stay off the nexium and would like any advice on what I can take for the burning stomach feeling.

BurningMan
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   Posted 4/12/2011 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
You may want to consult your doctor about going cold turkey as it could be a shock to your body and you may be advised to "ease" back slowly (say by taking one every other day for a period of time before stopping outright).

Also consider consulting a homeopathic doctor and asking about herbal remedies such as mastic gum, licorice root, aloe vera juice and slippery elm bark all of which are traditionally used to soothe and remedy gastrointestinal issues.

Good luck.

couchtater
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   Posted 4/12/2011 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
EGP, Yes, long term use of PPIs can cause mineral issues in our body. And BM is right, you do need to taper off of the nexium to keep from having rebound.
Joy

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/12/2011 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
You could try using Zantac to help with stepping down. Cold turkey may well give you big problems with acid rebound; I got as far as day 10 before that hit me. I had to persevere with coming off the ppi cos of side effects. So after taking it again for a further week, I then went over to high dose of Zantac and am trying to slowly reduce that. Each time your symptoms plateau you could wait a bit then try a further step down. You'll probably need a different prescription to do it properly i.e. To get some Zantac high dose and maybe to get lower doses of your ppi.

Incidentally, homeopathy is not the same as herbal or phytochemical products. Homeopathy is a remedy like nux vomica and is based on homeopathic dilution principles. Herbals are slippery elm and licorice. Plant derived remedies are mastic gum and orange peel extract. Homeopathic remedies won't clash with others, but herbals can have interactions with each other and with medicines, so it's good to have some understanding of what you're taking I think!

For burning have you tried gaviscon or similar?

Good luck!

ExGrndPounder
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   Posted 4/13/2011 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday was terrible so I went and talked with my health care provider.  The plan now is to take a nexium every other day for a week, followed by one every two days for a week, and finally one every three days till I feel no burning.  I'll let you know how this schedule goes in a few days.  Right now my stomach feels like it is eating a hole in itself.

Carrie48
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   Posted 4/13/2011 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi There,

I don't usually post on this forum, but I would agree with mud. I have problems with acid reflux at times. I was just diagnosed with Lyme Disease in January and a year of weird symptoms. My doctor started me on Dexilant along with my ABX because I was afraid the ABX would cause me to have a flair. Within two weeks of starting, I had pretty bad acid reflux symptoms. This persisted for a couple of months when I finally thought that maybe the Dexilant was TOO MUCH medicine for me. I stopped taking it and switched to Zantac 150..one in the morning. Felt almost immediate relief from the "food being stuck" feeling. Spent about two weeks taking Zantac and then stopped on Saturday and so far, so good.

I believe that I have low stomach acid rather than high stomach acid. Low stomach acid can cause the same symptoms that a person with high stomach acid can. I'm going to speak to my gastro doc about this next time I see him.

I wanted to tell you about a product that I've been using for quite a while now. You can get it online...it's not cheap, but I think it works great for my tummy. It's called GI-Revive made by designs for health. It has all the good stuff for your tummy in it including Aloe Vera, slippery elm, marshmallow and other stuff. It's a powder form and I take 1 tspn in the morning and 1 at night mixed with water. It's gluten and dairy free too.

Good luck!

ExGrndPounder
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   Posted 4/16/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Well my Tummy is doing a whole heck of a lot better without much burning sensation now. I am having some pretty bad acid reflux when I sleep as I have been waking up with a throat that feels like someone took sandpaper to it. Started taking Gaviscon before bed for two nights now and that seems to help along with sleeping with an extra pillow to keep my head elevated. Hopefully it gets better from here on out.

BurningMan
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   Posted 4/16/2011 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing the gradual scale back of Nexium too starting from 2x a day to 2x every other day (and one a day in between). I'm also taking the herbals - aloe vera, licorice root, slippery elm. My goal is to get off the Nexium having taken it for six years, but I am going to go gradually. I'm not sure how long I will take the herbals though. My symptoms from my last flare up have pretty much disappeared so maybe I will continue at least until I'm comfortably off the Nexium entirely.

lazytrader
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   Posted 4/16/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
hey i stopped the nexium cold turkey, i took it for almost 10 years, it sucked but my 2 weeks is almost over, have completely changed diet and take all kinds of remedies some help and some hurt. first few days were tough but i quit the nicotine the same time so couldnt really tell what was makin me crazy no more nexium or chew?

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   Posted 4/19/2011 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
10 days now since I decided to quit nexium.  Cold turkey was too rough on me but the day on day off weening is now going fine.  I thnk I'm going to stay on this schedule for two weeks instead of one as my doctor said before going to one day on two days off.  No stomach pain at all now and my night time reflux seems to be gone for now.  My wife who is a nurse suggested I take a spoon of apple cider vinegar with each meal and that seems to help.  Now that I am tapering off of nexium I am wondering if my bone loss will reverse itself?

leniijane
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   Posted 4/27/2011 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I am getting off of Prilosec cause it caused hair loss. I am taking Ranididine when needed which is about 3 times a day right now. Hope to wean off of that too. don't have heartburn, but have that burning feeling in tummy.

I had the nissan surgery 6 months ago and they made a really tight wrap, and some things(alot actually) are still sticking there. Then some have to be regurgitated to get rid of. I just had half of a banana, and that happened. Can't eat raw bananas and alot of other things as well.

I hate this surgery, but my whole stomach was in my chest, so had no choice.

ExGrndPounder
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   Posted 4/27/2011 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm now on a one day on and two days off schedule with the nexium and doing fine.  Other than the couple of days of acid rebound at the start no heartburn so far. 

lozzy42
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   Posted 8/30/2011 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
ExGrndPounder said...
I have been taking PPI's for around 12 years now for GERD. I was first on Prilosec for a few years before being switched to Nexium. A few years ago I was diagnosed as being anemic and had to take B12 injections for a while. Now I have pretty bad arthritis in my hips and shoulders. I had a bone density scan that showed I had pretty moderate bone lose in my hips. My doctors never linked any of this to my long term use of PPI's even though I did mention what I found online. So 2 days ago I decided to just go cold turkey and stop using my nexium. My stomach has had a terrible burning sensation which makes sleeping almost impossible. I haven't had any heartburn yet but the stomach burning is bad enough. I'm determined to stay off the nexium and would like any advice on what I can take for the burning stomach feeling.


Hi there, as you have been taking Nexium for a few years, can you tell me if you gained weight whilst taking it? I'm having real problems with weight gain since I've been on it.

Cheers

Laura

ExGrndPounder
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   Posted 8/30/2011 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I am a bit heavier than I was when I first went on the drug but not sure if it was the cause.  I was 175 12 years ago and now 200, most likely just my age catching up on me as I'm now 50.
 
I am glad to say I'm completely off the drug now with no heartburn at all.

4hn
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   Posted 9/1/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
ExGrndPounder said...
Well I am a bit heavier than I was when I first went on the drug but not sure if it was the cause. I was 175 12 years ago and now 200, most likely just my age catching up on me as I'm now 50.


I am glad to say I'm completely off the drug now with no heartburn at all.


Glad to hear that you did manage get off the PPI...
hope i will get on the same boat someday...
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