DGL is licorice that has had the glycyrrhizin removed (this component can cause high blood pressure). The product I took also contained some cabbage extract stuff - I think I'll try it again. I had great success with it 3 years ago but for some reason when the GERD recurred it just didn't help. I'm in the UK and the product I used came from Biocare (called Enteroplex).
I had terrible itching and an exacerbation of pre-existing eczema whilst taking ppis and that was the main reason I was on and off them for months - I couldn't stand the itching and head to toe eczema, nor could I stand the pain of the gastritis and the constant nausea that GERD gives me. BUT ......... here's a confession: I read an internet bit of blurb that said olive oil (extra virgin, uncooked) cures gastritis and I was SO stuck with the bad skin and the GERD that I decided to try it. I have to say, it did nothing at all for my stomach ........ but it didn't make it worse at least! However, after a week I had NO skin trouble!!!! This allowed me to take the ppi. So now I'm at a half way house - I take some olive oil per day and also a good quality fish oil - on this regime I can tolerate my ppi and my skin is great. I really had thought I was allergic to ppis, and I had tried 4 of them, but now I can tolerate Lansoprazole. It'd be great if someone else fancies trying the olive oil trick - let me know if you're interested!!
I was also OK at one point on a low dose ppi (15 mg Lansoprazole) plus 150 mg Ranitidine - managed a few weeks like that but then had a massive flare up and was unable to eat due to the pain. Hence back to 30 mg Lansoprazole - but now at least I don't itch. It wasn't the "miracle cure" I was looking for of course, but it's livable, and I'm grateful!!
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma