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cokie
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   Posted 11/9/2011 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I really think the PPI I am taking is making my nausea worse. I didn't take my 20 mg. Protonix today and felt much better. I have been on PPIs for three months now. I started on 40 mg. of Prilosec and Carafate 4 x a day. I now take 20 mg. Protonix and Carafate 1 x a day. I also take digestive enzymes. i asked this once before but forgot what I was told. Has anyone had good experience getting of PPIs without severe rebound? If so, I would so appreciate any advice on how best to do it...Thanks so much...

WJF
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   Posted 11/10/2011 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
i tried 3 times getting off my PPI cold turkey and failed.
The next try (when I am strong enough), will be tapering off by reducing dosage gradually. Tapering off is the way to go.

cokie
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   Posted 11/10/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you mean like taaking it every other day? I am on 20 mg. of Protonix....

dencha
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   Posted 11/10/2011 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Lillye,
My GI doc  told me to take my 40mg every other day for a week, then I believe every 2 days for another week, and on and on.  It's likely that you'll get some rebound even with that, but maybe not!  Let us know how it goes.  Perhaps you'll want to supplement with Zantac, since that doesn't have the same long-lasting effect, but might keep the acid down.  Be sure to have some Maalox on hand for that breakthrough acid.
 
You may be dealing with bile, rather than acid, since the nausea would go hand in hand with that.  PPIs don't do a bit of good for that, so hey...give it a try!  See what happens.
 
Good luck with your experiment.  I hope it makes you feel lots better!
Denise turn

cokie
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   Posted 11/10/2011 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Denise---That is what I am going to do---do you know when I called my doctor's office , the nurse called back and said he said to just quit taking it---you'll be fine---so that was really frustrating---I have my pain on the left side in abdomen and around back still but my nausea is definitely better---is it the gluten free diet, less PPI---I don't know---I just want to gain a little weight---how long did it take to start putting some weight back on? I lost 12 pounds total ---I had gained 5 back and sfter the colonoscopy, lost the 5 again---I am sorry, i guess I am just whining---I hope your stomach is feeling better---and you other injury---I went to my naturopathic doctor today and she said she thinks I just need to relax more and "believe" I am going to be fine---I am trying---One blessing is that I have made a few good friends along the way---like you----coco

WJF
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   Posted 11/10/2011 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
20mg daily -> 10mg daily -> 10mg every other day -> stop
each takes at least two weeks

dencha
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   Posted 11/11/2011 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lillye,
I think that WJF's plan makes lots of sense.  If you can get your doc to prescribe 10mg, give that one a try. 
 
You will gain the weight back...unfortunately it takes a long, long time to heal any GI issues, and while that healing takes place losing weight is very common.  Did you discuss the nausea issue with the doc who did your gallbladder surgery? (You did have gallbladder surgery, right? Sometimes I get mixed up!) 
 
Have you seen sites like these:
I don't know if it would be of any help, but see what you think. 
 
My stomach is getting better, but I have to be really careful what I eat.  I made some bad choices yesterday, and it was worse last night and this morning.  Still overall it's better.
 
I think your naturopathic doc has very good advice.  The more you focus on your stomach, the worse it feels.  I can really notice that.  Hope you feel better soon!
 
Keep in touch!
Dennise
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