Hi I am new to this forum, so hi to everyone.
I am so stressed out because I have been on omerprezole for 2 years. My doctor increased my dosage to 40mg per day. As a result of this I became very aneamic, she then prescribe double dosage of iron supplements for my aneamia. It still did not improve. Eventually I changed doctors and told my new doctor that I do not want to take the omeprazole for life long even though she said it is okay to take it for a number of years. I never had gerd or reflux prior to my pregnancies 6 years ago. For both my pregancies the doctors put me on omerprazole as I had daily heartburn. After the birth of my second child they put me on zantac but it did not help, so they put me on omerprezole. The omerprezole helped my reflux but also made me become aneamic and has caused me to have very low stomach acid.
I know this because I did the stomach acid test at home by taking baking soda in water and timing myself for belching. I did not burp in the five minutes. I did this test twice to confirm results. I also noticed when I ate beetroot that my urine was very very red which shows los stomach acid as I have read online.
Two months ago I tried to leave the omeprazole but had a terrible rebound effect. Now I have changed my diet completely for over a month after which I did the stomach acid tests because I know I have a low heamoglobin level as per my last blood test taken 2 weeks ago. I also reduced my dosage to 20mg for a month.
It is now a week that I reduced the dosage to 10mg per day. I did the stomach test today and it still shows low stomach acid. What I would like to know is whether I can just stop taking the omeprezole now that the home test shows low stomach acid.
I ask you to please help me if you can as I am frustated of the doctors keep putting me on the ppi. I have discussed this with my doctor but she wants me to wean off over a period of 9 months failing to realize that my aneamia wont be solved with her method for the next 9 months if I dont do something about this.
Please help, Your feedback will be greatful