Were you able to get off of PPIs after surgery?

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Life is Good to me
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   Posted 2/28/2013 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Having NF in 6 days & was wondering if many of you were able to get off of PPIs immediately after surgery? Can't wait to get off of these meds - getting hives & itching when taking them, but in agony if I don't. I have great expectations of the surgery.
Scheduled for NF on 3/6/13

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   Posted 2/28/2013 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   

I was told I would have to take them a week after surgery just to help things settle down but would be able to stop after that.

I'm due to get surgery on the 11th march.

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   Posted 2/28/2013 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Josie and stuc.

I was supposed to keep on the PPIs until my followup visit. I asked if I could stop then and was told it was OK to try. I think I got good advice.

Josie - If you don't tolerate PPIs you could try Zantac instead - but ASK your doctor first!

Write down all the things you want to ask before surgery. Take the list with you. Take with you a second list to ask after surgery - like when to stop acid reducing meds, how long to stay on clear liquids, "full" liquids, soft food.

Don't expect to have an instant improvement. This is major surgery and it takes months to completely recover. In fact for a few weeks your symptoms could worsen. I was lucky and could feel I had no reflux right away.

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   Posted 2/28/2013 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on your NF! I am wondering the same thing and fingers crossed, because every situation/body is different.

@Stucowley...my NF is also scheduled for March 11 :)

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   Posted 2/28/2013 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alcie - thanks for the reply. Problem is I have been on both 600 mg of Zantac & 120 mg of dexilant daily. I have weaned myself down to 150 mg of Zantac & 60 mg of dexilant daily to a point of pain tolerance. Still getting hives unless I take none of either of these but then the pain becomes too much & I start
Vomiting every time I eat. I will definitely talk to the surgeon.

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   Posted 2/28/2013 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
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I didn't take any PPIs after I was discharged from the hospital. While I was there they gave me protonics, but I wasn't required to take any after I got home.
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   Posted 2/28/2013 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I had surgery February 5th. My dr. said to keep taking the PPI's so my body could heal. Went to see the dr.
on Feb. 22, I have not taken another since and have had no reflux or anything. To say the least I am very
happy. I am also eating anything I want. turn

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   Posted 2/28/2013 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Life is Good to Me,
Many go off their PPIs immediately after their surgery. Others stay on during their early recovery, to offer additional protection. If you're unable to take PPIs because of their side effects, I would assume you'd go off immediately. If you wanted some protection during the very early stages of recovery, you could take Zantac or something similar.
Good luck!

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