I've had problems with short of breath and my voice getting weak. After 2 years on PPI's (Nexium and Omeprazole) I attribute these horrible side affects directly to these PPI's. Aren't they prescribed to PREVENT acid reflux???? I believe they work for some people for a short time ... after all, that's why people aren't supposed to take them for more than a few weeks. Instead, my doctor told me to take two 40mg daily for an undetermined period of time. I have NOT had a LIFE for the past 2 years because of the shortness of breath, my voice disappearing, chest pain, nausea, extreme fatigue and just a general feeling of being very ill.
I have made drastic dietary changes, elevated my bed, lost all excess weight and after my recent visit to my gastro doctor, he just has NO clue as to why I'm so sick. He told me he's never had a patient with these problems. (I don't believe that for a SECOND).
He gave me samples of Zegerid 40mg (pharmaceutical grade) to take once per day in place of the Nexium. I decided to try yet another acid reducer. After 5 days on this 'poison', I was SO SICK, I just wanted to curl up into a ball.
So, I consulted a PHARMACIST to begin weaning OFF these PPI's. I am already feeling better and my energy is coming back. Every other day for a week, I am taking Nexium 40mg. once every other day and twice in between. The second week, it will be ONCE per day. Third week, one every OTHER DAY; 4th week, one every TWO days, and so on until I am totally weaned off.
When I need to, I chew a couple of Pepcid AC. I again have hope that the reason I am so SICK is BECAUSE of these POISON PILLS.
The reason I talked to a pharmacist is that they know A LOT MORE about medications than most doctors ... after all it's their BUSINESS.
I hope this is helpful to those of you suffering like I have. What have you got to lose by trying to wean off? Can it get any worse?
I will report back in a week or so as to how this is working for me.