Coming off PPIs?

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Ian Victor
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   Posted 9/22/2013 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my first full day without taking any PPIs. Prior to my surgery, I had been taking PPIs for nearly 18 years. I've had a little bit of an upset stomach. My surgeon said that if I have any problems that I should take Zantac or some other H2 blocker.
What have other peoples' experiences been like coming off PPIs? Is the upset stomach a short-term thing? What can I expect if anything?

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   Posted 9/23/2013 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Ian,

The first thing my surgeon told me when I saw him after waking up is, "Stop your meds permanently". Since then, I haven't needed them at all. If I had any upset stomach coming off of them it was likely while I was in the hospital and mostly medicated anyway so I likely didn't notice!

Some people say Gaviscon has worked for them when they have periodic flare-ups.

Be well!
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   Posted 9/23/2013 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Once again Tony is right on the money!

I stopped taking mine the day before surgery and have only taken pepto and gaviscon for any other problems.

I only need to take them now if I have too much dairy, or too much fat in my diet. I could control it without meds, but sometimes I just cant turn down certain foods.

Ian Victor
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   Posted 9/23/2013 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback. My stomach will adapt. I think I'll be okay.

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   Posted 9/24/2013 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I also stopped PPIS the day before surgery.

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