I was diagnosed with gastritis (from upper endoscopy) last year, and I think I still have it. I've never had actual "reflux", but sometimes the acid feels like it's eating into my stomach, and other times I'm bloated and burpy.
I started taking Prevacid 15mg in 2003 when I had this before (it took almost 2 years to go away), and I was on it every day until 2007 when I switched to Prilosec OTC (20 mg), which I've been taking every day. Last summer I weaned off the Prilosec over 3-4 months. Acid rebound wasn't horrible, but a few months later I got gastritis. I never should have stopped taking the Prilosec.
So now I take Prilosec OTC in morning, and 2 Pepcids throughout day (10mg x 2). Acid blockers inhibit absorption of nutrients, and I have osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis). I'd like to quit the Pepcids, but after being on them every day for 8 months, even removing 1/16 of one pill creates horrible acid rebound for days afterwards.
This is a daily source of stress for me, as the Prilosec alone no longer works in keeping the acid at bay. If I continue taking the Prilosec plus the Pepcid, then if I get gastritis again, I'll have to take even more, and so on. I don't want to get to the point where I'm taking huge doses of this stuff and then I can't get off it because the acid will burn a hole in my stomach.
Does Prilosec 20mg + Pepcid 20mg every day seem like a lot, especially if I have to continue on it for the rest of my life? I'm a bundle of nerves over this.