I was on Prevacid from 2003 to 2007, then Prilosec OTC from 2007 to 2012 when I quit Prilosec over a 3-month period. I took Pepcid while coming off it to help the acid rebound. Rebound wasn't awful, but a few months later I got bad gastritis and lost 15 lbs. in 3 weeks. A year later, I'm still sick. Went back on Prilosec OTC last December, and also taking 2 Pepcids (20 mg total) and 2 DGL's per day and still have acidy stomach and feel like stomach is digesting itself. I tried to shave about 1/16 off one Pepcid pill a few days ago and the acid rebound was horrendous and I'm still paying for it today. When I double my Prilosec dose, it seems to help, but if I start doubling it every day then I'll become dependent on the double doseand it will be that much harder to quit. If I have to take one Prilosec OTC for the rest of my life, so be it, but I don't want to have to take anything else.
Is one Prilosec OTC (20mg) plus 2 Pepcid Complete (10 mg x 2) per day considered a lot? I don't want to inhibit ALL the acid as I have osteopenia and I'm afraid I won't absorb enough calcium.
Have you considered surgery?