Anyone actually get off PPI's or H2 in the long run?

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paleoman
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   Posted 12/30/2013 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on Neixum for 10 years, Dexilant for 2 and this fall trying to taper off. I'm down to just 2 Zantac 150mg a day but definitely notice when the Zantac is wearing off (after about 6-8 hours). I am at my leanest weight I've ever been (170, 6') and in my 30's.

I have surgery (LNF) scheduled in 1 week and considering postponing the surgery for a few months but really would prefer to get it done. I just can't imagine this won't be something I won't be finding for the rest of my life.

Any advice, anyone have luck getting off PPI's and H2's?

Roger D.
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   Posted 12/30/2013 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Totally off PPIs; H2 blocker; Maalox and Tums after my NF. Was on double dose Nexium for 10 years. Stopped cold turkey after surgery. No withdrawal or adverse effects.
After surgery I was able to control heartburn with diet. I learned what not to eat and drink.
Before surgery it did not matter what I ate or drank; I always had heartburn.

paleoman
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   Posted 12/30/2013 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Roger! I am very confident that I will be able to get off PPIs and Zantac post NF surgery.

What I'm really getting at is there anyone out there who has been successful in getting of acid suppression medication without having to have surgery?

javery
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   Posted 12/30/2013 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm down to 2 Pepcid OTCs a day and rarely take any tums or anything else. I'm considering dropping down to 1 Pepcid OTC as I haven't had any heartburn for a week now being on 2. I've been off PPI's for about 3 1/2 months and am very optimistic at this point. I am now able to eat things I wasn't able to right after getting off the PPI's such as certain candies and I don't get any heartburn from them anymore. I believe it just takes time. I juice in the mornings and then eat mostly a paleo type diet for lunch and dinner. I also don't limit how much I eat anymore. I eat until I'm satisfied. I also snack on apples twice a day. I think that within 6 months or so I should be completely off all meds and back to where I was prior to being put on them.

librooks
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   Posted 1/1/2014 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

paleoman
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   Posted 1/1/2014 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
librooks said...
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?

sunbeam48
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   Posted 1/1/2014 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm off PPI'S and h2 blockers, have been doing well for a year. The Fast Tract diet and author Norm Robillard were most helpful in helping me learn what foods I can best tolerate. I don't eat as low carb as he recommends, but the system was very enlightening for me. The acid- reducing meds made my digestion worse.

paleoman
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   Posted 1/2/2014 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
sunbeam48 said...
I'm off PPI'S and h2 blockers, have been doing well for a year. The Fast Tract diet and author Norm Robillard were most helpful in helping me learn what foods I can best tolerate. I don't eat as low carb as he recommends, but the system was very enlightening for me. The acid- reducing meds made my digestion worse.


Thanks for the this. I've read the book but have not dug into the process yet. I plan on starting this week. It should be relatively easy as I already eat pretty low carb. Will post an update on this thread in a couple weeks. Currently on 2 zantac a day with Gaviscon.
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