omeprazole - how does it work, and weaning yourself off it.

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   Posted 2/22/2014 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm thinking of reducing my dose. Half to see if I can, and half to see how bad things really are.
How does this drug work please - If a person reduces their dose does the effect kick in immediately or does it take a few days for the drug to wear off?
What is generally a good schedule to wean yourself off 2 tablets per day.
Thanks for any pointers, LD.

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   Posted 2/24/2014 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it would depend how long you have been on it. I was on it twice a day for 4 weeks. Now I've been doing once per day but have added PepZin GI, a probiotic and digestive enzymes. I've also started eating chocolate again and drinking alcohol. So far so go. I'm now going to cut the omeprazole down to every other day for a week and stop it altogether.

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   Posted 2/24/2014 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Be aware of potential rebound while reducing your dose. Also, just read Gaviscon Advance (UK) has helped people overcome the rebound effect in order to successfully quit the PPI. And ys, it will depend on how long you've used the PPI. Good Luck

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   Posted 2/24/2014 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on ppi for 2 years combined with ranitidine. I managed to kick the ranitidine in January cold turkey. So was left with the one ppi. I think if your stomach is strong enough, you should be okay on the one tablet a day and then for extra measure, I would swig some gaviscon advance at night for good measure, I have gone cold turkey as have an endoscopy coming up next week so far so good, just some minor heartburn twinges whilst eating . Plan on taking a swig do gaviscon before bed. Eat blandly and not too much. I daren't eat as much as I usually do as that will overload the stomach thus having acid spiral out of control. Eat little and often .

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   Posted 2/25/2014 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I too am weening myself off Nexium 40mg 1xday, I have been on it for approx 3 1/2 months. For the past 8 days I have taken it every other day, then I will go to every two days and so on. So far things have been okay, I did notice a difference on the second day with out it, gas return, belching and a little acid rising. I also have been taking probiotics, and drinking 1oz of aloe vera juice three times a day. Love love the aloe vera, it really works, also eating much smaller meals and excersing has been key, I had a whole day on Wed where I was symptom free, not a twinged.? I also got some DGL and Digestive Enzymes that arrived in the mail today, so I will let you know how they work out. My Endoscopy is schedule for Apr 3rd and I guess I will get more info on how I'm doing, but I wanted off Nexium because it is not good to be on it for long periods of time, it also has made my hair fall out. I know people have to have this drug as it is their only relief I just pray I'm not one of them, so that's the reason for my natural approach. This condition is so hard to live with, I pray for healing for everyone going through this.

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   Posted 2/25/2014 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for the advice.

Sincerely - I wish you all the best in your recovery.
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