omeprazole with magnesium

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   Posted 4/12/2014 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone just wanted to know if i stop taking omeprazole with magnesium does it have like any side effects or withdrawls i tend to sike myself out since i have really bad SEVERE ANXIETY.. can someone please help me with this i take 20mg and its over the counter not presribed i been buying it since 2009 from what i remember

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   Posted 4/13/2014 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Very few people have reported being able to stop taking omeprazole (or any other PPI) suddenly without experiencing severe acid rebound. Your body responds to the years of producing no stomach acid like it has to make up for all the lost time. For most it's necessary to gradually reduce the dose over period of 2-3 weeks, or maybe longer, to prevent this.

If you are taking two per day, switch to one. Or if you are taking one and you can't find a lower dose OTC version to start your withdrawal, if it's pills, try cutting them in half. If capsules, try opening them and dumping half out. You can buy empty gel caps at most pharmacies to save the other half.

If you have a bad reaction from halving the dose, then go back up and start again by taking out 25% instead of half. If half works, do that for a week or 2 and then try it every other day. You can also try the different dosages of H2 blockers over the counter (Zantac) during your withdrawal. They block acid in a different way, but they block less than omeprazole, so they may be useful at some point in your gradual cut down on the dose.

Take it slow, and add more back if you get any sudden heartburn. It works differently for everybody, so you'll have to feel you way through this.

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   Posted 4/13/2014 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
We purchased empty capsules at a local health food store and split the PPI capsules into halves for a month. , then thirds, then quarters, then eighths. (Yes, eight capsules out of one). Took a total of approximately six months to get off. Used H2 and Tums too. The dose is reduced so slowly that the rebound is gentler on you. You need patient hands and fingers and set aside time to make many capsules. It's worth it. It was hard splitting at first but then we got into a routine and a special area that we did it in. It is doable. Tiny scissors were used to open one end of the full capsule then we poured into others.

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   Posted 4/13/2014 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
rjdriver thank you for all the info its greatly appreciated :) and also to Pat Pill
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