Best way to wean off Prilosec?

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librooks
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   Posted 5/17/2014 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm trying to wean off Prilosec for the third time, and I'd like to know the best way to do this, either reducing the dosage each time or increasing the amount of time between doses?

Reducing the dosage didn't work for me, even a small reduction left me in pain. So I'm going to take the regular dosage but try increasing the amount of time between those doses. I'm also taking Pepcid so I have a little bit of a backup.

Has anyone been successful at weaning off PPI's, and if so, how did you do it? Do you think my method will work?

librooks
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   Posted 5/18/2014 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, increasing the amount of time between doses didn't work either. And now stomach feels like it's digesting itself even though I did take the extra Prilosec. Guess the acid rebound made it sore again.

I take 20mg Prilosec every morning, and then every OTHER evening I take an extra 20mg Prilosec. So basically it works out to 30mg Prilosec every day. I also 20mg of Pepcid every day (10mg at 2pm and 10mg at 8pm).

Am I taking too much acid reducing medication? I've tried several times to wean off, and even if I do just a little, I end up in pain again, have to go back on it, and it takes several weeks to heal again. I wonder if I should just resign myself to the fact that I may have to take this for the rest of my life. I don't even eat anything that could hurt my stomach, no coffee, soda, tomatoes, etc.

javery
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   Posted 5/19/2014 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
librooks,

There's a small group of us that are trying to do what you are doing. We are all helping each other out on this thread: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=3069025. If you ask on there others can tell you what has worked from them to help you out a little more. I have managed to drop from 40mg of protonix a day to 10-20 mg of pepcid a day so far. I think the best way is to take supplements as you wean yourself off to lessen the amount of rebound you experience. A few supplements that have worked for others is DGL, aloe vera juice, and slippery elm. I cut cold turkey, which I don't recommend, and had a rough time for a few months until I started taking the pepcid. I hope you find something that works and wish you luck.

Andy1986
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   Posted 5/19/2014 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried opening the capsules and reducing the dosage that way? It would allow you to make much smaller reductions over a longer time period to hopefully give your stomach time to adjust to each change.

If I ever ween off PPIs I think I will take off 1mg per month lol just to avoid the rebound.

I did a similar thing when I weened myself off sleeping pills which are very addictive. I started by cutting the pills into 3/4 for a week, then into halves, then I got a smaller dosage tablet and went down by quarters again. I had no problems doing it in these micro steps.

javery
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   Posted 5/19/2014 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
If you take a look at this article, they were able to reduce their PPI dosage by taking an enzyme supplement.
Digestive enzymes for gerd

To me this makes sense as when you are taking a digestive enzyme it helps break down the foods which then tells the body it needs less acid for breaking down the foods. This may give you less of a rebound. I'm currently looking into ways of increasing my enzymes naturally to help out with my digestive system in order to come completely off of the pepcid. I have done some research and eating sprouts seems to be a good way to go because they are loaded with a lot of nutrients and enzymes. I just recently started a set of sprouts and they take 3-7 days to grow, so not long at all. In the mean time I have been eating fresh pineapple before and after eating protein as there are natural enzymes within the pineapple that breaks down protein and that has been helping a lot.

librooks
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   Posted 5/19/2014 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tips, everyone. Yes, I tried removing the beads in the capsules, but I may have done it too quickly. I started removing 10% and even that small amount caused acid rebound. I'm wondering if I just need to keep continuing it. Maybe I just have some kind of hyperacid stomach.
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