Will I every be able to get off Prilosec/Pepcid?

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librooks
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   Posted 7/10/2014 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Taking 20mg Prilosec every day, PLUS an extra 20mg Prilosec every OTHER night (so an average of 30mg Prilosec a day), PLUS 20mg Pepcid a day. Finally starting to feel normal after a severe bout of gastritis that lasted for over a year, and have tried several times to wean off the Prilosec and Pepcid. Removing even 10% of a pill causes agonizing stomach pain, bloating, belching, cramping, the runs, etc., and within 1 or 2 weeks I give up and go back to my normal dose.

I also take DGL, Gaviscon, and Sucralfate when necessary, but they don't really do much when I'm in a lot of pain.

I'm wondering if maybe I really need these meds. Perhaps my stomach lining is worn thin from being so sick last year, and can't tolerate even a small amount of acid?

I don't want to be hooked on meds for the rest of my life. I don't get any side effects, but I know they have long-term consequences. But if my stomach needs them, then I guess I have to accept it. I'm just a little depressed that I can't go back to just the 20mg Prilosec that I was taking every day since 2003 and ditch all the extras.

Has anyone been successful in quitting Prilosec or Pepcid? Has anyone been on large doses for years? Has anyone experienced these awful reactions when trying to wean off them?

DaOne
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   Posted 7/10/2014 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi how old are you? Did you go n get the camera in your throat. What type of gastritis they said you have

librooks
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   Posted 7/10/2014 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in my 40's. I had an endoscopy in January 2013 and it showed gastritis. I don't have GERD. Doc says it's ok to take PPI's forever, but I don't agree. He didn't specify the type of gastritis, but h.pylori came back negative. I think it got as bad as it did because I got really depressed and kept having anxiety attacks from the pain, which caused more pain and became a vicious cycle.

Now that the gastritis is pretty much gone (fingers crossed), I really want to get off these meds.

DaOne
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   Posted 7/10/2014 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Ask your doctor for carafate it don't get into your blood steam in it great for gastritis n you can stop it when u heal. Get the pill kind cuz it cheaper

librooks
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   Posted 7/11/2014 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I've been taking Sulcralfate as well for about a year, but it doesn't do much unless I'm having a lot of acid burning. If I just have bad soreness without the acidy feeling, it won't help at all.

DaOne
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   Posted 7/11/2014 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Are u eating bland food

trippyhealedself
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   Posted 7/11/2014 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Baking soda!! teaspoon in 2 oz.water imediate relief!! sipwater after. does not cause pain !!does not hurt!!have doc do stool test for c-diff!! ppi cause this bacteria to grow in stomach!!! PPI pamphlet states this in info!!!

librooks
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   Posted 7/13/2014 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, bland food all the time. It's as if my stomach lining is non-existent, so even the smallest amount of acid causes pain. Been tested for c-diff and other stuff... I only get the runs when my upper stomach gets really sore. I'm going to have to wait awhile, months at least, before I attempt to wean off the Prilosec and Pepcid again. I don't know how to "re-grow" stomach lining, but if I could, I think that would solve my problem. If I try to keep weaning off it right now, I know I'll end up with a bleeding ulcer.
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