Posted 12/8/2017 7:19 PM (GMT -7)
I am in the process of weaning off of Pantoprazole I've been taking for GERD, Its been slow but gradual. I was taking 80mg a day (40mg before breakfast and 40mg before dinner).
about 9 months ago, when I saw the GI doctor, he altered my dose. He had me alternate between taking 1 pill vs 2 pills a day. I also take Pepcid 40mg at bedtime to help with breakthrough.
I didn't have much trouble, so 6 months ago, I just went down to one 40mg tablet a day. (continuing the Pepcid).
I went back to the GI doctor 3 months ago, and since everything was going well, he altered my dose again. He is having me take 20mg one day, 40mg the next, back and forth. (and continue the Pepcid 40mg).
I did have acid rebound that lasted a few days when I did this taper. I had nausea, regurgitation, mild heartburn, but it passed.
I am currently still doing the alternating of the 20mg and 40mg doses of the Pantoprazole, as well as taking the Pepcid 40mg at bedtime. I see my GI doc on 12/11 and I am hoping to continue the taper of the Pantoprazole.
I hope this helps.