I can't remember if I started going to every other day. I don't think I did. I think I just stopped it, and braced for the awful heartburn for awhile. The first time I stopped it, I think it took about 7-10 days for the burning to stop. The second time, it only took about 4 days, and wasn't so bad.
I don't know how old you are, but I know when I was on HRT, I had horrible GERD symptoms. When I got off the PPIs the second time, I was off the HRT, and I think that helped.
Can you use some other things as you're coming off of the PPI? .......like Pepsid and rolaids and mylanta? Just don't use another PPI, like Prilosec. Use a different thing like an H2 blocker. But don't use too many of them.
Personally, I think you should try to bite the bullet and not use much of anything. Of course, you should avoid ANY of the foods that might aggravate the problem. May I ask how old you are?
When we suppress the function of something for awhile (with meds) it seems to go over-board, once it's allowed to do it's thing. But hopefully, those acid-secreting cells in your stomach will get it out of their system, and slow down soon. Good luck to you!
P.S. Before I was on Aciphex, I had terrible heartburn, but I also had tons of nausea and diarrhea. It seemed to help my entire GI track, not just my heartburn. But I'm thinking that for some of us, that acid really does a number on us downstream too. All that acid that your stomach is producing is probably really irritating your entire GI track. For a while, try to neutralize it with mylanta or maalox.....but be aware that those can give you diarrhea too.