I am wondering the same thing. I have been taking Nexium for about 2 years and it works great but it is so expensive. In Canada it is not even covered by our Prescription plans so any money I spend I cannot get back. It costs me about $1000 per year. Like I said works great and I feel great and I have tried just about everything else. SOmeone mentioned Aloe Vera Juice to me but I have not tried it. Good Luck and let me know if you do find anything
You have to be very careful when it comes to getting off the PPI drug. What will happen when you stop taking the medication, you will get "rebound acid." In other words, the acid will come back with a vengeance. The best thing is to wean yourself off the drug but very very slowly perhaps taking at least two or three months. I too want to desperately get off of Nexium but am not ready since I am on a double dose. Good luck....
If you stop cold turkey like I did, expect to have 2 weeks of really bad reflux. After that you'll feel the same way as when you were taking the PPI's. THe good and bad days are exactly the same with or without the PPI's. You only thought the PPI's were doing you good because at the same time you were changing your diet and doing other things that had some improvement on the reflux. I'd rather have reflux and take no meds, then have reflux and take meds and feel exactly the same.
I've heard from several people that if you eat Papaya every couple of days it keeps the acid down. I don't know if this is true or not, but at the Dr's office I work at I hear it all the time.. Besides you'd be eating it for the reflux and you'll be eating more fruit. Kill 2 birds with one stone. And for me I only have it when I eat red sauces so I try to stay away from it as much as possible.
I was on Nexium for ~1 year and got off. To avoid the rebound effect I weaned off very slowly over a 8 week period and had no problems. I was on 2 pills/day. First I skipped the first dose every third day for a week, then every other day for a week. Then I only took both pills once a week, then only the evening pill for a week. All this went really well, so then I started the same process with the evening pill. I had no rebound. I had to go off for the 24 hour pH test. Oh, one other thing I did was get a presciption for 2 20mg pills per day instead of 1 40mg pill to help with weaning off. It was a long process, but I got off without problems. Every time I'd tried before cold turkey the rebound was unbearable.
I am now weaning off. I have been taking this stuff for almost 8 years.
First I would just try skipping a day, but that didn't work. I felt horrible.
Right now, I have been opening up the capsules and shaking out half of the spanules. I have done this every day for almost 2 weeks now and the rebound has been minimal. I am doing this very slowly. I think next week I will try to skip a day.