Nexium - How to wean off??
I am 31 years old and have been taking Nexium for approximately 6 months, I was put on it when I went to the hospital for chest pain last summer. After going to the hospital I was sent for an endoscopy where the GI doctor didn't see anything, but told me to stay on nexium for 4-6 months as he felt I had GERD induced by stress. Now 6 months later I want to get off the medication as I don't want to have to take it the rest of my life. 2 weeks ago I went to my primary care doctor and he told me to start taking Prilosec OTC in place of nexium and then after a week goto one prilosec everyother day and then after 2 weeks stop taking any pills. So yesterday I took a prilosec in place of the nexium and later that afternoon felt some reflux, but nothing too bad. Then this morning my chest was burning and I felt like something was caught in my throat. Throughout the day things just got worse, so I called my doctor and he told me to take a nexium. I took the nexium and still feel pretty bad 8 hours later.
I have noticed in the past that if I took my nexium in the afternoon before dinner rather than my normal schedule of in the morning, I would pay for the next 24 hours with reflux. It's as if my body knew I took it late and makes me pay.
So now I want off this stuff, I saw another post about someone who bought capsuls and slowly tapered their dose down by breaking the capsuls and filling his own, but I am not comfortable with that. I have tried mylanta or tonic water when the acid kicks up, but that doesn't help much if any. It is like the only thing that gives me any relief is to take the nexium on schedule.
Any success stories on weaning or things to try during the aparent rebound?