Re: Nexium on as needed basis and gastritis
When I was tapering off Prilosec, for a while I took a pill every other day, but I found that made things worse for me, so I just quit entirely and used Zantac instead. (I was drug free and almost symptom-free for months, then stuff happened, now I'm back on.)
The PPIs are not an as-needed medicine. They can take days to start working, and once they are working, they're hard to quit. If you only have occasional symptoms, you'd be better off with an antacid or H2 blocker.