I recently did what you want to do I got off PPI I was on them for 7 years I've been off for 3 maybe 4 months now. Yes you can take zantac with omeprazole I was taking 40mg of omeprazole so one in the morning one at night then I took one zantac or the generic Ratadine one hour after the omeprazole. Then after one week stopped the PPI in the morning and only took the H2 blocker. Then over the next week kept taking H2 (zantac) h2 is shorter to type lol twice a day.ok so I'm on week two now I stopped the PPI altogether and just took the H2 twice a day for the next two weeks. I currently take a h2 in the morning and sometime take it at night as needed I need it less and less depends on what I eat. Before you begin you adventure you will need some tools in your toolbox if you don't have them already.
Tums. Gaviscon Tylenol. Or what ever you take for headaches
Those are in my mind all must
Optional daily probiotic liquid like Yakults. Or a pill version.
Vitamins magnesuim citrate,D3,b12
Good luck any questions just ask there is no wrong way to do this according to my GI dr which I think is great he has always been very flexible in my wanting to get off PPI.
I believe you will feel a lot better off PPI your compliantly sound a lot of the one I had life is better off them but I don't feel like it was before I started them but then again I was 7 years younger so who knows for sure.
I've really noticed the past two years that something had changed in my body I wasn't sure what but something nothing I had done was different beside my age and the only medication I took PPI. The after some research only the symptoms I was complaining about others on PPj were complaining about so I thought what if I could stop taking these would things get to feeling better.
Lighthead ness feeling stange foggy out of touch like in a daze sometimes naseau some also. Since being off PPj I have only some lightheadedness things are much better.
Brainfog, what was the reason that you were on Omeprazole? Was it for Gastritis, GERD, IBS? Did you ever try to lower your dosage to see if a lower dosage eliminated or lessened your symptoms? Are you on generic Omeprazole? sometimes a name brand prescription works better than a generic (my experience with some prescriptions for other illnesses).
I was on 40mg Omeprazole for Gastritis and had the worst gas/bloatting as well as severe constipation. I changed to 20mg name brand Prilozec and the gas went away and so did the constipation. I do suffer a little bit from acid coming up my esophagus and will add 10mg at night to see if it helps. For now I am taking Gaviscon at night to help with night acid.
I've been taking Prilosec OTC only since October 2012, but due to some serious side effects (tingling, numbness and muscle cramps) I'm stopping them today. I had been tapering off, first by reducing my dose from 20 to 15 mg per day for three weeks and then 15 to 10 mg per day. But these side effects cropped up a few days ago and convinced me I just need to stop taking them, period. I did all the research and I'm armed with the following tools:
1. ACV - You could have never convinced my that raw vinegar would help with an acid stomach, but last night I was feeling that burning sensation in my chest so I tried just 1 tsp ACV + 1 tsp Manuka Honey in water and WOW. Within 10 minutes the burning was gone.
2. PB8 probitic and Calcium Citrate (plus D3)
3. Lots of high fiber choices (breads, cereals, veggies) that help absorb excess acid.
4. Finally, to reduce pain and suffering I'm planning to take Zantac 150 (1x or 2x per day as needed) to prevent too much inflammation in my stomach and esophagus.
I should mention that this is my THIRD try at stopping ppis. I've been aware of the negative aspects of this medication, so I tried stopping cold turkey once before with no tools to help (did not work at all!!). The second try I tapered down way too quickly. But these serious side effects have left me no choice. To be honest, I'm really anxious about the rebound but with each day that passes without Prilosec I know I'm one day closer to reclaiming my health!