Re: ELEVEN YEARS on Omeprazole. I want off!
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!