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    Old 11-08-2014, 01:28 PM   #1
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    Need to get off PPIs

    Anybody else have to take Prilosec or other PPI every day for heartburn? Apparently, long term use of these meds are not good for us. I've been taking Prilosec for about 7 years, starting out at 40 mg and cut down to one 20 mg pill/day a few years ago. It keeps our stomach from producing enough acid to properly digest our food. In turn that keeps us from properly absorbing important nutrients, like B12, calcium and D. Brain fog (including memory loss), thinning of bones and other problems can be the result. Stopping cold turkey is pretty much impossible because it will cause a rebound effect where the stomach produces way too much acid, making the heartburn unbearable. I was told almost 3 years ago by a naturopath that of the meds I take, Prilosec would be the hardest and most important drug to stop taking.

    What seemed like a life(style) saver, is not. I love to partake in all the no-no's... coffee, carbonated beverages, chocolate, spicy foods, tomato-based foods and good old fried foods. Yikes! Trying to adapt my diet is hard. I started taking Zantac (not a permanent solution) and antacids, but I'm feeling it. Can't drink much coffee and can't drink Diet Pepsi at all. Just ate a bit of dark chocolate a bit ago and now really regretting it.

    I read that drinking Aloe juice is a good remedy, so am trying that. Some say apple cider vinegar helps. Going to try anything that might help!

    Any good ideas? Thanks!

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    Old 11-08-2014, 03:22 PM   #2
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    Re: Need to get off PPIs

    Well I wouldn't stop cold turkey myself
    I was on 40mg a day, got myself down to 20mg then 10mg. Then started to open the 10mg capsule and just take half
    I was doing fine, then had upper right quadrant pain for weeks so had to go back to larger dose. The pain has subsided now so I intend to follow the same weaning off process

    I don't want to be on PPI's all the time but if my throat flares up I will go back to them short term. I do think they have a place for short term use

    I happen to agree with what you wrote. We need stomach acid to get the most out of food and kill bugs...and food hanging around in the stomach for longer than it should makes you feel quite ill

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    Old 11-09-2014, 10:16 AM   #3
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    Re: Need to get off PPIs

    I have found that whole leaf concentrated aloe vera works well. I mix only about one teaspoon with a glass of water. I definitely would go on a low acid diet while you are weaning yourself off the PPIs. Also, alkaline water with a ph higher than 8 helps too.

     
    Old 11-10-2014, 01:29 PM   #4
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    Re: Need to get off PPIs

    I have had some moderate success with apple cider vinegar. The biggest impact has been amitryptilene - 10 mg in the morning and 10 mg in the evening. This seems to calm my whole alimentary canal, and stops the reflux. I know my local specialist suggests taking this.

     
    Old 11-10-2014, 01:52 PM   #5
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    Re: Need to get off PPIs

    I also took 10 mg. of amitriptyline in the morning to calm the nerves in my throat. I could not take a higher dose because it made me sleepy and I experienced a very dry mouth.

     
    Old 11-10-2014, 02:06 PM   #6
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    Re: Need to get off PPIs

    Doubt I could take that as I suspect a lax LES sphincter and amitriptylene would relax that even more

     
    Old 11-10-2014, 03:12 PM   #7
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    Re: Need to get off PPIs

    Why do you suspect a lax LES? How do you test for such a thing?

     
    Old 11-11-2014, 05:19 AM   #8
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    Re: Need to get off PPIs

    I suspect it as I only suffer reflux in the day if bending down weeding ect, and always experience it at night in bed
    Therefore if the LES sphincter is lax the pressure when bending and the pressure when lying down would adversely affect it
    The sphincter is meant to stay closed to keep food/fliud where it should be....not ascending into the oesophagus

     
    Old 11-11-2014, 05:22 AM   #9
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    Re: Need to get off PPIs

    Not sure how you'd test for it

     
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