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I'm writing this for my husband. He is 28 years old and has been on lansoprazole for about 7/8 years. He first started on them after an acute episode of acid. He came off a few months. A few months later his symptoms returned and the doctor put him back on them. After this if he has tried to come off, he has terrible rebound symptoms, so the doctor said he should continue taking them indefinitely. His kidney function has decreased slowly during his time on them and doctors have always dismissed this. He began feeling very fatigued, feeling sick, loss of appetite, so he went to the doctors. They did a blood test and it revealed his kidney function was at 57%. We made the link between lansoprazole and chronic kidney disease. He has to have s blood test in January to see if his kidney function still remains low, if it dies, he will be officially diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. He has weaned himself from 30mg to 15mg for two weeks and was fine. He stopped altogether and started ranitidine 150mg twice a day for 10 days. He got to the point where he had horrific bloating, gas, loss of appetite, sickness, his stomach was in pain too. He has had to go back on lansoprazole 15mg through not being able to bear it. He has been on them again now for 3 days and feels awful and they haven't worked like they did before. We feel stuck as to what to do to ease symptoms, as we don't want any problems with ulcers etc but also don't want to further damage his kidneys. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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