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I've been taking Omeprazole for 4 or 5 years now due to acid reflux but lately have been suffering more and more with pains in my chest and night time anxiety attacks which are made worse by the feeling that my heart is fluttering and palpitating. The trouble is that I need something to control the acid and have tried coming off the medication before. On that occasion I was eating foods which were more alkaline and avoided anything which was hight in acid. I even tested my pH levels regularly to make sure I was keeping my system nicely balanced. None of this seemed to work and eventually the discomfort in my oesophagus and stomach forced me to back on the pills - I didn't even have time to feel any benefit from not taking them. In fact my doctor recommended doubling the dose in order to calm things down quickly. Well, the result of taking 40mg was that I sat up all night in a state trying to reassure myself that I wasn't really having a heart attack. The next day I went back to the doctor who gave me an ECG which thankfully was clear. I don't think I can stand taking Omeprazole any more but the doctors don't seem to understand how bad it's making me feel. If anyone else is now taking an alternative which works for them - or has any other tips - please advise. I will certainly try an apple a day but I feel sure I will need more than that because lying awake at night with stomach pain is almost as bad as the chest pains. Thanks in advance.
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