Has anyone else tried this

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Hi, I am a regularl poster on both GERD and gastritis forums.  I have been on esomeprazole and ranitadine for many years and am currently awaiting ensodoscopy for gastritis due to anti biotics and pain killers.I was asked to come off medication prior to this test and not given enough time to do it gradually so panicked and was in great discomfort for the first couple of days, until a poster on the gasrtitis website suggested zinc, oh my god what amazing stuff, apart from 2 tablets of 17mg each (cannot mention brand or it will be moderated) and 1 ranitidine in the last 6 days I am virtually pain free, no gastritis, no acid nothing.  I find it all too good to be true to be honest and wonder what the zic is masking, if I carry on like this I do not think I need the endoscopy although I will still have it on 18th.  I really have no gastritis pain after months in agony and the acid is so minimal it is hardly there.  Anyone else tried this and what happened in the long term. 

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    I haven't but I'm going to follow this post as it seems really interesting and could be the answer I have been looking for . I might even try it anyway nothing to lose
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      Hi Claire, my thoughts exactly when I was told to try it. If you google zinc you will see that it helps with acid and gastritis, the one I was told about was zinc with another word. The moderator deleted the post that contained the full name. It has saved me from what I thought was going to be 2 weeks of hell before my scope. If they find nothing wrong I intend to continue with this and just use ranitidine as a back up, to get off PPI's after nearly 10 years would be fantastic. Not sure why GP's don't mention it, which is why I was asking whether anyone had any negative views, give it a try and let's see if anyone else has any thoughts. Take care
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    Hi I replied to your post but can't find it anywhere so I'll have another go. I was diagnosed with stomach ulcers last week. I had been on omeprazole for a while with no improvement in my symptoms and the specialist has put me on lansoprazole for six weeks after which I have to have another endoscopy. There's no h.pylori and I don't take aspirin etc so he says my problems are caused by stress. However my problems all started when I took several causes of antibiotics for a recurrent UTI. I wondered if your doc had made a connection between your antibiotic use and your gastritis because my doc isn't interested. Will look into the zinc supplements. Hope to hear from you
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      Morning Liz, yes my GP did make the connection. I had a terrible year one way or another with tonsilitis, then chest infection, then removal of lump under eye which went septic so all in all took loads of anti b's, then on top of this I took loads of supplements just trying to get better. Stomach in agony, went to GP's at least twice a week to be told it was in my head. I went on holiday in October and did not take anything apart from esomeprazole, no supplements nothing and by the 3rd day my stomach was 100% better, when I came home started supplements and bang stomach bad again. Spoke to GP about this and she said it was the casings around the pills that burn the stomach, hence the need for an endoscopy next Monday. The zinc is really calming and at present means I am off esomeprazole with no acid, when I have tried to come off before it has been impossible. I think from reading up about zinc that it heals ulcers and gastritis, but will discuss this with GP before I come off esomeprazole completely after scope. Try zinc with another name after it (tried to mention it but gets moderated) you will find it if you google zinc for gastritis/ulcers. Take care
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      Thanks for your reply. I'm really struggling with this because if the ulcers have been caused by stress then I'm going to find it very difficult to destress myself, I had a really bad night last night with the pain and am panicking that because the omeprazole didn't work then the lansoprazole won't either. The specialist says the drugs just reduce the acid thereby helping the ulcers to heal but if you don't get to the root cause then you don't get anywhere in a hurry. I'm seeing a CBT lady this morning to try some relaxation techniques but the whole situation is leading me into depression. I'm only 60! I have a loving husband and daughter but I feel quite desperate at times. When I looked up using the zinc supplement the patient.co.uk website said it shouldn't be taken unless you have a zinc deficiency. Did your GP recommend it?
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      Hi, no my GP didn't but the website also says that if you eat cake, fizzy drinks, coffee, bread and generally anything other than fruit and vegetables most people will be lacking in zinc. If you only take 1 x 17mg tablets you are not overdoing it, but it could help your stomach, for me it was worth the risk as there is no risk of overdose according to google and it has stopped me going crazy not being able to take the PPI's until after my scope. If you do not want to do that try ranitidine with the lansoprazole, you can buy this over counter. I take Esomeprazole iwhich is a stronger PPI and to be honest they take a good couple of weeks to really kick in. You could up your dosage and see, I range from 40mg to 20mg and on really bad days have taken 60mg. I am 56, with a really stressful life as I have a 16 year old and have never had ulcers due to this. I am a bit anti doctors who seem to put everything down to stress. I really think that it was the anti b's in your case as it was mine. If ulcers are anything like gastritis then I understand the pain you are in, but it could have been worse and I hope that is all I have next week when I have mine. Try try not to get depressed as they will heal. I get a nice drink and sit with a book and disappear for a couple of hours if I feel bad. Give zinc a go just for a couple of days and see if it works for you. Take care
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