Night time GERD and sleep deprivation

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On GP's advice I reduced omeprazole from 20 twice daily to one capsule at night.  I get very few symptoms during the day. I don't eat or drink for 3 hours before going to bed. 

 I take the omeprazole last thing at night with water and then take Gaviscon advance. 

I have a Puttnams acid reflux wedge but even so I only get a maximum of four hours sleep before waking with the griping sensation.  I take another swig of Gaviscon advance but am not really able to get much sleep for the rest of the night.  Consequently am like a zombie during the day. 

I am wondering if I might do better to take the omeprazole with my evening meal.  Am also wondering if I should take ranitidine at night as well.  Don't like taking tablets but sleep deprivation is doing me in!  Any tips/advice would be greatly welcomed.

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    Yes I always take mine before my evening meal and raitindine later why as your doctor told you to reduce your medication 
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      Thanks for responding Gillian.  Last night I took the omeprazole with my evening meal and took 150mg ranitidine before going to bed, I will keep doing this for a while and hope to see an improvement so I can get more shut-eye!  My GP said that 20mg omeprazole twice daily was quite a high dose and suggested I cut it down to one.  I am wondering if I should take supplements as I have read it can deplete one's magnesium and vitamin B12?

      Thanks again for taking the trouble to reply to my post.

      Kind regards

      Dorothy

       

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      It is interesting that you say about B12 because mine is currently a low normal reading but the doctor wants to monitor my levels. Since taking Omeprazole my iron and folate levels have also fallen.
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      That is interesting.  Do you take any supplements at the moment?  I am considering getting some vitamin/mineral tablets as I've read that omeprazole can cause malabsorption of minerals etc.  I wish there was a way of getting off the darned things.  I had an episode of GERD two years ago -lasted approx. 3-4 months and then went.  Am now 5 months in to this episode and fear I won't be so lucky this time.  Feel perpetually knackered due to lack of sleep and find myself doing silly things because I feel so befuddled. 

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      I’m currently taking iron tablets (been on them since June) and I started taking folic acid tablets nearly a month ago. My doctor will monitor my B12 and hopefully I will avoid injections. I have never suffered with folic acid and B12 before but the doctor said it isn’t because I take Omeprazole 
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      Hi, I'm also suffering terribly atm I'm on 20mg omeprazol twice a day, sometimes have to take Ranitidine as Well also gaviscon advance, I really want to stop the ppi's too because of related side effects, like some of you here I've never had problems with deficiency, but had low folate and low side of normal b12, which is a side effect of these meds. Hope you get some relief soon ladies xx

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      Hello Gillian I hope your throat is easing a little.  I was having such problems sleeping and the daytime heartburn was getting worse so in desperation I contacted the doctor.  Spoke to a different one this time (one of the partners) and he just advised me to go back on 2 x 20 mg omeprazole - he didn't seem to think it was that high a dose or that big a deal.  I am very lucky that I haven't got much stress at present, but had loads of it when I had my last bout 2 years ago.  I remember feeling quite desperate because what with the stress/worrying and the GERD I wasn't getting any sleep at all.  Stress and GERD, I agree with you and Alvin is the combo from hell! 

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