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I was having gastritis symptoms (sore, corrosive feeling in stomach, but no acid reflux), I was prescribed Omeprazole (2 x 20mcg daily for 28 days). This cleared up the symptoms quite quickly. But then towards the end of the 28 day course, I suddenly started experiencing acid reflux, completely out of the blue. It was like the Omeprazole had suddenly either stopped working or was creating a new problem. I spoke to the pharmacist, who advised that I finish the 28 day course, then taper down onto 1 x 20mcg daily for a few weeks, then 1 x 10mcg daily, and wean myself off it gradually. This all made sense, as I took Omeprazole once before, for one month, and suffered quite nasty acid reflux after going cold turkey.
But gradually reducing hasn’t helped much (well maybe slightly, but not a lot), and I’ve now been off Omeprazole completely for a week, and I’m still needing Gaviscon or Peptac after every meal. I feel that Omeprazole fixed the gastritis, but created an acid reflux problem.
Has anyone else experienced this? Do I just need to be patient, keep taking the Gaviscon and wait for my stomach to settle? I’ve already read that you shouldn’t start ‘step down’ from Omeprazole til your symptoms are under control, but Omeprazole seemed to be creating symptoms, not controlling them!
I’m wary of going back to the doctors, he mentioned an endoscopy last time, and I’d never cope with that.
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