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So I've been taking omeprazole for about 5 months now. It is working great with little side effects (20mg 1x a day). I do not want to take it long term so I thought about going down to 10mg but taking zantac with it. Has anyone ever tried this. I tried zantac alone but it never worked to calm my chest pains but thought I would give it another try. I hear zantac doesn't have long term complication like ppi's may. Any thoughts or suggestions???

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    I am not really qualified to advise you but can only sympathise.   I am on Lansoprasole 15mg and am on these for at least 3 months.   I must say that I am feeling better as far as the reflux is concerned and it has calmed it down , not gone by any means but these pills do have side effects.   I have the most annoying cough, sound like an asthmatic smoker but I do not have asthma nor have I ever smoked.     Coupled together with headaches and occasional tum trouble but have been told that these will calm down as well soon.   So before you go down the line of changing your meds, please please go and see the doctor because these darn pills are not to be played about with.
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    Hi, Zantac and omeprazole do different things, so depending on what you need it for Zantac will not work on its own. I have been on 40mg esomeprazole for 9 years and have not had any symptoms or problems, I also take upto 300mg ranitadine (zantac) without problems, I can manage on a lot less when things are good, you just need to give these tablets time to work and then when things are settled gradually reduce. I reduced from 40mg to nothing which was not a pleasent experience, worst acid ever. Good luck in July
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      Any more word on the article about the link to heart attacks? Did you discuss that with your doctor? Mine said he didn't hear anything about it.
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      Hi, I printed the article and showed my GP who looked a bit alarmed, but just said he would check it out. Not sure if you are in UK, I am and unfortunately do not always see the same GP. Back in November I went to get my repeat prescription to find that I had been reduced from 40mg to 20mg, without being told, panicking that I would not be able to cope or would just take 2 I made an appointment and saw a different GP who said they had proof that it can interferes with magnesium intake and that was why. But another GP in same practice put me back on 40mg!!. Anyway did try to cut down and was doing great until virus in January when all the other things started, chest pains etc so still taking 40mg.
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    Melatonin will help with the transistion.

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      I have heard that melatonin helps with reflux on dr. oz. He says to take 3mg for six weeks at night. Did you find that it worked? I don't know why but I was nervous about taking it.
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      It definitely helped me. I was taking it with a PPI but then I had to stop the PPI cold turkey for more tests. I was expecting the worst but nothing much happened, so I cancelled the tests. I'm pretty sure it was the melatonin that stopped the dreaded acid rebound;. I was getting acupunture at the same time so It's hard to be 100% definite. Acupunture really helps too, so maybe it was a combination.Lots of research into melatonin online. Melatonin helps tighten the oesophageal sphincter and lowers stomach acid.

      luck

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    I had an endoscopy and was diagnosed with an hiatus hernia twelve years ago. I was given Lansoprazole 30mg and have to take one every day for the rest of my life. I do know when I’ve missed taking it because my indigestion and chest pain starts playing up.

     

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      Yes I do get pain in my temple area, but I am on other medication so I'm not really sure what causes it. I do also get a dry mouth and dry eyes but I think that is caused by my Amitriptyline medication.

       

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      Yes it could well be other factors ,    I have good days and bad days.    I do find it incredible that so many people are suffering from the same symptons.
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      Hi after 9 years on PPI's it wasn't until I stopped taking them that I realised all the symptoms I was having with them. Some people do need them, but other like me are taking them because they are worried how to cope without them. You do cope, unless of course you have something more than just reflux, there are other things out there which do not cause me headaches, dry mouth, dizziness, palpitations and tiredness. Too many people complain about these symptoms and there is a lot written by medical professional stating the same for there not to something in it. I know certain people on this forum say that driving a car is bad for you, everything can be bad for you. For me I have found a way to deal with my symptons in a different way.
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