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Hi, I have had Acid Reflux/Gastris (not sure which one, or could be both) for around 2 years now.
I have been on and off PPI's for arond a year and I'm really hoping to come off these drugs ASAP as I have heard nothing but bad reviews on them.
Question 1: Am I ready to come of them?
I haven't had an ounce of heartburn, and I mean not even once, for the past 8 months. The only problem I seem to have, is that I get stomach cramps most days in my upper abdominal area. It's like a dull ache I feel is realived by putting preasure on it or eating something. It also is realived by having DGL licorice.
So what is the stomach pain I am getting, does that mean I am not ready to come off the PPI's yet?
I am hoping to come off them, even if I am not ready too, providing that I get don't advised it is a bad idea on here. So if I was to come off them, what would be the best approach to this? I am thinking of maybe lowering my dosage from 30mg to 15mg for a further 2 weeks, then hopfully lowering it again even smaller after that (if they have smaller dosages - Lansoprazole). I have also heard that taking a H2 block at night may help too once I come off them.
Every time I have tried to stop coming off my PPI's in the past, I have had a rebound and ran back to the PPI's thinking that my problem has came back, but only recently I realised you can have a Rebound when you come of them, so I feel stupid for running back to them. That is why this time, I wan't to do it correcly.
PS, I am in my mid 20s, currently taking 30mg Lansoprazole. I am taking DGL licorice, Acidophilus tablets, slippery elm and a very bald diet.
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