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It all started with me 20 years ago when I was 50 and took 1-2 packs of "Rolaids" just to get thru the day. After a while I went to Dr complaining of blood when I went to the batroom and upon doing a upper GI he stated that my stomach was eaten up from stomach acid and then...about 15-17 years ago put me on PRILOSEC which I have have been taking for over 15 years and was told that my stomach produces too much acid ( I never asked or wondered why) but at this time Prilosec was "very" expensive and my health insurance paid for it. I believe then it was a "capsule" and after the "patent" ran out Prilosec switched to "tablets" to which was a lot cheaper and I have tried MANY times to get off of it but at least for the last 5 years the (over the counter) Prilosec in tablet form can be "broken" unlike the old capsules. I have tried in vain to get off this medication and if I "forget" to take my 1/2 tablet (10mg) I will most definately feel the "burning" start to begin. I hope that by cutting the 20mg tablet in half and finding that this will keep the burning from happening it has "lessened" my fears of bone loss, kidney problems, cancer or all the other "symptoms" that I have been hearing about from "attorneys lawsuits on TV" but I will continue to read about and post like these will hopefully find me a cure. I have tried the "no fried foods, alcohol, and diet but still I am CHAINED to this medication. Now I am trying the Omeprazole pills that I have found online and are cheaper than Prilosec (which I buy online) and I think it is the same thing as Prilosec or has the same medication. I will now thanks to this article start taking magnesium, and Iron althought I don't think the Gaviscon will work as I have tried Zantac, Tagamet and others that don't even come close to putting out the fire....like prilosec does.
I will do everything you all have suggested and try to break the addiction I have to this medicine as my worst nightmare is being somewhere I can't find it or run out and suffereing the agony of my stomach buring. Thank you all for your post and as long as 1/2 of a tablet controls my acid I will definately not take more after hearing of some of the horrible things it can cause.
I still do not know why they make the Nexium and Prilosec and Prevacid when this one bottle of "Omeprazole" ??should do?? the same thing
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