Stopping lansoprazole

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Lansoprazole

In the last throes of giving up this evil medication but really struggling yesterday. Not taken my reduced dose of 4mg for 4 days and had heartburn most of the day. Taken a 4mg capsule this morning so maybe need to take it a couple of times a week for a few more week - any advice?

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    Why are you doing this? What are you going to do to control the heartburn instead?

    Long term uncontrolled reflux can lead to Barrett's Oesophagus and then Oesophageal Ca.

    The reflux is likely caused by a Hiatus Hernia. If you are overweight - you may be able to cure this by losing weight.

    You should make sure you drink a lot of water to neutralise stomach acid.

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    Thanks for the reply. Firstly I am coming off this tablet because I do not want to be on long term medication. I did not have heartburn prior to taking lans I was put in it because I was taking diclofenac. My body obviously is reacting to the lower doses and I need to take it steadily.  Secondly i am not overweight so have no need to assume I have s hiatus hernia
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      Hi Sue

      You are right in wanting to come of it, I was on it myself, only take it when the heartburn is unbearable, it seems the only way to avoid taking meds like this is to change the diet completely, easier said than done. The side effects are pretty bad indeed, it seems a mostly alkaline diet is needed. I went vegan for 2 weeks, didn’t need any pills and felt absolutely fantastic, my stomach was great, as I also have chronic Gastritis. My biggest problem is I seem to be devoid of will power, I know how to eat healthy, but I think habit has a role to play in this as well, as most of us are used to eating too much junk foods. I have pain in my upper right quadrant since I started those horrible pills, I have my suspicions it could be a fatty liver, which is one of the side effects. I know it’s not my gall bladder, as I’ve had a scan, had the all clear. 

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      Thanks for that Gillian68. I am doing really well and agree it's definitely down to eating healthily. I have found that after losing 2 stone I can now be satisfied with salad meals and porridge for breakfast. It really is all about recognising which food and drink triggers heartburn as this is really the most unbearable thing to deal with. 

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