Stopping medications after Gallbladder op

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Hi, I am having my GB op on tuesday and was just wondering  wether I will be able to come off of the omeprazole I have to take now. I am on buscopan too but guessing I will be able to just stop them. But I would so love to get off the Omeprazole. Did anyone else find they didnt need them after the op and did you have any problems coming off them please.

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    Hi

    Omeprazole is usually given for stomach problems such as gastritis or ulcers or acid reflux and not for gallbladder problems.  I had my gallbladder out in April this year and I had gastritis before the operation but it really flared up after the operation and instead of the 20mg daily I was on I ended up on 80mg a day as well as 300mg of Ranitidine - I'm still having problems too.  I think you will have to wait and see what happens after the operation - don't suspend it straight away, give your body time to adjust without a gallbladder and then see how you go.

    Best wishes

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      I had very bad acid reflux well before any of my Gallbladder pain began and looking back now I believe that this may be  was the Gallbladder causing this . I will carry on taking it and see further down the line if I can begin to cut back a bit. Sorry to hear youve still got the acid problem. Thanks for your reply smile
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    hi

    im now 2 1/2 weeks post op - i too was on lansoprazole and renitedine before the op, i thought i would be able to stop them after the op but just before i went to surgery the surgeon said i would need to still take them as the acid reflux and gallbladder were two different things, he said see how it goes afterwards then reduce to test it - being a smart ass i thought i feel so much better post op i will reduce now, this has resulted in really bad (painful) bouts of diarrhea, i had that 3 days on the trot so have started the lansoprazole again and fingers crossed it seems to have settled - i did some research and because the bile is now not dispatched when needed through the gallbladder it is now going straight to my stomach causing a build up  - eating little and often and taking the tabs should help... i may swap to the renitedine later as that can be bought over the counter..  i also read on another forum that someone had the same symptoms when he had too much cheese and milk afterwards so will monitor that too as i had had cheese in a couple of sandwiches too - all trial and test i guess - but like many i don't regret the op and certainly don't miss feeling like crap all the time :-)  good luck and let us know how you do (i personally have found these pages invaluable) x

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      Hi,  I guess I may have to accept I will have to take them but if thats all I have to do and I get my health back Ill be more than happy smile I am dairy free normally so I dont eat cheese and  milk any way so shouldnt be a problem for me to steer clear of that. I  went and had the bloods test done today so already for op on tuesday now and I cant wait smile I keep asking myself should I really be this happy about having an op LOL. I will update as and when I can and let you all know how things went smile x
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      Yes you can be that excited, I was, I had a countdown app on my phone entitled 'bye bye gallbladder'!!! Had stitches removed today (they didn't dissolve completely) I am feeling really good right now!! good luck x
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    Hi Jane,

    I hope that your op goes well and wish you a speedy recovery

     I had mine removed on the 6th August and just feel so much better its so nice to finally be pain free.  I too took Omeprazole to help with the gall bladder problems and my GP suggested I now reduce the dosage which I have been doing for the last week I now take one on alternate days and I hope eventually to stop taking them altogether.  So far I have had no problems and hope it stays that way!

    Best wishes

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