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I asked a pharmacist how do I get off the PPI, Zegerid, without rebounding. He told me that if one remains on a PPI for more than two months, they will usually have heartburn symptoms, a relapse of GERD/acid reflux when getting off the PPI.

He advises tapering off by getting PPI pills such as Prilosec which can be cut. Start by cutting the tablets in half and take half of a tablet every day for 2 weeks, then try half of a tablet every other day for at least 2 weeks. Also take famotidine (Pepcid) or ranitidine (Zantac) if needed on "off" days. You can also take Tums or Rolaids on an as needed basis throughout and after the tapering process. Tapering should take no less than 4 weeks and preferably 6 weeks.

I've been on Zegerid for 3 months for GERD/gastric ulcers and hopefully will be able to get off in July. I plan on stopping the Zegerid and follow his advice. Hopefully it will work.

Just passing on this info in hopes it will help someone else.

Annie :wave:
[QUOTE=annie42;4253268]I asked a pharmacist how do I get off the PPI, Zegerid, without rebounding. He told me that if one remains on a PPI for more than two months, they will usually have heartburn symptoms, a relapse of GERD/acid reflux when getting off the PPI.

He advises tapering off by getting PPI pills such as Prilosec which can be cut. Start by cutting the tablets in half and take half of a tablet every day for 2 weeks, then try half of a tablet every other day for at least 2 weeks. Also take famotidine (Pepcid) or ranitidine (Zantac) if needed on "off" days. You can also take Tums or Rolaids on an as needed basis throughout and after the tapering process. Tapering should take no less than 4 weeks and preferably 6 weeks.

I've been on Zegerid for 3 months for GERD/gastric ulcers and hopefully will be able to get off in July. I plan on stopping the Zegerid and follow his advice. Hopefully it will work.

Just passing on this info in hopes it will help someone else.

Annie :wave:[/QUOTE]

Thank you Annie for posting this. I wish I had had that information back in January when I stopped the Aciphex. I tried to taper off but my tapering off was nothing like this and I ended up experiencing pretty bad rebound for three entire months. This seems like a much better way to deal with the potential rebound effect. Rose
I wrote this in an above post,

"He advises tapering off by getting PPI pills such as Prilosec which can be cut. Start by cutting the tablets in half and take half of a tablet every day for 2 weeks, then try half of a tablet every other day for at least 2 weeks. Also take famotidine (Pepcid) or ranitidine (Zantac) if needed on "off" days. You can also take Tums or Rolaids on an as needed basis throughout and after the tapering process. Tapering should take no less than 4 weeks and preferably 6 weeks."

I don't know if this works or not as I still have several weeks before my next exam but it sounds reasonable to me. It's the system I plan on using to make a hopefully successful exit off PPIs.

There are many methods on this board and perhaps one will work for you.

Blessings, Annie





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