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Hi FlyerFan, I've also been on PPI's (or their earlier relatives) for about 20 years, with some time off in between here and there. After learning that PPI's cause further damage to the intestines by preventing stomach acids (which digest food), I knew I needed to get off PPI's. I've had irritable bowel syndrom since FOREVER, so these pills are NOT a good idea to continue. Well, the last year, I've been having 'attacks' which I think are gall/liver related (which also play important role in digestion). Waking up in the night with pain in the upper abdomen and/or nausea, which leads to vomiting and passing out! That's really the last straw for me, passing out on cold hard tiles in the middle of the night. So, this week, after my last vomiting/fainting incident, I decided to just do it! I've stopped taking the PPI, and the daily prescription allergy med (for hives), and also a non-steroidal lung inhaler. But my fear is on the ACID. I'm trying to do a light version of alkaline diet (on VERY limited money), so I'm drinking buttermilk (disgusting), taking licorice DGL (way too many), and eating avocado and steamed carrots for dinner. The first 2 days went amazingly well, but it's not so great anymore. It's not like CRIPPLING acid, but it's constant. I'm hoping that it will adjust... I really CAN'T get back on these evil drugs... they releave one symptom but cause other illnesses, and that's just not ok with me. If you find something that works, please let me know, and I'll do the same. Good luck and God's Grace.
[QUOTE=stienster;4793058]Hi FlyerFan, I've also been on PPI's (or their earlier relatives) for about 20 years, with some time off in between here and there. After learning that PPI's cause further damage to the intestines by preventing stomach acids (which digest food), I knew I needed to get off PPI's. I've had irritable bowel syndrom since FOREVER, so these pills are NOT a good idea to continue. Well, the last year, I've been having 'attacks' which I think are gall/liver related (which also play important role in digestion). Waking up in the night with pain in the upper abdomen and/or nausea, which leads to vomiting and passing out! That's really the last straw for me, passing out on cold hard tiles in the middle of the night. So, this week, after my last vomiting/fainting incident, I decided to just do it! I've stopped taking the PPI, and the daily prescription allergy med (for hives), and also a non-steroidal lung inhaler. But my fear is on the ACID. I'm trying to do a light version of alkaline diet (on VERY limited money), so I'm drinking buttermilk (disgusting), taking licorice DGL (way too many), and eating avocado and steamed carrots for dinner. The first 2 days went amazingly well, but it's not so great anymore. It's not like CRIPPLING acid, but it's constant. I'm hoping that it will adjust... I really CAN'T get back on these evil drugs... they releave one symptom but cause other illnesses, and that's just not ok with me. If you find something that works, please let me know, and I'll do the same. Good luck and God's Grace.[/QUOTE]

Hi and thanks for your post. Well, I took the Aciphex for 2 days this past weekend and I couldn't stand the anxiety I was getting from knowing this is not right for me. I have adjusted my diet also eating more alkaline producing foods and I have been taking DGL and digestive enzymes (2 each meal). Yesterday, I took a Pepcid in the morning but needed nothing the rest of the day except a few DGL. Today, I took nothing and have only needed DGL a few times. I felt a little burn, but not like I have been feeling the past couple weeks (which really wasn't that bad). I'm trying to relax a bit which is easier said than done. So, I don't know if it's the alkaline diet or the enzymes or what but I hope I continue on this road. My diet consists of lots of veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds and a little turkey and fish. I'm also gluten free for the most part and stay away from sugar and any processed foods.

Good luck with staying off the PPI's. It's not easy and it seems, for me at least, that it's going to be a lifelong battle. If I can get by with Pepcid here or there, I'll be OK.





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