'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

I'm going off the drug cold turkey and try to manage my acid reflux with diet and exercise etc

HI. Thank you for adding me to the group. After 4 years of being on prilosec I decided today that I'm going off the drug cold turkey and try to manage my acid reflux with diet and exercise etc. I'm pretty sure the drug gave me IBS also for I got it right when I started the PPI. I'm hopeful the IBS will go away. My sphincter muscle will never be cured but I hope with just the right lifestyle I can manage it. Is anyone out there trying to manage it without the drug? I'd love to hear how you are doing it.

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Jake Anthony
Years of stomach meds also made me worse. I found help in a few selet items, I'm having new thoughts as well. I'm torn up inside! If I lived and ate on my own I'd have a better chance of getting hold of it better. Good luck.

Jake Anthony
I too quit cold turkey, expect rebound, sorry that's just how it is.

Maria Dreater Lozada
Maybe I should skip a day and then two weeks later skip two days etc? I have to be super strick about everything I eat. And nothing after 8 pm.

Jake Anthony
I do nothing after 5, you can wean it will be gentler. most folks wean.

Maria Dreater Lozada
Why did we have to get this awful thing! no more pizza or balsamic vinegar, or salad dressings for that matter. Blueberries, strawberries, apples. I love fruit! :( why. :(

Jake Anthony
wish I knew, but it's a living hell.

Maria Dreater
Lozada Jake, wean it is. That is what I need.....any kind of advice or support. I want to make this work so badly.

Maria Dreater
Lozada Jake, were you premature by any chance ? I read that it attacks premature babies more so. idk

Jake Anthony
Sorry i did cold turkey... I was late so said my mother. she was a liar, i dont know if that's true or not.

Jake Anthony
having me and half sister 18 months apart, doesn't make medical sense that i would be late. she claims i was two week late. i weighed in over 8 lbs who knows.

Erica Samantha
I came off PPIs because I also got IBS from them. I take pepcid AC, eat clean and GERD friendly, take gaviscon as needed and Carafate as needed

Erica Samantha
I Weened over a few months

Maria Dreater
Lozada Erica Holtz-Smith - how did you ween....every other day then every 2nd day and so forth? How long did you do it for every other day before every 2 days etc....for about 2 weeks each?

Maria Dreater
Lozada Erica Holtz-Smith - is your IBS gone now?

Related post: Do any of you do weight lifting? With the acid reflux I have felt very down and find exercise helps me

Maria Dreater
Lozada Erica Holtz-Smith - is there anything new that you added to your diet like a probiotic etc?

Erica Samantha
My IBS stuck around until I added kefir supplements and digestive enzymes. I Weened off by going from a prescription PPI to an otc PPI for a few weeks then I used a pill cutter and cut the otc PPI in half for a month and then started on an h2 blocker pepcid and supplemented with gaviscon

Erica Samantha
I also use the LOWFODMAPS diet ( excluding non GERD friendly foods) to help with my IBS

Maria Dreater
Lozada and you are on nothing now?

Maria Dreater
Lozada How did you know to do that? Was a doctor, dietician or pharmacist helping you?

Erica Samantha
I take pepcid Ac still otc

Maria Dreater
Lozada Do you take it everyday or as needed?

Erica Samantha
No I read a lot online and asked other people. My dr told me to just switch from a prescription PPI to otc pepcid but i knew better. Typically I take 20 mg pepcid twice a day. I'm in a flare up so I've added 20 mg before lunch because my morning dose wore off by the afternoon. Max dose is 80 mg so I'm still under it.

Maria Dreater
Lozada Erica, I've been looking at the low histamine food diet as well.

Erica Samantha
My IBS is much better now. Hopefully it lasts

Maria Dreater
Lozada this is my first day and I'm overwhelmed already. I was just going to take the prilosec every other day etc until I didn't take it at all. But if I feel a flare up then what? My dr. said if it flared up to take the PPI because it works better. I was hoping he's say an otc drug when I asked him that question.

Maria Dreater
Lozada It's awful having IBS AND Acid reflux. You can eat - nothing. And you are always tired. So, having the IBS is my incentive to get off of the pills along with the side effects the pills bring. Do otc acid reflux meds have side effects? (not as much as PPI I guess).

Maria Dreater
Lozada I wish I could hire a personal chef

Erica Samantha H2 blockers are better long term than ppis ( Zantac, pepcid, are h2 blockers) order this it helped my IBS
Kefiran - 60 Veggie Capsules https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JLKY5JW/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_F9TRvbCDHHRMB

Erica Samantha
I grill and smoke most my food for flavor

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