How do i wean off prilosec?
I have been on 40mg once a day of prilosec for a year. I would like to wean off, but when i ask a doctor about it, they say its fine long term. I really think I'm having problems from it . Lots of anxiety/panic, that I've never had before. Would like to see if thats the cause. Would hate to start taking...
Asked by Son Schaubhut 6 months ago.
I have been on 40mg once a day of prilosec for a year. I would like to wean off, but when i ask a doctor about it, they say its fine long term. I really think I'm having problems from it . Lots of anxiety/panic, that I've never had before. Would like to see if thats the cause. Would hate to start taking more meds, if this is the culprit. I have tried to stop them cold turkey, and I just get worse acid reflux. I eat pretty healthy, but it doesn't seem to help. Does anybody know the way to wean off? lower dosage? every other day? please, any help would be appreciated. thank you Answered by Nohemi Darbeau 6 months ago.
Prilosec (omeprazole) is primarily a proton pump inhibitor that works on the acid secreting cells in your stomach by blocking the histamine-H2 receptors. When it blocks the H2 receptors (found in the STOMACH), those cells stop secreting acid so it is not refluxed back up your esophagus. There is a <1% chance of mental health problems associated with prilosec because although there are histamine-H2 receptor in the central nervous system, they are very few. Prilosec is safe to use long term because the receptors of the body that it works on are located primarily in the stomach. Therefore, if you are having severe anxiety problems, it is probably being caused by something else. It is important for you to speak to your doctor about these other issue. It is not necessary to wean off of prilosec because it is not addictive so you can stop any time. However, when you do stop, your symptoms will return because if the medication is not blocking the histamine-h2 receptors, they will continue to secrete the normal (which for you is excessive) amount of acid in the stomach. Sometimes, doctors think one way and may not respond to your questions. Make sure you tell him it is a real concern for you. Tell him that you did the research and that you know that anxiety is a side effect of prilosec however minimal it may be and you are concerned that you may be in that <1%. Hope this helps! Answered by Marcelino Brewster 6 months ago.
Is there much difference between Prilosec and Prevacid?
Asked by Sharen Connel 6 months ago.
Prilosec and Prevacid are both Hydrogen ion pump inhibitors. They are used for exactly the same reason and for the most part are interchangeable. (This was your question wasn't it?) Prilosec OTC or the Prilosec Rx product seem to be weaker than the effect of taking Prevacid. This will be important if you have severe gastritis. If that is the case, then 2 Prilosec per day will have an equal effect to one Prevacid 30 mg. Moderate gastritis you will not notice any difference. Even at two per day, the cost of the Prilosec OTC $29.00 /42 tabs is much better than the cost of Prevacid 30 mg $177.00/ 30 capsules. Both meds can cause diarrhea and that seems to be the main side effect but of all my patients, I have have only a few that needed to stop the medication due to this. Some things you can do to reduce gastritis if any apply: 1 Do not eat chocolates. Theophylline in the chocolate is a potent inducer of stomach acid. 2. Do not smoke. Nicotine is a potent inducer of stomach acid production. 3. Do not drink alcohol. ETOH is a potent inducer of stomach acid production. 4. Avoid caffeine drinks. Caffeine is a potent inducer of stomach acid production. Answered by Fae Dehaan 6 months ago.
Prevacid Vs Prilosec Answered by Carri Gittens 6 months ago.
This Site Might Help You. RE: Is there much difference between Prilosec and Prevacid? Answered by Melynda Matsuzaki 6 months ago.
Yes I took one and it made me really sick. There is a website that you can find out what people reactions are to different meds but that can be bad because it plays with your head. How bad is you acid reflux? I take pecid ac complete and I feel better in 10 mins, I swear by it I even had my dad try it and he was impressed on how quickly it worked because at one time he was on all the other stuff too. Goodluck hope you feel better it is not fun. Answered by Lanie Serafin 6 months ago.
From a medical point of view, no. There may be cost differences. The side effects are similar: abdominal pain, bloating, headaches Answered by Shayne Miyasaki 6 months ago.
Both inhibit acid production, like Nexium myself--works great! Answered by Dann Mudra 6 months ago.
No, they both will mess up your insides. Hugs not Drugs. and by the way, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Answered by Arletta Keate 6 months ago.
Is Prilosec good for stomach discomfort or heartburn?
I started on Plavix, and get this feeling like heartburn, maybe it's from it, but would Prilosec be good? I never tried it before, but saw commercials and stuff for it as being good for heartburn.
Asked by Anneliese Schlotzhauer 6 months ago.
Prilosec will reduce the acid production in your stomach, which will reduce heartburn. Heartburn is the feeling when acid escapes your stomach (acid reflux) and attacks your esophagus. If your stomach is less acidic, then whatever esapes your stomach won't hurt your esophagus. There is a problem, however. Over time, acid reflux can do enough damage that you start to bleed. This is what is called a bleeding ulcer. Plavix reduces your clotting ability, which could turn a small bleed into a big problem. In theory, the Prilosec is better than nothing, because it will reduce the damage. But if you're having problems with heartburn, you may need something stronger. Prilosec might make you feel better enough that you don't get help from your doctor while you are developing a serious bleed. If your stool becomes black and tarry, that is a sign of digested blood that suggests a serious bleeding ulcer, and you should call your doctor. Don't run to the hospital, but don't put off calling. You really, really should mention the heartburn to the doctor who prescribed the Plavix. In the meantime, Prilosec will help with the heartburn, but please don't let that stop you from talking to your doctor. Answered by Charleen Scyoc 6 months ago.
GERD may end up in harm to the esophagus, so that you possibly affliction from an ulcer for your esophagus. I could recommend to look if the indications persist for approximately an afternoon or 2, your GERD could also be performing up. If they do persist and don't leave, I could recommend going to a healthcare professional. If that's no longer an choice, I could simply hold taking Prilosec and Tums, and begin taking smaller foods. This must most of the time aid with calming Reflux ailment. Answered by Georgetta Paradowski 6 months ago.
GI upset and ulcers are an adverse reaction that can happen on Plavix. Talk to your doctor who prescribes it to see what he or she would want you to take for the discomfort. Prilosec is for acid reflux and heartburn. Answered by Rhoda Yon 6 months ago.
If you need something now, go to any store with a pharmacy, like CVS. (24-hour.) Talk to the pharmacist. They are so smart and helpful. Good luck. :) Answered by Columbus Bumbray 6 months ago.
What is the side-effects of prilosec?
Asked by Rana Fitchpatrick 6 months ago.
Prilosec is an antacid. This is one of the most destructive products on the market today. This product, like ALL antacids, stop the digestive process and create huge problems for the body. Acid Reflux is a term the drug companies have coined to put a label on a problem the is generating the 50 billion dollars a year to the drug companies. The way it is portrayed is a farce and the drug companies know it and are promoting a solution that is not a cure, but a perpetual drug solution that leads to many other problems and diseases. Once you understand what Acid Reflux or so called "acid indigestion" is, the solution is simple and can be cured forever. It is not complicated, but doctors, pharmacists, and drug companies are promoting Antacids as if this is a cure. It is not. There is a remedy, but you need some additional things that will solve the problem and create a cure for you. People are suffering for no reason at all. “Heart burn, acid in digestion, acid reflux” is caused: By the LACK OF STOMACH ACID. Over 40% of people over 50 are suffering from (in medical terms the condition) of hypochloridia. In simple terms this condition is due to the lack of stomach acid being in the stomach at the right time to digest food and kill bacteria in the stomach. As we age, we produce less and less stomach acid. By the time we are 70 to 80, we are only producing about 5% or less of what we did at 25 - 30. This lack of stomach acid is also due to the fact we are eating cooked foods, processed foods, as well as age. Our bodies were designed to eat raw, uncooked food. When we eat cooked and or processed foods we use up the stomach acid at a faster rate in addition to us producing less stomach acid as we age. When this lack of stomach acid condition exists, the food we eat does not get digested and LACTIC ACID is produced from the rotting, fermenting food. It is this Lactic acid that causes the so called Heartburn, not stomach acid! When anyone takes the advice of a health professional (I guess that’s why they are “practicing” medicine) or a drug company on this issue and take antacids, they are making the problem worse, not better. When the stomach pH is raised by the antacids, the higher pH glob of rotting food called chyme goes into the jejunum (top of the small intestine close to the stomach) where calcium, magnesium, and zinc are usually absorbed. But the calcium, magnesium, and zinc can only be absorbed when the food is acidic from the stomach. So, guess what happens? Right, the person becomes deficient in these minerals. The problems that antacids create are loved by drug companies because the constipation, diarrhea, cramps, and other diseases that come from the toxic, undigested, rotting food cause people to run out and buy more garbage drugs that create even more problems. It does not stop there. The fact that the rotting food is not acidic as it passes on through the intestines, the higher pH does not trigger the alkali to be secreted further down the intestines and other nutrients do not get absorbed! People are literally starving themselves of valuable nutrients. A direct result of this is the larger waste line people develop. This is probably the most blatant, shameful, example of what is happening to the American public from drug companies in our modern world. The solution is so simple and very inexpensive. The solution is to take a high quality, inexpensive, Betaine HCL after each meal and you will get NO heartburn because the food is being digested now. This process takes about 3 minutes to happen. If you also take an activator that contains nutrients like potassium, you will remethylate cells and extend your life expectancy! I also recommend a good digestive enzyme to be taken with each meal that provides the pancreatic enzymes typically lacking from overworked pancreas. I purchase several bottles of the Betaine HCL that will last me many months. In relatively small quantities my cost is less than $10 for about 90 capsules. Compare that cost with the drug company’s solution. The good thing is that it is not a chemical, but a nutrient that your body utilizes naturally. The home remedy is Pink Sea Salt. If you eat about ½ teaspoon per day, this will provide your body with nutrients to make more stomach acid naturally as nature intended. I strongly suggest you not go out and buy some pills of Betaine HCL because those pills contain magnesium stearate and other excipients that keep the product from working well. I purchase a dozen bottles at a time from: www.healthline.cc (not .com) (call them at: (310) 320 - 1123) because their products do not contain all the toxic tagalongs other pills do and you get the best results from them and I find them very reasonably priced. I personally take after each meal, 2 to 4 Betaine HCL and 1 to 2 activator after each meal, 1 digestive enzyme taken during each meal and I never, ever get acid indigestion problems. EVERYONE, yes everyone whom I have suggested this to has solved their problem immediately. You will be amazed at how effective this is and wonder why the drug companies, doctors, and pharmacies do NOT tell you about this. You will also be amazed at how well you are digesting your food, the energy you feel, and how well you eliminate. This is all because you will now be digesting your food and it won’t end up as a spare tire around your rib cage. Please, please try this instead of the Prilosec, Xantac, Nexium garbage. It really works. Good luck to you. Answered by Dewey Getler 6 months ago.
What side effects may occur? Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Prilosec. More common side effects may include: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, nausea, vomiting When taken with Biaxin, side effects may also include: Flu symptoms, nasal inflammation, sore throat, taste alteration, tongue discoloration When taken with amoxicillin and Biaxin, side effects may also include: Diarrhea, headache, taste alteration I am leaving you the link! Answered by Leighann Cordle 6 months ago.
Your husband would be wise to right now apply the discipline needed to start the diet plan set for people who suffer regular heartburn. He's going to have to apply to and stick with new positive eating and lifestyle changes; Prilosec only works to limits---the rest is on him. He'd be equally wise to consult w/ his doctor about any negative interactions when taking Prilosec and Chantix. Answered by Colette Heiting 6 months ago.
I'm not aware of anything other than diarrhea, but you should just go to WebMD.com and put it in the search line. That should give you all the information you need. Answered by Berry Karge 6 months ago.
Nausea & prilosec?
I have recently gone off of Nexium, for acid reflux, and have been trying prilosec. It seems like ever since then, i have been nauseas everyday. I don't know if this is possibly why?
Asked by Maricruz Schacherer 6 months ago.
Prilosec and Nexium are almost exactly the same thing. They're made by the same company, and their generic names, omeprazole, and esomeprazole, pretty much show how similar they are. The only difference with OTC prilosec is that it comes in tablets instead of capsules. Your best bet is probably to talk to your pharmacist if you wanted to try some other (less expensive) alternative to nexium or prilosec. Answered by Marshall Kaiser 6 months ago.
Can Prilosec OTC kill you ?
I need to take it for acid reflux I know long term use can damage kidneys or liver But can it kill you after one use for any reason ?
Asked by Nikia Segerson 6 months ago.
Prilosec is a very safe drug to take. I have taken 2 pills every day for many many years without any problems and will continue to take it. When I miss a dose, I start getting bad hearburn and to me the drug is a real Godsend. My doctors would never let me take it if there was any risk of it harming my liver and kidneys. I had a liver transplant 6 years ago from an autoimmune disease that destroyed my liver called primary biliary cirrhosis. My doctors will not let me take anything that will harm my new liver. I have taken Prilosec in all the years after my liver transplant and I had my liver biopsy done last year marking the 5 year anniversary date of my transplant. My new liver is perfect with no damage at all. I cannot believe anyone would think this drug could harm them after a single dose. I have taken it regularly twice a day for 7 years and my liver remains perfect. Answered by Jame Matulewicz 6 months ago.
Talk to your doctor about your diet, and other products that can be used long-term for acid reflux. Answered by Isaias Roher 6 months ago.
i am on my third day of prilosec, and somehow my gerd kicks in at night. it does in the day too. im not sure if even prilosec is not working for me... after prevacid, zantac, pepcid ac. it says it takes 1-4 days for effect. should i wait? will it work? i has too... this was my last resort for help of my gerd :/
Asked by Malika Sasao 6 months ago.
Hi: There are people who may experience medically refractory GERD despite proton-pump inhibitor therapy (such as with Prilosec/omeprazole). The best time to take Prilosec and other PPI's is about twenty minutes before breakfast. If an evening dose is needed, then also twenty minutes before dinner. Things that make heartburn worse include eating late, high fat content of food (makes the stomach empty slower than otherwise), and foods that can reduce the tome of the lower esophageal sphincter (alcohol, peppermints, pizza, ...). Your dose of Prilosec may also be the reason why you have not responded. If you are taking the Prilosec OTC (which is over-the-counter in US pharmacies), then each individual pill would contain 10 mg of omeprazole, and you may need as many as 4 pills per day. Another possibility is that depsite effective suppression of your stomach acid, you are still experiencing symptoms, and they may not necessarily be due to acid reflux. An ambulatory pH monitoring study could establish this objectively, and you would need to follow up with a gastroenterologist to discuss this test. People may take as long as 5 days to settle with the effectiveness of their PPI therapy. Therefore, it is still possible that you will feel better in a couple of days. If your symptoms do not improve, then you should discuss them with your doctor in order to assess the need for additional test such as an endoscopy and an ambulatory esophageal pH study as the next diagnostic steps. People who fail medical therapy of heartburn are usually offered the option of a surgical solution, namely a (laparoscopic) Nissen fundoplication. All the best. Answered by Madalene Baldor 6 months ago.
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What are the affects of extended use of Prilosec?
I have been taking Prilosec for many years now. Will this affect me physically over time? Will it cause impotence? Are there any reported problems with extended use?
Asked by Kaylee Filice 6 months ago.
Prilosec is NOT an anti-depressant. It is a PPI as someone else has stated, which is a Proton-Pump Inhibitor. PPI's reduce gastric acid from the stomach. There are no long term side effects but gastroenterologists are now finding that Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Syndrome may be linked to the long-term use of PPI. SIBO is the buildup of bacteria in the small intestine, rather than the large intestine - where it should likely be. If you are taking Prilosec long-term you might want to have an endoscopy to make sure that your esophagus, and small bowel are okay. If everything checks out then change your diet around a bit and try not to eat a couple hours before bedtime. Also, take Prilosec 1 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach. Answered by Leandra Suen 6 months ago.
Here is the study of the PPI's. Can cause osteoporosis. Therefore take a supplement for calcium. take care Answered by Tricia Nesspor 6 months ago.
Trouble breathing after taking Prilosec, normal?
I just took a Prilosec pill for my acid reflux problem and it seems the symptoms I was experiencing while having acid reflux are coming out again after taking this medicine...
Asked by Tajuana Goltz 6 months ago.
Prilosec works great for acid reflux, if you take it at the right time. I've found it's best to take right before bedtime. Prilosec works by shutting off some of the pumps in your stomach that produce acid. This helps stop heartburn, but the lack of acid will make it take longer for your stomach to digest food, so you'll feel full and bloated longer. By taking it at bedtime, the medicine is most potent when I'm asleep, and at a manageable amount by the time I eat meals the next day. It took months of trial and error and me thinking Prilosec wasn't working before I realized this. Hope this helps. Answered by Sherise Vallarta 6 months ago.
Does anyone have any eperience with Prilosec OTC?
Does it work well? Are there any side effects that you've experienced? Is it okay to take another acid reducer (tums) while you're waiting for it to kick in? Any info would be appriciated.
Asked by Krystal Mang 6 months ago.
Prilosec is good for now and then heartburn but not for the actual healing of GERD. If you have reflux then it is likely you do have GERD and by far and away Nexium is the drug of choice. It is much much better than Prilosec. If you have everyday problems see a Dr and ask about Nexium. Let's clarify something here so the facts are correct. Prilosec is for the treatment of patients with symptomatic GERD and no esophageal lesions is 20 mg daily for up to 4 weeks. Where as Nexium is indicated for the short-term treatment (4 to 8 weeks) in the healing and resolution of diagnostically confirmed erosive esophagitis. Key words are symptomatic (treating the symptoms only) and healing (curing the problem). Answered by Theda Repress 6 months ago.
Prilosec is good for frequent heartburns. OTC version is approved for 14 days trial. It usually starts showing results within 2-3 days. It should be taken first thing in the morning on empty stomach to be most effective. You can take tums or other antacids if you get heartburn before eating or once in while; otherwise, you shouldn't need it. Nexium is a little more potent than Prilosec, but works through same mechanism. If your heartburn is not going away after 14 days or gets worse, get medical attention because it could be more serious than just heartburn. Answered by Arie Kinsolving 6 months ago.
Prilosec and nexium can both treat GERD. You can probably use things like TUMS until it kicks in. The rub is that prilosec and nexium are not for short term relief. By their mechanisms, it takes a couple days to start working, and should be continually used for best results. Answered by Zachary Biastock 6 months ago.
Prilosec's kept me alive since it was experimental in 1983. Without it I'd have bled to death. Docs were still scared of the long-term possibilities in those days, so I eventually had to buy it in Mexico, where it is a lot cheaper, anyway. About once a year I trip down to the US border and pick up a supply to last me a year. I've had no ill effects, not one in all those years, and the positive side's demonstrated in the fact I'm alive to write this. The generic name, by the way, is Omeprazol. Lot's cheaper buying it that way. Answered by Douglass Heilbrun 6 months ago.
It didn't work for me. I had to switch to Nexium by perscription. A guy I know actually developed a breast tumor (benign) that hard to be removed. Answered by Mora Adames 6 months ago.