Success with Omeprazole!
I did it! I managed to get myself off Omeprazole! WOO!
For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s the generic name of the drug Prilosec which is used for really bad heartburn. I’m not talking about the normal heartburn you get every once in a while when you get junk (or just food that doesn’t agree with your body). I’m talking about nearly uncontrollable heartburn that visits you every day (or close to it) and revels in your pain.
The doctor told me the side effects of the drug but I didn’t have much choice at the time because nothing else was working and I was beginning to mix antacids in “large” doses. What my doctor didn’t tell me was that when I tried to stop using it after long-term use, I would instantly get seriously nasty heartburn every day for awhile.
After several failed attempts to rid myself of my drug crutch, I finally managed it! It took about 2 weeks of a diet of miso soup, fish, rice, oatmeal, grapes, tea, smoothies, and TUMS. The amount of TUMS in the beginning was over the recommended daily dosage but I was able to scale down each day.
It’s been about 3 weeks or so and TUMS still goes with me everywhere I go because nearly every time I eat I get heartburn but it’s only 1 tablet of the ultra strength and I’m right as rain.
Considering my heartburn started because of a physical deficiency (I don’t have a working sphincter where my stomach meets my esophagus), I’ll probably never be without TUMS, but at least it’s only 1 tablet after most meals/snacks. Could be worse. Much worse.
Mornings are pretty easy. It’s the afternoons/evenings when the TUMS comes into play.
I’m just glad to be off the Omeprazole. Yay! Success!
What’s your go-to antacid?