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Author Topic: Omeprazole Success?  (Read 1409 times)

Bobidy

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Omeprazole Success?
« on: December 28, 2019, 09:34:58 AM »

Hi

Apologies, I'm still banging on about acid reflux!

I've tried diet, wedge pillow, basically everything I can do to help myself which sometimes works sometimes doesn't. I'm struggling with sleep, can't do full yoga moves and sick of the acidy feeling.

I've been on Ranitidine for a couple of weeks which are doing absolutely nothing!

I'm going to succumb to PPIS but I'm concerned about long term use and risk of osteoporosis, malabsorption of calcium B12 and magnesium etc. I'm already borderline osteopenia and have suffered in the past with low B12.

For those of you on the damned PPIS do you take supplements? I take D3, Omega 3 and B complex. Do you know if PPIS stop you absorbing the supplements? I can't find any info about it online.

Thanks x
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CLKD

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Re: Omeprazole Success?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2019, 09:42:28 AM »

Nope and nope.

For short-term use this medication is good.  Some have to take it for ages++.

I used 'rennies' successfully for years.  However, I developed an irritating clearing-throat issue which DH told me was liking 'living in a TB Hospital' !  So I went to my GP in October who sent me for a chest X-ray - clear - and prescribed Omeprazole.  Twice a day.  The cough cleared within 3 weeks.  Reflux went in 3 days.

I think that getting symptoms under control is important then review?  It never crossed my mind about absorption.  I am already on several medications to keep me upright  ;)

Next month I drop to 1 in the evening.  Wait and Watch?
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Birdy

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Re: Omeprazole Success?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2019, 03:20:29 PM »

Have you looked into using bicarbonate of soda in water?

Look into ionic boron for osteoporosis, and magnesium.
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CLKD

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Re: Omeprazole Success?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2020, 04:04:25 PM »

I stopped the morning capsule and within 2.5 days the irritating cough was back.  So now take what was initially prescribed: 1 at night, 1 at breakfast.
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Avalon

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Re: Omeprazole Success?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2020, 08:01:07 AM »

Hi Bobidy,

I refused to take PPI's.
I tried Ranitidine but it was recalled.
So before bed I take half a teaspoon of bicarb.
Then I add a tablespoon of Gaviscon Advance liquid.
It burns the throat , so I wash it down with a couple of mouthfuls of water.
If I have reflux trouble at other times, Slipery elm powder is soothing, as is licorice tea or chamomile.
I need caffeine to function, so the tip of a teaspoon dose of bicarb in coffee helps cut the acidity.
Can't handle tomato based dishes.
I think my reflux has probably been lifelong. It seems there is a link with asthma. My gums have definitely suffered erosion :(
Hope you get some relief!
« Last Edit: February 14, 2020, 09:40:49 PM by Avalon »
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Taz2

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Re: Omeprazole Success?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2020, 10:20:47 AM »

I am on Omeprazole 20mg and have been for the past year due to a hiatus hernia. Some of you may remember that I posted about my reluctance to start them, mainly being scared of the side effects, but it has changed my life in that I no longer get any feelings of heartburn or reflux. It's so lovely not to be woken up in the night choking on stomach acid and feeling so nauseous. I don't take any supplements and haven't had any blood tests as yet to check for levels of B12 as my GP didn't think it necessary but I'll ask again in a few months as it does seem to be important?

One thing which I think is extremely important is to have the reasons for reflux checked out so you know why you are experiencing it. Although the idea of gastroscopy isn't pleasant it can show whether the problem is caused by something like a hiatus hernia or something more serious. By the time I was brave enough to have the tests my oesophagus was very ulcerated which can lead to the development of cancer. I would obviously prefer not to take anything but having lost two friends to oesophageal cancer and two more going through treatment for it at the moment I feel it's better for me. I'd also say that for those who are worried by the idea of a gastroscopy opt for sedation - the first one I didn't and got through that ok. The second one we had to stop as it was too uncomfortable so the next time I asked for sedation and it was so easy.

Taz x

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Kathleen

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Re: Omeprazole Success?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2020, 12:57:10 PM »

Hello ladies.

I don't have any experience to share but I thought that I would mention the possible role of diet in acid reflux.
I think Dr Greger's site NutritionFacts.Org has some information on it. I think the view is that fatty animal products are difficult to digest because they stay in the stomach for a long time and this puts pressure on the valve at the top of the stomach.  This information may not be relevant to many of you but I thought it was worth a mention.

Wishing you all well.

K.
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CLKD

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2020, 02:08:46 PM »

Hi Taz I think of you every time I swallow my capsules  :D which have a strange odour.

Gums and tooth enamel can be affected by constant vomiting i.e. if someone suffers bulimia.  I have in the past had reflux into my mouth with excess saliva which is awful, I have had to sit up most of the night.  Now I am taking medication regularly, that has gone away.

Paternal Gran swore by bicarb for many things including burns.  Why is Gaviscon Advance burning the throat though Avalon  :-\ surely that defeats the point?  'rennies' were enough until I had that irritating daily cough and clearing of throat which is why I went to the GP.  Chest X-ray clear.

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Avalon

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2020, 03:21:48 PM »

It's the aniseed flavour in the Gaviscon that burns, CKLD.
I wish they left it out because it's a good product.
Other schools of thought on GERD are acidic foods being the culprit or high fibre foods which ferment in the gut. I find lamb bothersome.Peppermint,caffeine, alcohol and chocolate and progesterone all losen the lower oesophageal sphincter.
Endoscopies cost over $500 here.
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CLKD

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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2020, 05:48:33 PM »

I didn't swallow my Omeparzole last night and the irritating cough is back. 

No reflux though.  No waking in the early hours thinking symptoms might be a heart attack  ::).  I did try to drop it to 1 capsule in the morning but it wasn't any help.

I never had problems with aniseed balls ;-).  Unless I breath in, sharply  :o.  I don't like lamb to eat.  Not keen on peppermint though was given peppermint tea for heart burn after surgery when the gut was empty.  Don't drink alcohol: Coke and black tea regularly every day.  Chocolate, it would take a Brave Man to separate me from a bar  ;)

How's you been Avalon?
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Avalon

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Re: Omeprazole Success?
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2020, 10:05:24 PM »

Have been not too bad reflux wise CLKD, thanks. (Got your name right!  ;))
Although yesterday was bad and my dicky knee was troublesome with it as usual.
 ??? I'm thinking they must be connected somehow on the body's meridian.
Have had some long term stressful stuff to deal with. A ptsd event.
Stress takes it's toll.
I find wholegrains and chocolate are definitely bothersome, so my chocolate in take has been whittled down to an evening mug of ovaltine with my youngest son.
After dinner we watch QI together and have a giggle.
I tried raising my bed base a bit but the mattress is not doing well
without the centre supports.
Coke is a double whammy with acidity and gas. I think it's revolting.
Plus, the company steals our best water while communities run dry.
Peppermint reminds me of morning sickness. I got some lemon/lime chewing gum.
Stimulating your saliva is meant to help with heartburn.
I wonder no one has developed chocolate flavoured gum!


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CLKD

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Re: Omeprazole Success?
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2020, 09:59:13 AM »

Morning!  10.00 a.m. here

Chewing gums gives I wind  ;D
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Avalon

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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2020, 10:03:44 AM »

8pm here.
Haha. I popped off all day. Had to keep ducking to the toilet with mini poops.
My body felt 80 today. Had a cold bath and now it's ovaltine time.
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CLKD

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2020, 10:12:25 AM »

Ovaltine  :sick02:  ;D

My Mum - now 93 - was a Member of the Ovaltiney Club of Gt Britain  ;)
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2020, 01:22:02 PM »

It's malt I think ?

Can't stand it but in the War it was probably welcome as a change.
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