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Has anyone come off or cut down Omaprazole, what’s your experiences.

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Itsnell Tue 30-Nov-21 19:59:24

Hello. Has anyone cut out or reduced omeprazole? Why did you come off or reduce them? How did you feel and how long did it take you? What do you take now for acid reflux.

I’ve been on 20 mg daily omaprazole for acid reflux and a hiatus hernia since mid 2019. The pandemic has meant I’ve continued to get repeat prescriptions and haven’t had a medication review with my GP during this time, however,
I’m thinking I should try to cut them down or cut out altogether as I’m getting all sorts of symptoms which could be side effects of long term use of omeprazole (PPI) use eg nausea and stomach cramps, my IBS is worse, leg cramps and restless legs twitches. I’ve read reports of the long term effects of PPIs and it’s concerning. Ok I know you need to weigh up the benefits of taking ppis against the non benefits.
Look forward to hearing your stories

Naninka Sun 12-Dec-21 10:05:44

I take nexium daily. I am also on warfarin for previous DVT, tramadol for osteoarthritis and flexofemo-something for allergies.

Should I be concerned?

My doctor is unaware that I'm on nexium.

icanhandthemback Sun 12-Dec-21 11:25:10

I would love to come off my double dose of Omeprazole but with a hiatus hernia, a flappy valve and oesophagitis I stand no chance. I have tried to reduce the dose and I am careful with my diet but I suffer so badly that I end up increasing the dose again.

MissAdventure Sun 12-Dec-21 11:28:47

Are any of you researching the long term effects of home remedies?

Shinamae Sun 12-Dec-21 11:42:18

It’s been over a week since I stopped taking the medication and I find I am sleeping better and my legs are not so achy. I am managing with just taking rennies but only every couple of days as the acid reflux does not seem too bad at the moment…(better not tempt providence!!)

Saetana Sun 12-Dec-21 23:36:19

I've been on it for years and never had any issues stopping periodically, depending on how my acid reflux is. It is not addictive in any way but by all means check with your GP - I have never had any side effects with Omeprazole and nor has my husband, just because it says on the leaflet that a medicine can cause side effects does not mean you are likely to suffer from them. My husband is on about a dozen different medicines and has never had a side effect in his life.

Saetana Mon 13-Dec-21 00:01:08

Okay so nobody has any actual EVIDENCE that taking Omeprazole long term causes side effects? or serious health issues?? I cannot do with people who want to stop taking a medicine that is helping them just because they have read a scare story on the internet (including in this thread!) - how about talking to your doctors before jumping to conclusions? We have all seen how much of this crap is going around regarding covid vaccinations - do NOT take advice from random people on social media, about pretty much anything serious facepalm!

Itsnell Mon 13-Dec-21 08:20:02

Wow last time I looked there were 3 pages and now it’s six!!! Thanks you for your experiences. I’m going out this morning and I’ll read all t your messages this afternoon and reply. I’m feeling much better - keeping to a low carb diet and taking probiotics and plenty of kefir
Thanks. I’ll be back this afternoon

Forestflame Mon 13-Dec-21 10:39:59

I am on Omeprazole, but like a PP, I only take it when I have to. I found that losing weight and changing what I eat has made a big difference. I hardly ever have to use it now.

Lovetopaint037 Sun 02-Jan-22 06:59:37

I take Omeprazole on the advice of my surgery as I am taking aspirin (75mg). I found that the indigestion I was experiencing has been eliminated since taking them. Now reading this I am becoming concerned.

Hetty58 Sun 02-Jan-22 07:39:33


'do NOT take advice from random people on social media'

Having read through this, I agree. I'm quite alarmed by the assumption that things must be 'harmless' simply because they're natural - or can be bought over the counter without a prescription.

There are many people with serious health conditions on here (who should consult their GP) - others with the odd spot of indigestion, saying 'Try this, it works for me!'

I find the 'normalising' of illness on GN a problem, too. It's generally seen as inevitable with old age - or just bad luck - when overwhelmingly it's caused by a bad diet and unhealthy lifestyle.

Bridgeit Sun 02-Jan-22 14:58:51

Saetena, my Dr took me off them, because of a supposed link with dementia.

Bridgeit Sun 02-Jan-22 15:07:25

I think there may well be a connection between memory lose & Omeprazole, my memory is definitely as sharp as it used to be since I have stopped taking them, …….. unfortunately nothing comes as close to controlling the symptoms of acid reflux as effectively as Omeprazole .If I am going out somewhere special to eat I take one for that occasion.