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I have been on Prilosec (every other day when I first started, daily for the past year or two) for YEARS. Now that I am eating clean--and have read the Chris Kresser articles--I want to quit it as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

The articles I read were very informative, but I just wanted to see how this has worked on a more practical and specific level for others. I want to do it as much as possible with whole foods instead of supplements (for both financial and health reasons). Has anyone else had success quitting acid meds? It's nervewracking because my acid is pretty severe without them.

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Great for you for wanting to stop your medications! My mom was on Prilosec and managed to get off, but my one advice that I saw through her is GO VERY SLOW and keep a close eye on your symptoms.

This article is one that helped my mom to tapper off:

http://howtoquitprilosec.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-to-quit-prilosec-omeprazole-and.html?m=1

Best of luck :)

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I cold turkey'd prilosec a few months before starting W30 after taking it for about 4 years, and wow, that stuff is evil. Three pieces of advice:

1) keep antacids handy, you will need them near constantly for at least 3-4 weeks

2) eat small meals regularly to reduce acid, and absolutely eat when you first wake up, avoiding coffee if possible. I got nauseous multiple mornings when I waited too long just from the acid build-up

3) never go back. It causes your body to not absorb some essential vitamins, (D), and being reliant on a pill in general is just bad news, avoid it where you can.

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I have been taking Prilosec for several years. I thought since I was eating so healthy and have been for well over a month that I could stop it. I didn't take one on Wednesday morning. And I didn't take one on Thursday. But by Thursday afternoon I was burping, but nothing I couldn't handle. So I didn't take one on Friday. By Saturday I started again as I was really in misery. I don't know if this helps, but that is my story.

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Anyone who has been on proton pump inhibitors (prilosec) for a long time should look into getting their stomach acid levels checked and possibly being treated by a doctor/practitioner for low stomach acid. Low acid can cause a multitude of issues - you don't want to go there! I have to supplement with HCL every meal I eat but slowly my digestion is getting better and no more reflux.

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