I have been taking pantoprazole, aka Protonix for about 10 years. Pantoprazole is a PPI or proton pump inhibitor. It is widely used to treat GERD.
After taking a bit of a break, my partner and I have been trying to conceive again, and whilst researching the possible contraindications, I stumbled across lots of first hand accounts of people trying to get off PPIs. I was not happy to find out that it can cause bone loss issues if used long term nor was I happy to read that a lot of folk felt that their stomach issues actually had become worse for taking PPIs. I also learned that most people cannot simply stop taking a PPI without some pretty severe rebound acid issues, so I’ve decided to do a methodical step down over several months.This blog is to record my progress.
I saw my GP today and he switched my prescription from one 40mg tablet a day to one 20mg tab every 12 hours. This will be my first step. After allowing my body to adjust to that, I will then try taking one every 18 hours and so on in 6 hour movements till I am able to quit completely. I spoke to the pharmacist today and he said to allow at least 2 weeks at each step, but it may take longer as everyone is different.
A few years ago I tried to switch to one 20mg/day, but I had rebound issues so I had gone back to 40mg. I didn’t know about the acid rebound then, nor was I motivated to get off this drug, so this time I am better prepared.
I have also taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (the organic kind with the mother in it) in a glass of water shortly before I eat. I started this 2 days ago after reading loads of positive things about it’s helpfulness. It tastes a bit sour, but I don’t mind at all. It reminds me of unsweetened lemonade.
So that’s it for now. I will try and post my progress as often as possible along with what seems to be working or not working. I feel very lucky to have the support of my GP in this endeavour, as well as my best friend (who just happens to be a fantastic Certified Nurse Specialist and Educator). I also hope that my recording this might help the next person trying to kick the PPI habit.