Q. Your column helped me finally get off Prevacid. All my previous attempts failed until I learned to eat almonds to stop the indigestion. Now that I have eliminated the drug I am hopeful my risk of bone fracture will disappear. Are there other ways to stop indigestion?
A. The connection between acid-suppressing drugs and broken bones remains controversial. Some studies suggest that there is a modest increase in the risk of fracture (Archives of Internal Medicine, May 10, 2010) while others do not (Osteoporosis International, online June 29, 2010).
As you learned, it can be difficult to stop powerful acid-suppressing drugs such as Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec or Protonix. Rebound acidity can be extremely distressing for weeks or months.
There are other approaches for heartburn including ginger, papaya or a low-carb diet. We are sending you our newest book, Favorite Foods From The People’s Pharmacy, with natural ways to treat many common conditions, including heartburn. It is available online at www.peoplespharmacy.com.
Another reader offered a different success story:
“For years I tried to get off Prilosec, but each time after only a day or two, my acid reflux returned badly. My doctor couldn’t advise anything better, so I kept taking it.
“Then online research suggested apple cider vinegar. I started taking an ounce in water. It’s been 70 days so far without Prilosec, and I’ve had no acid reflux. (I need an occasional Tums, but not many.) As a side effect, it is helping me lose weight.”