Q. I spent years swallowing PPIs like omeprazole for reflux and Barrett’s esophagus. My gastroenterologist says the abnormal cells in my esophagus have now healed, so I decided to wean myself off the acid-suppressing drugs.
It was surprisingly easy using OTC Prelief, which reduces the acid in food. The active ingredient is calcium glycerophosphate. I experienced no side effects. Four months later I’m doing great.
A. Prelief takes the acid out of foods like coffee, juice, tomatoes and barbecue sauce. We’re fascinated that it worked so well to ease withdrawal symptoms from drugs like omeprazole.
Others might be inspired to wean themselves off omeprazole when they realize that PPIs have been linked to problems with artery flexibility. Getting off PPIs can be a challenge, so we are pleased to learn of your excellent experience. For more tips on how to discontinue these heartburn medicine without suffering horrible heartburn, we suggest our Guide to Digestive Disorders.