GERD (Acid Reflux) Community
Stopping Protonix cold turkey?
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Acid Reflux with topics including: Causes, Constipation, Diagnosis, Diarrhea, Drugs and OTC medications, Living with GERD, Loss of Appetite, Preventing Flare-ups, Risk Factors, Symptoms, Support, Surgery, Tests, Treatments.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Stopping Protonix cold turkey?

So, two years ago I went to see a GI doctor because I was having severe stomach pain.  He decided to do an endoscopy to see what was going on and discovered that I had GERD and eosinophilic esophagitis.  I was then put on Protonix, 40mg once a day, and scoped a year later.  

The scope last year revealed that I had Barrett's Esophagus as-well as eosinophilic esophagitis and also Schatzki Rings.  So, I was raised to 40mg twice a day on the Protonix.  I also made some major lifestyle changes by eating more raw vegetables, less meat, less dairy, and juicing.  

Last week, I had this years endoscopy and was surprised to learn that my esophagus and stomach had returned to normal.  The eosinophilic esophagitis had completely resolved and the rings were gone.  The biopsy for the Barrett's showed a very tiny bit left and they were kind of wishy washy about keeping the diagnosis.  So this is all great news.

So, for the last month, I've been having severe stomach pain and now my GI doctor thinks it is from the Protonix, which it probably is.  His solution is to take me off of the protonix completely.  He told me to go cold turkey off of it, but I am having such bad heartburn that I think I'm going to taper it.  Shouldn't it be tapered anyways since going off of that much PPI would cause your stomach to over produce acid?  Anyone have any ideas?
Related Discussions
2 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
620923_tn?1405964489
Hi...I agree with u..and wonder y, but ur dr did do testing on u....but I was always told to  step off meds like this.

Plus there r meds out there for when u have too little acid...pro biotics like align...but, just stopping the meds will have an affect on everything.

The heartburn u feel can be the too little acid too.....

"selma"
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I would like to know how it all turned out.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Gastro Tracker
Gastro
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
6530778_tn?1396763315
Blank
Irisbritney I enjoy helping others like... Comment
1 hr ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
keltan commented on Attention All Mouth B...
13 hrs ago
6530778_tn?1396763315
Blank
Depression *****
13 hrs ago by Irisbritney
Top Digestive Answerers
620923_tn?1405964489
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
168348_tn?1379360675
Blank
ChitChatNine
974371_tn?1364538460
Blank
Margot49
Central Valley, CA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
me_just34
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
jimgreg
piqua, OH
GERD (Acid Reflux) Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Digestive Answerers
620923_tn?1405964489
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
168348_tn?1379360675
Blank
ChitChatNine
974371_tn?1364538460
Blank
Margot49
Central Valley, CA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
me_just34
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
jimgreg
piqua, OH