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Dr. Tri Huynh
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Omeprazole (Definition)

Omeprazole is the generic equivalent of prilosec, the first oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor ...Read more


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Besides acid reflux, are there side effects of stopping prilosec? Specifically related to bowel changes?

Besides acid reflux,  are there side effects of stopping prilosec? Specifically related to bowel changes?

Definitely: Will cause increase in acid production. So will get more reflux symptoms than you used to have. This is called a rebound effect after stopping the med. I would titrate it down slowly. To avoid too much of an issue. It will regulate over time. May cause some GI upset mild loose stools but no long term effects ...Read more

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Been taking prilosec for about a year for acid reflux. I was thinking about stopping and seeing whether it comes back or not. Is this a good/bad idea?

Been taking prilosec for about a year for acid reflux. I was thinking about stopping and seeing whether it comes back or not. Is this a good/bad idea?

Acid reflux.: Most people with acid reflux require long-term medication, but if you're doing exceptionally well, it may be worth a trial of stopping it to see how you do. I would follow anti-reflux precautions well, and use antacids such as Tums whenever you feel acid reflux. If your symptoms recur more than 3x per week, you probably need to be back on the medicine. I would discuss this with your G.I doc prior. ...Read more

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Could Prilosec cause changes in metabolism. I took prilosec for a few days and gained 3 pounds, I've decided to stop taking it. Will I still gain weig?

Could Prilosec cause changes in metabolism. I took prilosec for a few days and gained 3 pounds, I've decided to stop taking it. Will I still gain weig?

NO IT DOES NOT: Prilosec simply took care of what ever upsetting your stomach so you can eat better, you end up eating more, do not blame it on the pill, blame your appetite. if you want to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise, count your calories. ...Read more

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I've been taking 20 mg of celexa for 3 days at night and Prilosec in the morning. Am i trouble this soon or will i be good if i stop one of them now?

I've been taking 20 mg of celexa for 3 days at night and Prilosec in the morning. Am i trouble this soon or will i be good if i stop one of them now?

Need doctor's advice: Never alter the total dose, duration, frequency of daily use, nor start/stop a prescription drug without your doctor's advice. We don't know you or what's being treated here. Stop second guessing your doctor! address your question appropriately to your prescribing provider who not only knows your health history but also what medications are or are not needed for your problem(s). ...Read more

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Can i stop taking Prilosec after 7 days? Today is the fourth day of treatment and i don't have any symptom.

What R U treating?: If your goal of taking Prilosec was symptom relief, then the drug can be discontinued when no longer needed. However, if Prilosec was dispensed to therapeutically heal a damaged esophagus and stomach, then you are a long way from, but on your way to, cure based on symptom-response. ...Read more

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Endo showed many sessile polyps 3-6mm in size, been taking Prilosec yrs, should I stop ,how can I stop without bad flare? Please scared of this all!

Endo showed many sessile polyps 3-6mm in size, been taking Prilosec yrs, should I stop ,how can I  stop without bad flare? Please scared of this all!

Polyps: are not a reason to discontinue taking Prilosec. If polyps are found by colonoscopy are in the colon then hopefully one of the polyps was biopsied and found to be benign. If that is the case, then follow up colonoscopy should be done within the recommended follow up time. Prilosec should not affect polyps in the lower intestinal tract and if anything should be helpful for the upper GI tract. ...Read more

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How can I stop acid reflux without using Prilosec or anything similar?

How can I stop acid reflux without using Prilosec or anything similar?

Many choices of RX: Acid reflux is a chronic condition in most people. So it requires a change in lifestyle and medication to relieve symptoms. Your gastroenterologist can help you for the long term control. But there are many antacids of varying potencies and different costs which can stop the acid production like Pepcid or zantac or neutralize acid like with mylanta or gelusil. Avid aspirin/advil / coffee and alcoh. ...Read more

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If i stop taking my Prilosec will my gastrin levels return to normal permanently ?

No: I am going to assume you've been found to have an elevated gastrin level and this is causing you to make extra stomach acid. The Prilosec will help protect your stomach from the gastrin. This isn't a forum to evaluate a complete history, but if you have a gastrinoma, there are often additional ways to manage it though Prilosec is a good start. Stay proactive and good luck. ...Read more