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7/29/19 7:28 P

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I know this is old but wanted to pitch in. Have had stage 3 GERD for the last year now and other health problems. I have to specialists and a surgeon I see for them and was very concerned about the dosage they gave me. I have taken 2 Nexium a day and a zantac at night the last 6 months with many reservations per Dr orders from all sides. They state it's safe but want to eventually wean me down. I had an esophageal widening 8 months ago and it did eventually help. They found stomach ulcers, a hernia and inflammation but again said to just lose weight. I do my own research and try to eat high alkaline foods. Trying DGL and apple cider vinegar supplements. They want me to have a metal ring put in my stomach to stop further damage and scoff natural supplements but still trying.

5/21/19 5:23 P

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I have been on Previcid for years. I finally kicked the habit. It wasn't easy.

Chew gum.

Drink apple cider vinegar drink with honey and such. It does help. The first three weeks are the hardest to get through. I made it. What a difference. My joints don't hurt as much and I have to say I can walk easier. I still do have acid reflux, but I manage by chewing gum. I also take Gaviscon when nothing else works. I refuse to go back on Previcid.

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4/16/19 11:41 P

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I don't like taking acid reducers, but my reflux was getting so bad, I had to get back on my Zantac. I had weaned myself down from 300mg twice a day to 75mg as needed, so I didn't get a prescription. I bought the 150mg pills at WalMart for under $12, then cut them in half.

I've been doing this for a few weeks now, but I worry because I know you're not supposed to take it over 2 weeks at a time. It is helping though. My cough is getting better, but I still cough when I eat or drink certain things. I'm not as hoarse as I was.

I've been drinking green tea instead of my regular black tea, and it seems to be helping. I only drink two cups in the morning. I'm also back taking my vitamins as recommended by a study I posted about on here. I feel like my esophagus is healing.

What do you do about not taking the pills for more than two weeks? I don't want to get dependent on them, nor do I want my osteoporosis to get any worse. I take digestive enzymes so my food will get digested well and absorbed, plus I take calcium/magnesium/zinc and D3 at night right before I go to sleep. My doctor said last week that she found osteopenia in my foot on x-rays, and that can be reversed, but I've already been diagnosed years ago with mild osteoporosis, so I'm very cautious. I've broken a few bones, and don't want to break any more.

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