I have been worried about being on Prilosec for over 10 years with all the bad things I hear about it. I wanted to try weaning off of it but was scared to death because my GERD has been so bad (waking in the middle of the night strangling on burning stomach acids) in spite of taking Prilosec every day, elevating bed, being careful with what I eat and when . . you know the drill! Anyway, I started taking the Prilosec every other day and Zantac on the alternates. Then I decided to try one more thing, I gave up drinking milk. This was a difficult decision because I am a confirmed milk LOVER but my Doctor had just done a bone density test and my calcium was high. So because of that I gave up the milk (always had a large glass with my dinner at around 4:30-5:00 pm). After a month I was able to stop the Prilosec entirely and now I only take a Zantac occasionally when I have eaten something late in the day that I am worried will cause an issue. After having had severe GERD for over 10 years, I cannot believe swearing off milk had this effect (and I've never been lactose intolerant to my knowledge, I have never had the symptoms I've heard come with that). I miss my glass of milk but getting a good nights sleep without waking in terror from the GERD is well worth it! Incidentally I read on a lot of forums about people gaining weight over time with Prilosec and not being able to lose. Well, here is a good side effect from stopping both the meds and the milk. I have lost 12 pounds without even hardly trying. Moral of the story: If you are a milk drinker, you might try what worked for me.View Thread
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