It seems like every other person I meet is taking medication for acid reflux. Well, it just makes my blood boil. All most docs do is write a prescription without really getting to the underlying cause. The poor patient is stuck in this vicious cycle of always needing the meds. It’s a very common problem with people who have been on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for a long time.
PPIs are only supposed to be used for 8-12 weeks depending on the type you are on, and they are not meant for long-term use. What happens when you are on these meds is that your stomach stops producing hydrochloric acid. So when you suddenly stop taking the meds, your body goes into what is called a “rebound” reaction. This means your body realizes it can now make the hydrochloric acid (which by the way you need for healthy digestion!), and now it overproduces it. Ironically, most people who are prescribed PPIs in the first place actually have too little stomach acid, not too much! Hence, the vicious cycle.
To break the cycle you need to wean yourself off these types of meds while at the same time taking hydrochloric acid supplements with your meals. Trust me, it’s well worth it. You’ll be in control of your body, and no more co-pays!
To learn more, listen to the informative and eye-opening archived internet radio show Brenda’s Poop Scoop that aired Wednesday February 1oth, Acid Reflux: What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You.