What vitamins can I take instead of omeprazole for GERD? They are horrible.
I was able to come off Omeprazole by using a couple of things daily, instead. I use aloe vera inner leaf juice 10ml, 3 times per day (start with once a day or even 5ml or it can cause diarrhea), & by taking slippery elm capsules before each meal.
The aloe vera reduces inflammation, & the slippery elm coats the lining of the digestive system with a protective mucus. Marshmallow is also something that can help, & worth considering.
I can only tell you what worked for me. I'm not an expert, but just someone who started investigating other alternatives & had success. I'd suggest researching.
The aloe vera must be inner leaf juice, as any other part of the plant can cause lots of diarrhea. With the inner leaf juice, gradually increasing the dose can save you any diarrhea.
Vitamins are not considered "medications" and in my experience most of them do nothing for my GERD. Most irritate and make my GERD symptoms worse! A PPI like omeprazole suppresses the acids in the stomach. Some people experience them as a "life-saver" and have no side-effects. Other people can't tolerate them at all. PPI's really were not helpful for me. I am using famotidine twice daily along with Gaviscon Advance. For many people an H2 antagonist like famotidine or Tagamet, works very well. The other thing to remember regarding GERD: lifestyle changes: certain trigger foods to avoid, smaller meals, etc. We are all very different and our bodies are very unique. So what works for one person can be a disaster for another! I would suggest you keep a diary to record the foods, medicines, vitamins, herbs, etc., you use and the symptoms that follow. This is all a process but I believe well worth it! Your gut, body and quality of living will appreciate it. Good luck!
I have been off omeprazole after taking it for 8 years. It caused many vitamin deficiencies and anemia. I have been taking aloe juice and trying to heal my gut. If I do get heartburn, I chew up 3 or 4 raw almonds--seems to do the trick. Also these things: chew food thoroughly, eat only as much in one meal that will fit into cupped hands, a probiotic daily, digestive enzymes before meals, stop eating 3 hours before bedtime, magnesium to strengthen lower esophegal sphincter muscle. Good luck!
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