For patients struggling with acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophogeal reflux disease), many doctors will prescribe PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors) or recommend over the counter medication such as Tums, Rolaids, Pepcid, or Zantac. However, the ingredients commonly found in PPIs can cause damage if they are used as long-term solutions to reflux. Learn more about exactly what’s inside PPIs:
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At Tampa Bay Reflux Center, we encourage all of our patients to take steps to wean themselves from PPIs and seek alternative treatment options like anti-reflux surgery, the only thing proven to effectively treat GERD long-term by correcting the LES and alleviating the symptoms of GERD. Here are some steps you can take when weaning yourself off a PPI, as well as what to expect from the process.