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I have been on prevacid for 5 months now the precripton 15 works fine the over the counter seems to cause me metallic mouth and some stomach discomfort now, could you tell me how I can wean off this medicine or what I can do to be me again, I am thinking the medicine is causing me more issues than the issue... could I do something natural or what should work instead of how this is making me feel.. thank you

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Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
I will suggest you switch to Cap. Omeprazole 20 mg, once daily before breakfast. It is much better tolerated than Lansoprazole ( Prevacid ) and does not have any side effects.
What are your current symptoms? Did the acid reflux redice after taking Prevacid?
Do reply as a follow up,

Patient replied :

I have gotten better but feel like there is always A side effect from this I wanted to wean off and take bio hpf and all natural things but not sure to do so I feel taking this products long term is not healthy got to be a better way you would think I don't want c difficile or broken bones

Thank you for the follow up.
You can safely switch over to Cap. Omeprazole, as i said earlier. It won't cause any side effects and is much better tolerated.
Bio HPF is supposed to be helpful in alleviating the symptoms however i will suggest you try Cap. Omeprazole first. It won't cause any side effects like broken bones as you are worried about.

Patient replied :

OK thank you i took bio hpf A ways back and it worked so well Am hoping to feel that good agsin one day One good thing prevacid did was keep allergies away Will that too

If Bio hpf worked well for you, then you can continue taking that becuase it is good for both acidic reflux and peptic ulcers.
Can you elaborate on what kind of allergies you are referring too?

Patient replied :

Ok Nose and ears itch and ears peel and burn And just get run Down also bio hpf it has bismuth in it Do you think it's a small amount I heard you can't stay on it long term? It works so well hopefully it's best since it's so good and no side effects ok

For your nasal and ear itching neither Omeprazole nor Lansoprazole is helpful.
You need anti-histaminics like Levocetrizine/Claritin to relieve that.
Bio HPF is made up of natural ingredients and can't cause any serious harm. Bismuth is the main component, which helps in alleviating the symptoms of peptic ulcer, and reduces pain and bleeding by coating the surface of ulcers.
There are lots of studies going on about its efficacy and whether it can be taken regularly, but conclusive results are yet to be established. However based on evidence, mostly it has encouraging reviews and seems to work well. Also seeing the composition, it really can't cause any long term side effects.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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