Acid Reducers

We need to start on an acid reducer once we are discharged from the hospital. Omeprazole is just a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Any proton pump inhibitor will work just fine. They work by decreasing the amount of stomach acid the little cells or glands are producing in the lining of the stomach. PPI’s help to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Sometimes we must try several to see which brand is formulated to help you best. Dr. Ortiz recommends for the first four months after surgery that you take 40mg in the morning OR take 20mg in the morning and another 20mg in the evening.

Proton Pump Inhibitors You May Try
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec, Prilosec OTC)
  • Lansoprazole (Previcid, Previcd 24 hour)
  • Dexlansoprazole (Dexilent,Kapidex)
  • Rabeprazole (Acipex)
  • Pantoprazole (Protonix)
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium and Zegaris, which is a rapid release form of Omeprazole.

It is very important to take these medications as directed by the doctor, for 4 to 6 months.

The stomach acid is corrosive and can damage the body’s natural mucous barrier that protects the lining of the stomach from being worn away.

Too much stomach acid can damage the lining of the stomach and this class of medications is used to protect the lining of the stomach to prevent us from developing any ulcers and inflammation in the esophagus.

When we experience inflammation in the esophagus it can be very painful to swallow liquids or foods.

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