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When I saw my surgeon for my pre-op appointment, he gave me (among other things) a prescription for Omeprazole (Prilosec). After surgery, I didn't think I was having any problems with acid reflux and I couldn't understand why he prescribed 180 capsules for me. At the rate of 2 per day, that's 90 day's supply! When I started to move into mushies, and later to soft foods, I experienced mild discomfort, the kind you get when you're testing the limits of the sleeve. I usually stopped eating before that discomfort turned to real pain. A few days ago, I started feeling like I was getting slight discomfort between meals from acid, so I began to take the Omeprazole, 1 at morning and 1 at night. Surprise! I no longer get that discomfort when I eat and I'm much more comfortable after a meal. This doesn't mean I can eat whatever I want as fast as I want, but it took the tentative feeling out of eating that I was feeling before. So, if my story sounds like yours and you have Omeprazole, you might want to try it, even if you think you don't need it.

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It is a great drug. For years I had very bad acid reflux, just a drink of Water would cause it. Laying down at night was horrible. Used to eat 20-50 Tums a day. Finally a Doctor prescribed Omeprazole (Prilosec). And I have never had reflux again. Be glad you got a 90 day supply, most only do a 30 day and that would cost 3 copays instead of one.

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Another thing about PPI's - my Dr only prescribes them for a few months. When I ran out I started noticing I had a gnawing feeling in my tummy often. Almost like hunger. Someone told me it was the acid so I asked for a refill. It went away.

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Prilosec saved my sanity--for the first 7 weeks post-op, I threw up EVERY DAY. Some nice folks on this board mentioned that I might need a PPI and I started over-the-counter Prilosec. It worked beautifully and helped me get through the next 3-1/2 months. What a relief!!! I stopped taking it at 5 months and have been just fine since.

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if it weren't for Omeprazole I'd have went off the deep end sanity-wise, and I'm still pre-op! Hopefully I'll be nipping this in the bud at the onset :)

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