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2 hours ago, ummyasmin said:

It's a cure for acid reflux but there are some studies which suggest you may be susceptible to bile reflux instead. My surgeon has me on omeprazole for life because of that. But it cured my acid reflux.

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So far, I'm still having great results. It was my understanding that it is a cure for acid reflux as it does bypass the stomach. The only difference is that you can develop bile reflux. I haven't yet and definitely keep an eye on it and so far so good. It is one of my worries but I felt it was worth the risk because there were too many risks with a full bypass. Does Omeprazole help with bile reflux? Should I ever develop it, I'd rather just take that than have a revision. I thought one of the ways you could tell the difference between acid reflux and bile reflux is that bile reflux does not respond to PPI's or antacids like acid reflux does. Do you know if there is any truth to that?

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So far, I'm still having great results. It was my understanding that it is a cure for acid reflux as it does bypass the stomach. The only difference is that you can develop bile reflux. I haven't yet and definitely keep an eye on it and so far so good. It is one of my worries but I felt it was worth the risk because there were too many risks with a full bypass. Does Omeprazole help with bile reflux? Should I ever develop it, I'd rather just take that than have a revision. I thought one of the ways you could tell the difference between acid reflux and bile reflux is that bile reflux does not respond to PPI's or antacids like acid reflux does. Do you know if there is any truth to that?
Yes re: omeprazole for bile reflux. Might be worth talking to your surgeon about whether you should take it. I'm surprised he didn't put you on it.

My question that I haven't managed to have answered yet (bit too lazy to put some serious effort into finding out) is whether the delayed coating on the tablets or capsules is metabolised at the right speed given bypass can do funny things with medication. Like, if I'm taking it but it's not being absorbed properly then what's the point?

I do wonder though if I've had a little bit of bile reflux. When I had my lapband, I had awful acid reflux so I know exactly what that tastes and feels like. Haven't had it since. But a couple of times I had a funny metallic taste in my mouth that I wondered was it bile, so I took a Rennies and it did go away. It's only happened a couple of times though.

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Omeprazole (Prilosec) did not resolve bile reflux, which I developed 8 months after MGB and was confirmed via EGD endoscopy.

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Omeprazole (Prilosec) did not resolve bile reflux, which I developed 8 months after MGB and was confirmed via EGD endoscopy.
Did you have symptoms with the bile reflux?

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Ursodeoxycholic acid would be used to treat the symptoms of bile reflux, not PPI.
Hmmm interesting. I wonder why my surgeon wants me on omeprazole for life. I just assumed it was b/c of the potential bile reflux problem.

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Did he say that it's because of potential bile reflux?
To be honest I can't remember exactly why I'm on it. He talked fast and he was Belgian. But it's definitely there in the doctors notes he gave me for my GP (I took a copy).

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Did he say that it's because of potential bile reflux?
I don't mind being on it, hey, what's another pill right. Although the "for life" thing surprised me coz most peeps here only seem to be on it 6 months or so. I think I better email and ask.

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4 minutes ago, ummyasmin said:

I don't mind being on it, hey, what's another pill right.

Every drug has potential side effects. 🙁 I wish I could get finally off the PPI. Might give it another try.

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On 12/14/2018 at 3:54 AM, summerset said:

I had acid reflux and got an MGB - reflux got way better. Unfortunately not all RNY patients are free of reflux as well. Feels a bit like throwing a coin when you have reflux and have to decide for one surgery.

An MGB is comparable to a Billroth-II-Anastomosis. There are tons of studies on Billroth II surgery. General surgeons perform it since decades when it comes to ulcers (before anyone knew about HP) and cancer.

You're right BUT there isn't enough studies done on it's us for WLS. Therefore until the FDA says yup do that thang. It's still considered investigational therefore they won't cover it, so it turn, less people getting it. =\

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Every drug has potential side effects. [emoji853] I wish I could get finally off the PPI. Might give it another try.
True [emoji12]

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I'm tying to decide myself between full RNY or this MGB... I want the safest option with best results please
I think the only person who can advise you about that is your bari doc. Lots of factors to take into consideration incl. the expertise of the particular surgeon and your own health situation. Both have pros and cons.

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