How do I wean myself off omeprazole?
Before the quit date: Taper down the dose.
For example, if someone is on 20 mg of omeprazole twice daily, I will reduce the dose to 20 mg a day for 10 days and then 20 mg every other day for 10 days before stopping..
Is it OK to stop taking omeprazole cold turkey?
Folks who have been taking PPIs for a period of six months might consider tapering down their dose instead of stopping cold turkey. However, you might be wondering how to properly taper down. Try to reduce your dose by 50% every week. Once you are on the lowest dose for one full week, you can try stopping your PPI.
How long does it take for omeprazole to get out of your system?
Omeprazole has an oral bioavailability of about 30 to 40% at doses of 20 to 40 mg. Plasma concentration peaks within 0.5 hours, and the drug is rapidly absorbed, generally within 0.5 to 3.5 hours. It clears from the plasma within 4 hours, and it is completely metabolized by the liver.
Can you just stop taking proton pump inhibitors?
Most of the time you do not need to rush to stop your PPI. Having a “stop strategy” and stopping gradually may increase your chance of success. Certain foods and lifestyle habits can make stomach symptoms worse.