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Catsmeow, this is amazing news. I am so happy for you! I am wondering if this works with seasonal allergies as well given that many of them would be considered 'airborne'? Also, my husband is going through an episode of IBS...can't stay out of the potty. I don't think he has Celiac but I do wonder if he is reacting to some type of food intolerance. I am wondering if taking an antihistamine and the zantac together might give him some relief???? Thanks to everyone for the great information.

I was just wondering this myself, for my son.

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I was just wondering this myself, for my son.

I plan to have him try it. At this point, I believe he's willing to try anything :blink:

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I've found this discussion very interesting!

I recently went to my allergist and requested food allergy testing because I got a shortness of breath when walking through the bakery section of the grocery store.

He did the testing, and I didn't react to any foods.

He explained that there are allergies to foods that they just don't have good tests for. It turns out I don't need an epipen, but I still get that reaction in the grocery store.

I get allergy shots for a lot of airborn allergies. He never mentioned taking Zantac..or that there were different types of histamine blockers.

I'm taking an acid blocking RX, but have seen that a lot of Celiacs actually have low acid..not high. I'm considering an experiment where I stop the RX and replace it with Zantac to see if I see any benefits.

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Since writing this post, I have some more results to share. I've learned they do help with my fragrance allergies, and also help with gluten CC.

I accidently ingested wheat for around 10 days recently when I bought my usual shampoo and found that the formula was changed and wheat was added to the ingredients list. I was feeling crummy the whole time and had formed itchy sores on my head, but since I didn't go into anaphylactic shock, and I didn't react to it airborne, I did not realize it was present until my daughter pointed it out. I know for sure that it was getting in my mouth when I shampood, because I have a problem with not closing my mouth, and I can always taste the shampoo when I am washing my hair. If it were not for the zantac, I am sure I would have been using my epi-pen the very first time using the wheaty shampoo.

I've also noticed that if I forget to take a Zantac, my airborne fragrance allergy is worse. So, I've concluded that it is helping with all my allergies and taking the severity of them way down in scale. I highly recommend giving this wonder drug a try. I am very happy with the results.

The only thing I don't like about the zantac, is that I can no longer smell a food or product to see if it has wheat in it...LOL. I use to read ingredients AND do the sniff test. Now all I have is the ingredients list to rely on. However, I prefer life as I know it today...it's wonderful not to react all day everyday from every molecule of wheat in the air, to include someones breath when they speak to me after eating wheat....ugh!!! How weird is that?????

Life is good.

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I've found this discussion very interesting!

I recently went to my allergist and requested food allergy testing because I got a shortness of breath when walking through the bakery section of the grocery store.

He did the testing, and I didn't react to any foods.

He explained that there are allergies to foods that they just don't have good tests for. It turns out I don't need an epipen, but I still get that reaction in the grocery store.

I get allergy shots for a lot of airborn allergies. He never mentioned taking Zantac..or that there were different types of histamine blockers.

I'm taking an acid blocking RX, but have seen that a lot of Celiacs actually have low acid..not high. I'm considering an experiment where I stop the RX and replace it with Zantac to see if I see any benefits.

I had never heard of different types of histamines either. It was a real eye opener. It sure sounds like you would benefit from a little Zantac. Wouldn't hurt to give it a try. The dose my doc prescribed was 150 mg, twice daily. It lasts 12 hours, that's why the dose is twice daily.

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Thanks for the dosage info!

I'm going to a new PCP on Monday. I'm going to ask what he thinks about a trial of stopping the Protonix and starting Zantac.

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Since writing this post, I have some more results to share. I've learned they do help with my fragrance allergies, and also help with gluten CC.

I accidently ingested wheat for around 10 days recently when I bought my usual shampoo and found that the formula was changed and wheat was added to the ingredients list. I was feeling crummy the whole time and had formed itchy sores on my head, but since I didn't go into anaphylactic shock, and I didn't react to it airborne, I did not realize it was present until my daughter pointed it out. I know for sure that it was getting in my mouth when I shampood, because I have a problem with not closing my mouth, and I can always taste the shampoo when I am washing my hair. If it were not for the zantac, I am sure I would have been using my epi-pen the very first time using the wheaty shampoo.

I've also noticed that if I forget to take a Zantac, my airborne fragrance allergy is worse. So, I've concluded that it is helping with all my allergies and taking the severity of them way down in scale. I highly recommend giving this wonder drug a try. I am very happy with the results.

The only thing I don't like about the zantac, is that I can no longer smell a food or product to see if it has wheat in it...LOL. I use to read ingredients AND do the sniff test. Now all I have is the ingredients list to rely on. However, I prefer life as I know it today...it's wonderful not to react all day everyday from every molecule of wheat in the air, to include someones breath when they speak to me after eating wheat....ugh!!! How weird is that?????

Life is good.

Again this is great news. I really got hit with perfume on the bus News Years Eve.

And since Christmas have been hit with CC so much that I thought about Zantac a lot. Can't wait for the doc appt.

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catsmeow, I noticed the change in pic but didn't realize until you mentioned it.

I love cats too. Just lost my CH baby about 3 weeks ago. :( His name was Sora.

I still have one but I am thinking she may have a wheat/gluten intolerance. I need to change the food anyway but I am very poor right now.

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So sorry to hear that you lost your kitty.

As for your other one, It would be nice fo him and you to feed him gluten-free. I just wish there were a cheap one out there. I am poor right now too, and I am paying way to much for the fance gluten-free catfood. It's $38 for a 20 lb bag!!!!!!!!! It's called "Indigo Moon"

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Again this is great news. I really got hit with perfume on the bus News Years Eve.

And since Christmas have been hit with CC so much that I thought about Zantac a lot. Can't wait for the doc appt.

UGH..perfume..it should be outlawed!!! Let me know how your appt. goes.

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Thanks for the dosage info!

I'm going to a new PCP on Monday. I'm going to ask what he thinks about a trial of stopping the Protonix and starting Zantac.

Let me know how your appt goes. I hope well!

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I've been on a PPI for acid reflux for years. I wondered, now that I'm not ingesting wheat or soy, which may have been the cause of my GERD, if I could safely go off it and try Zantac instead?

I have a reduced gallbladder function and need digestive enzymes when I eat. I asked the Dr. what he thought about me stopping the PPI and maybe trying an H2 blocker like Zantac? He thought it was a very good idea! He said PPIs can prevent people from absorbing some nutrients, and reduced acid also makes it harder to digest some foods. He said there's even some controversy as to PPIs being the cause of some gallbladder dyskinesia. He says they also cause bone loss..and nobody should stay on them longterm.

He suggested I not get my gallbladder out..unless I have a terrible flare, and see if it gains function on the gluten-free diet along with stopping the PPI.

Thanks SO much for posting this thread about the H2 blockers. It may save my gallbladder?

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I've been on a PPI for acid reflux for years. I wondered, now that I'm not ingesting wheat or soy, which may have been the cause of my GERD, if I could safely go off it and try Zantac instead?

I have a reduced gallbladder function and need digestive enzymes when I eat. I asked the Dr. what he thought about me stopping the PPI and maybe trying an H2 blocker like Zantac? He thought it was a very good idea! He said PPIs can prevent people from absorbing some nutrients, and reduced acid also makes it harder to digest some foods. He said there's even some controversy as to PPIs being the cause of some gallbladder dyskinesia. He says they also cause bone loss..and nobody should stay on them longterm.

He suggested I not get my gallbladder out..unless I have a terrible flare, and see if it gains function on the gluten-free diet along with stopping the PPI.

Thanks SO much for posting this thread about the H2 blockers. It may save my gallbladder?

How interesting......I did not know there was a correlation between gallbladder dysfunction and PPI's. 6 months into Nexium and I had to have my gallbladder out, that was in April of last year. The worse thing about it is it never helped my acidy tummy much, now that I am on Zantac as an H2 blocker, I've noticed that my stomach acid is much better, despite not taking nexium at all! So Zantac is doing 2 things for me, the H2 part is a miracle, the calmer tummy was a bonus. Please let me know how the Zantac works out for you. I'm so happy for you!!!!!

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This is fascinating to me. I am recently gluten free but my 6 year old son has life threatening allergies to dairy and peanuts - we carry an EpiPen as well. In addition to the food allergies he also has Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE.....eosinophilic enteropathy) so he takes a few meds including omeprazole (Prilosec).

In all my reading about food allergies and EoE I have never heard of Zantac for the use of allergies. I am quite familiar with acid blockers etc. for my own symptoms but I never knew Zantac (ranitidine) was a histamine blocker. I am just shocked right now. I may have to do some serious digging because anaphylaxis scares me to no end, especially as a mom. If Zantac even lessened the likelihood of a serious reaction I would be all over it.

Thanks for sharing your story!

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This is fascinating to me. I am recently gluten free but my 6 year old son has life threatening allergies to dairy and peanuts - we carry an EpiPen as well. In addition to the food allergies he also has Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE.....eosinophilic enteropathy) so he takes a few meds including omeprazole (Prilosec).

In all my reading about food allergies and EoE I have never heard of Zantac for the use of allergies. I am quite familiar with acid blockers etc. for my own symptoms but I never knew Zantac (ranitidine) was a histamine blocker. I am just shocked right now. I may have to do some serious digging because anaphylaxis scares me to no end, especially as a mom. If Zantac even lessened the likelihood of a serious reaction I would be all over it.

Thanks for sharing your story!

OMGosh!!!!!!!!!! I actually found a huge report about eosinophilic enteropathy and the use of Zantac for the condition. This was after Zantac was prescribed for me and I started researching it. Google "eosinophilic enteropathy zantac" You will find that it is used for your sons condition all over the internet!

I hear ya on the fear of anaphylaxic reactions. They scare the weebie jeebies out of me. Wouldn't it be cool if Zantac helped your son as well? I would have to give my smart doctor an extra hug for you if it did! :)

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OMGosh!!!!!!!!!! I actually found a huge report about eosinophilic enteropathy and the use of Zantac for the condition. This was after Zantac was prescribed for me and I started researching it. Google "eosinophilic enteropathy zantac" You will find that it is used for your sons condition all over the internet!

I hear ya on the fear of anaphylaxic reactions. They scare the weebie jeebies out of me. Wouldn't it be cool if Zantac helped your son as well? I would have to give my smart doctor an extra hug for you if it did! :)

It would be wonderful if it would help her son!

So far so good..for me. Give your Dr. a hug for me too...and what the heck..squeeze his butt a little too?! ;):D

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It would be wonderful if it would help her son!

So far so good..for me. Give your Dr. a hug for me too...and what the heck..squeeze his butt a little too?! ;):D

Hee Hee Hee...."her" name is Dr. Salinas, so I just simply can't squeeze her butt! :P:D;):lol:

But, she's getting a hug for sure!!!

Have you tested Zantac in the grocery store yet?

Today, I drove home with a 50 pound bag of bunny chow in my vehicle, made with wheat meddlings. I kept the windows up and did not get sick,not even a hint of a stuffy nose! Whooooo Hooooooo. Usually, my husband has to buy the bunny feed.

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Err..um..just a hug then? :unsure:

I went to the grocery store today and didn't have any problems. I dunno if they weren't mixing any baking ingredients up, or if I just didn't react?

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Err..um..just a hug then? :unsure:

I went to the grocery store today and didn't have any problems. I dunno if they weren't mixing any baking ingredients up, or if I just didn't react?

How's it going? Is is working for you? It's still working for me! I saw my doc the other day and gave her several hugs! She was so excited about the Zantac working. I think I made her day when I told her "thank you for giving me my life back" :)

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I haven't been to the grocery store where I was getting reactions, for a while, so I don't know?

I know I feel better OFF the PPI med. I have less URQ pain and it seems like I digest my food a bit better.

I'm sure my bone density is happy I'm off that med too? ;)

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Finally saw the doctor today.

We are going to try the Zantac for a month to see how it works for me. She explained how it works and said that it would also help my ingested wheat reactions. She told me that they use it in the emergency room here when someone comes in with a reaction along with the epinephrine.

And hopefully it will help with the chemical reactions too.

Thank you Catsmeow and another hug for your doc. ;)

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I hope it works well for you Sora. It seems like when the PPIs came out the Pharmacy reps courted all the Dr.s and they switched people to those? It sounds like the Zantac is more in line with what you need?

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I hope it works well for you Sora. It seems like when the PPIs came out the Pharmacy reps courted all the Dr.s and they switched people to those? It sounds like the Zantac is more in line with what you need?

Thank you, I am hopeful.

Maybe I can finally get back to work and I won't be so poor all the time. :)

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Off topic a little~ One of my manly man cousins coined a new phrase for perfume. He calls it "stink pretty" LMAO!!!! I love it!!!!!!!

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