I am taking Protonix for an erosive gastritis condition. Protonix is a proton pump inhibitor and after you have taken it for a certain length of time, I have discovered, it is very difficult to stop taking it as my stomach now "floods with acid" in its absence. I did not take it before my dinner tonight because I want to get off this drug, and now I am suffering with a bad burning sensation in my stomach, cannot sleep and have HUGE fibro pain because of it. I can feel the lining of my stomach once again being eroded away only at a much greater speed with all the "extra acid". I am sooo mad at my GI doctor for not warning me of this danger before he prescribed it. This is just another example of drugs that are prescribed that will cause you to become dependent on them and put more dollars in the drug companies pockets. Has anyone else ever dealt successfully with this situation???? I am trying to combat it with slippery elm, DGL and flaxseed oil but I don't know if that is all I can do. Has anyone any other suggestions???