I ve read that taking Prilosec for a prolonged period of time can disrupt the acids in the stomach so having taken it for years on a daily basis, I m trying to stop using it. The misery I ve gone thru this week makes me think that maybe I shouldn t just stop taking them. Is this like an addiction? I m a 63 year old female, about 30 pounds overweight. I lost about 55 pounds two years ago and unfortunately have gained back 20 pounds of that. I did feel better before gaining again but what should I do about getting away from daily or even every other day usage of Prilosec?