Acid Reflux and treatment

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JavaJay
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   Posted 12/31/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone has developed Acid Reflux from CD and if so what they are using to treat it.  I am currently on a double dose of Prilosec but it is getting really expensive.  Since Previcid just came out over the counter I don't know if there is any perscription drugs anymore which would cost me less. 
36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily


coldestspot
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   Posted 12/31/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I suffer from the same thing.....not sure if crohn's is to blame or not. I take 40 mg of protonix in the morning and 150mg of over the counter zantac per my GI's instructions. It seems to be working for now. Good luck!

Imuran 125mg, remicade every 6 weeks, folic acid,


Nanners
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   Posted 12/31/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Many folks with Crohns also suffer with Acid Reflux/GERD myself included. I have been on 60 mg of Prilosec for a few years now. Luckily my insurance covers it at a low cost for me. One thing to remember is not all PPI's work the same for all. For example Nexium or Prevacid didn't help me at all, but Protonix or Prilosec work great for me. Hope that helps.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Wolfie40
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   Posted 12/31/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to take 40mg Protonix and I think it cost about $1 a pill, but my GI switched because he thought I may have Bacteria overgrowth. I'm now on Pepcid complete which does not work as good as Protonix.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications:Humira,  Asacol, FolicAcid,  Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

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I love them dearly.


JavaJay
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   Posted 12/31/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   

When the Prilosec wasn't working well, my GI switched me to Pepcid but that didn't help so we doubled the dose of Prilosec.  It helps, but it is costly.  My insurance won't cover over the counter or any perscription that has something similar over the counter.  If I was to switch to a perscription which is much cheaper, I would need it to be something that isn't OTC.

 

I have never heard of Protonix.  Is that the drug name or the brand name?


36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily


Nanners
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   Posted 12/31/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Protonix is the brand name. For me at least, the Protonix worked but didn't last as long for me as the Prilosec has. In other words I took Protonix about 9 mos then it petered out on me. The Prilosec I have been on for years and its continued to work well for me. Hope that helps.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

straydog
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   Posted 12/31/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I on on two Acephex a day, it is covered under my insurance thank goodness. Get your dr to rx something that is covered by your insurance. My dr says Nexium tends to cause diarhea in most of his patients.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


gumby44
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   Posted 1/2/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I only get heartburn on occasion, but when I get it, it's pretty bad. I have tried Pepcid but it only helps a little. Does anyone have any suggestions to manage occasional heartburn? I was up half the night very uncomfortable last night. I tried Chamomile tea, and it didn't help, so I just sat up on the couch for several hours until it passed.
51 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation, probiotics


Jamci
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   Posted 1/2/2010 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I use protonix which has seemed to work well so far. I do seem to get a little heartburn now in the evenings and I drink a cup of peppermint tea and that seems to work.
Current meds:  Apriso (4 caps-1x/day)
                         Antara (cholesterol - 1 cap/day)
                         Welchol (cholesterol - 3 at evening meal)
                         Cardizem (blood pressure - 1 cap/day)
                         Protonix (some reflux/Barretts - 1 tab/day)
                         Welbutrin (anxiety - 2 tabs/day (morning/evening)
                         Multi Vitamin (morning)
                         Fish Oil (evening)
                         Tylenol (sometimes for back pain)


CrohnnieMan
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   Posted 1/3/2010 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Prevacid works good for me so far. The generic form just came out and my pharmacy fills it with the same as the non-generic. The pharmacist said it is the same manufacturer making the generic so it is the same as non-generic (for now at least).
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