How long should I take Prilosec?

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Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I know, I know I need to ask my gastro doc, but I had my endoscopy/colonoscopy and he said he thinks I have Crohn's and biopsied. I thought there would be a follow-up appointment, but there wasn't, I think he said he would send me the information in the mail (I'm assuming results from the biopsy and an official diagnosis). I also have Gerd w/a sore in the esophagus. So I have been on Prilosec all week and I do feel improvements, not like a miracle but improvements to what it was before.
 
Anyway, do I stay on a 14-day course, or do I keep taking for a month, two, or until I feel "better"? Or just schedule an appt. to ask doc? He never said how long to stay on it.
 
I hope to figure out how to balance the PH in my gut after I'm done w/the Prilosec. I have taken HCI Betaine in the past w/good results, but digestive enzymes weren't working, cutting out foods that caused problems and trying PH-balancing foods like asparagus. I wonder why our guts just don't work when we seem to do everything right. Ho hum!
 
Have a wonderful day, people! : ) Thanks for any input.
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on it for a few years. You need to speak to your doctor about how long "HE" wants you on it or how long he thinks you should stay on it. Good luck!
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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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Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/16/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I didn't realize that you could stay on it long-term...meaning our own gut just doesn't kick in like it's supposed to (never replenishing and getting back to normal?). Okay, some questions to take to my Gastro.

Do you notice a balance that is the same over the years, or do you slightly get better each month with digestion? I also will have to look into getting it prescription-it may be cheaper. I think he may have called it in, not sure if generic works the same as the regular.
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


Zanne
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   Posted 3/16/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on some form of a GERD medicine for years. Either because I got "used" to one and it became less effective or because the insurance had a cheaper option, I have changed medication over time, but I think you will find that a lot of us are on some form or another long term. This is probably something you need to speak to your doctor about to see what he wants you to do. I know if I miss a day, I am OK, but 2 days in a row, bang, heartburn city.
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artist guy
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   Posted 3/16/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
yes i am the same way, i can miss one day, then watch out, i can't evan swallow without heart burn, my scrip is omperazole, generic for prilosec, $15 amonth, but my scrip says up to 2 a day so i get 60 for $15, but sometimes i need 2. I'm on that the rest of my life. my cd is in my chest,esophogus,throat,mouth and on my tongue, as well as my small bowel,whoope good times!!!!!!

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Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/16/2010 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Looks like I'll be on Prilosec, and Loperamide for quite awhile! ; )
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


JavaJay
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   Posted 3/16/2010 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Prilosec since...well...it has been so long I don't even remember.  For the last year I have been double dosing.  Dr. says it is ok, so I do it.
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


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/16/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Nexium 5+ years
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Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/16/2010 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Nexium or one of the others 5+ years it all started with prednisone.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/16/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I also wonder if I can take digestive enzymes as well (along w/prilosec) or would that counteract it (again, I need to ask my gastro, I know). My son is on papaya enzymes after his meals for his constipation (he's a preschooler) and I was wondering to take them after meals, too..I just don't know what can go together or not.
 
Grandpato: I saw your signature that you had your gall bladder removed...did it improve or help any of your symptoms at all? Thanks for any info. about that.
 
 
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


FunGuy
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   Posted 3/16/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Prilosec for years. Try to use lifestyle changes also. Don't eat late in the evening, don't eat big meals, don't lay down after you eat and watch what you eat. For me bread at night is NO NO
 


Susiebuddy
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   Posted 3/16/2010 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband has been taking Prilosec for just about 10 years now.. he was diagnosed with an imcompetent sphincter (sp?) and can't even go one day without it or else he's got heartburn terribly bad.. He can have surgery to fix the problem, but he's too chicken when taking one pill a day takes care of it... lol.. I've been on Nexium for about 5 years...

Good luck with it and I hope it helps you!
 Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 31st, 2005, Testing for Crohn's 3/10
 Prior Meds:
Canasa, Rowasa, Lialda, Apriso, Prednisone, 1 infusion of Remicade.. none of those worked for too long... Had neurological complications from the Remicade...
 Current Meds:
Pentasa 2000mg 2x a day, Entocort 9mg daily, Nexium 40mg once a day, Wellbutrin 150mg once a day. Culturelle 2x a day, Xanax as needed and Ambien at night for sleep..  
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