I was treated with a triple therapy of Prevacid, Amoxicillan, and Clarithromycin for 2 weeks (not 3 weeks) for the H.Pylori. A biopsy was done with the endoscopic procedure and was negative for the H. Pylori. The gastroenterologist said nothing in my stomach looked that impressive (as far as problems) just some mild gastritis and the hiatel hernia. I talked to the nurse today about the side effects with the Zelnorm. I was told shortness of breath was not a side effect, but to stop taking the medicine and see if it clears up. Although it doesn't seem to be common, I have read about other people with the same complaint.
Can you buy Digestive Advantage or Culturelle from a health food store? Is one better than the other? I have been eating Dannon's Activia yogurt a little over a week. It's hard to tell if there has been a change in my bowel habits since the Zelnorm has been working o.k. in that respect. Do you think I still need to be tested for the C. difficile, since I do not have diarrhea?
I was given the same cocktail in the ER which did not ease my pain. This was the only time that I have experienced severe pain. Normally, it's a dull sensation of hunger, butterflies or pressure/thickness("lump in your throat" type feeling) in the upper abdomen. I have tried Nexium (no help) and Prevacid. I'm not sure if the Prevacid helped or not; I didn't take it long enough. I haven't tried Protonix. It's very similar to Nexium and Prevacid.