Dexilant (Kapidex)

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JBW613
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   Posted 12/22/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I have not had much luck with Nexium or Zegerid. I was told about this new drug called Dexilant. Has anyone tried it or had success with it? I am curious to know.
Thanks,
Jake

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/22/2010 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried it and it did nothing but the only med that helped me was Aciphex. Dexilant time released so you only take one a day. Kapidex isn't new, they just changed the name to Dexilant. I'd give it a try.
Michelle

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Tinlou
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   Posted 12/23/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc ordered it but my insurance wanted more information about why I needed it ect.. very annoying and the copay was still going to be quite expensive from what I was told. I am stuck with zegerid for now.

Babygirl: did you get any bad side effects with the achipex? I have some samples but am afraid to take because of the side effects I read about.

longislandchick
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   Posted 12/23/2010 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Kapidex for about 7 months. I have no side effects at all. I suffer from severe acid reflux and have found it is helping. If you do not have severe acid reflux, this med should help. Insurance is another issue. I am fortunate to have insurance through my union and I have complete coverage for all medications. Talk to your doctor or maybe try to get in on case studies.

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/24/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried Aciphex twice. The first time I started getting anxiety attacks around the same I started taking it. I don't know if that is from Aciphex or if it was a coincidence. I have been taking it for a few months now and haven't had any side effects.
Michelle

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Tinlou
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   Posted 12/24/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it me or does it seem like most of these meds cause panic and anxiety? I find that the ones that i have tried, prevacid, zantac and the one I take now, zegerid all cause some symptoms of anxiety for me. I need the meds but don't need to be more nervous that is for sure.

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/25/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken them all. I believe Aciphex was the second rx med I tried. My very first symptom from it was not being able to sleep. I would get 3 hours of sleep a night and be ready to go, like I was on speed. I couldn't sit still either. And then the awful anxiety attacks came to the point where I wouldn't leave the house. I don't know if the other rx meds I tried did anything with the attacks because they have been since. I've been taking zoloft to get them under control. I don't think my GI believed me about that being a side effect. Nexium also made my ankles and calves swell up pretty bad and once again the GI looked at me like I was crazy.
Michelle

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Tinlou
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   Posted 12/26/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
All I know is that my panic/anxiety was under control somewhat until I started having to take these meds for reflux/acid control. I have to believe that it is related somehow.

Michelle, did you ask for the zoloft or did your doctor just recommend/prescribe it for you? My doctor knows my situation well and hasn't offered any alternative such as zoloft and I think it might help quite a bit, even just a low dose.

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/26/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to my PCP since my GI didn't think it was related to my reflux and I asked for something. It doesn't make them go away completely but definitely takes the edge off and they are less intense.

I decided to stop all of my meds today to see how I feel after a week. I'm not sure if some of what I'm feeling is related to the meds so I want to find out.
Michelle

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opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/26/2010 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Aciphex is what worked best for me. I am trying dexilant now since I have been back in Prilosec for a year and things have gotten way worse above my wrap. Looks like I might be seeing the Barretts specialist in Chicago sooner than I thought.

Take care,
Bill
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LdyJane
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   Posted 12/26/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill, you're going to Loyola, right? I'm so sorry that this continues; I'm back to having heartburn if I drink water; I wake up with it in the morning; so frustrating, but I don't have Barretts and I'll keep you on my prayer list.
Janice

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/27/2010 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Janice. Yep, I'm heading back to Loyola again. I have been there so many times I think I can drive it while sleeping. LOL!

Take care,
Bill
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babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/27/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Geez Bill! Seems we just can't catch a break.
Michelle

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+IWillBe
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   Posted 12/28/2010 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor gave me some samples and this morning i took it for the first time.
I was hesistant due to side affects but most of the ppi's have similar side affects.

Ive taken prevacid. Worked well but after 3 years it stopped working for me.
Ive taken omeprazole (prilosec) worked pretty good
Nexium worked well but i had diarrhea for the first two weeks and random cases of headaches
For the past 5 months ive taken pantoprazol(Protonix) with not much success

So im hoping dexilant(60mg) does the trick

I say you try it! it might be the pill for you.

Good luck :)

Tinlou
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   Posted 12/28/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Prevacid gave me panic/anxiety and protonix brought on migraines and my insurance company is being a pain about the dexilant and I don't know why and besides I think the copay is quite high so I am back to zegerid but it seems to stop working after a while.

+IWillBe
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   Posted 12/28/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
now that you mention the anxieity after taking prevacid... my anxiety problem began around the time i was taking prevacid.
I wonder how high the correlation is between ppi's and anxiety.

I havent looked into the price but i assume its expensive! i dont have insurance so my parents always pay full price. I am a full time student and theres no way i can work with so much medical issues im going through right now.

We all need better healthcare.

Tinlou
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   Posted 12/28/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
If your parents have insurance and you are 26 or younger you can still be covered under their plan now.
I mentioned this before about the reflux/acid meds and they all seem to cause me anxiety, some more than others. Definitely not what we need on top of all of the other ailments we feel each day!

Boosted333
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   Posted 1/4/2011 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, Protonix gave me insane hunger pains.  Aciphex did the same but not anywhere as bad.  If I took the Aciphex first thing in the A.M., then the hunger pains would kick in around 7 or 8 pm at night.  If I took the pills later on in the day, then the pains kicked in during the middle of the night.  Now my Dr gave me samples of Dexilant and i'm hoping I'm okay with these, today is day #1 for the Dex.
- Dan

memphisbelle1
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   Posted 1/5/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
i am currently on dexilant. my insurance does not cover it either, and i have been getting samples from my doc for about 3 months. i am so glad you guys mentioned the panic attacks! mine have been so severe since i started taking the dexilant that i have contemplated going to the e.r a few times. has anyone found anything else that works? i have taken every prescription available it seems.

couchtater
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   Posted 1/5/2011 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Nexium, prilocet, zegred...

If medicine doesn't help then you need to consider having the surgery.
Joy

Ag10
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   Posted 1/5/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on dexilant for a week...not much improvement. I take it in the morning....1 hr before eating.

kazbern
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   Posted 1/8/2011 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter just started taking Dexilant 3 days ago (she's 11). She'd been having awful belly pain for months. For the last month we've had her on OTC Prilosec 2x/day but she was still mostly miserable. Today she was so excited because for the first time in as long as she can remember she had no pain all day. It seems to be a very effective med for her!

She has also noticed that she feels very energetic. She's always been fairly hyperactive anyway, and she suggested maybe she's so energetic because she feels good, but after reading all these posts I wonder if its the drug!

The copay for me was $60, less than I used to pay for Nexium. I'm willing to pay, though, if it does work for her.

On the other hand, I have a sneaking suspicion that her stomach pain is hormonally related and she's just cycling out of it right now, only to have it return in 3 weeks. She hasn't started menstruating yet, but that is clearly in the near term schedule for her. I guess we'll see if in 3 weeks she has pain, and if it's less than it was this past week. During this last bout of discomfort there were no days that she ate breakfast, few that she ate lunch and she'd pick at her dinner.
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48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

bubbly101
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   Posted 1/18/2012 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started taken Dexilant 60mg a week ago and the next day and 6days later i had diarea horribly. The 2nd day i took it, i became dizzy and almost fainted at work. I will say it definatly worked, i just wish i didnt have the side effect. Nexium just did nothing for me. i have been on it for a year and still wake up everyday with heartburn. The entire week i was on dexilant no heartburn... I am switching to prescription zantac. Hoping this works. Good luck

outdoorsgirl
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   Posted 1/18/2012 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I took Nexium for 2 months...seemed to help with the chest discomfort and back pain. Still had throat burn and felt bad. Then I tried prilosec for 2 months. It kept me in the same place as Nexium....still had throat burn and cough after meals. Finally tried dexilant. Took that for little over 3 weeks. Didn't see any improvement so I stopped taking that too. I never had bad side effects from any of them but just felt tired and they caused constipation...which I'm STILL dealing with!...and I have been off of all meds for a 2 months now. I still have some burning and little cough after meals but I'm going the natural route. Going to try to do this with diet and supplements. The meds help many people. Good luck to you!
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