I don't understand why you can not take prevacid for longer that two weeks if it helped. You can do that with not problem even if it says that you can only use it for 14 days. All doctors do is prescribe you higher doses for longer time. You shouldn't be afraid to take it until the irritation heals. I took ppis three years ago for a few months until the irritation healed and the I was able to stop them and not take anything for two years. Until I started taking ibuprofin again and I was stupid and not careful and it gave me reflux again that this time is very hard to stop.
If the prevacid helped, just go with it. I learned that doctors with all their expensive tests (that I did) all they will do is prescribe you ppis, either otc or prescription strength.
Post Edited (dencha) : 2/28/2013 4:59:55 PM (GMT-7)