lower dosage = better????

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sciencelady
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   Posted 2/19/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Nobody responded to my last post.... Must be nobody can relate. How about this one? I've been on 80 mg/day (40 in the a.m. and 40 in the p.m.) of Zegerid for 2 months. It seemed like it was working at first. I'd have a 3-4 good days, then a couple of bad. Little by little the good ones disappeared and the bad ones took over. My main symptoms are nausea (nearly all of the time), burping, indigestion, no appetite. I noticed that after my evening meal, (an hour after the Zegerid), I felt really bloated, and was having some gas pains up in my chest and back. Both were new symptoms. I began to wonder if it was the medicine and if my dose was too high. This morning, I skipped my morning pill and have actually felt better than I have in awhile. I'm still not great, but not quite so nauseated and burpy. I'm going to try 40 mg. / day for awhile and see how it goes. It's only 2 pm in the afternoon, so we'll see. I REALLY want to feel better. This has been going on since last summer.
2 other questions: 1. Morning is always my absolute worst time. Can anyone else relate and any suggestions for help?
2. Can you take Zantac (if so, how much?) with a PPI? My Dr. said that you could but I read online someplace that they shouldn't be taken together because the Zantac will inhibit the effectiveness of the PPI?

outtllaw
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   Posted 2/19/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I think if it has been 2 months with Zegerid, and you have minimal symptom reduction you should see your doctor and have him switch you to a next PPI . Good luck and I hope you feel better.

sciencelady
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   Posted 2/19/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply. I have been thinking about that but read somewhere that you should give PPI's up to 12 weeks to work. I welcome opinions on that!

marthamae
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   Posted 2/19/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Pepcid along with Protonix. I don't know if that's the same as Zantac with a PPI or not. I agree that you should switch PPI's if your current one is not working. It sounds like you have given it a good time to work. However, I do know that Protonix took a LONG time to help me--it was a good six weeks or so. I thought it would have been faster.
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