Gave into Temptation...will I pay dearly????

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   Posted 3/18/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been using Nexium 40mg for the last 3 years everyday due to a lazy LES. Diets don't do anything for me. I can be on an empty stomach and have a glass of water and I will feel the pain and discomfort we all share here. My question is: Has anyone had pain and discomfort while using Nexium or any other PPI? This past weekend I noticed a slight sensation of heartburn. As the week continues I have noticed that my symptoms aren't bad but they do go unnoticed. A little background info: While taking my one dose per day of Nexium I do not feel a thing. I do cheat...I wont lie but I dont really abuse it . Im concerned at this point. Its been 5 days now and I haven;t seen an improvement. This past weekend I accompanied my fiance with her friends on a "bar crawl" for St. Patricks day. This past weekend all we ate was "bar" food and drank beer diet consisted of chicken wings. I know its bad...but it is what it is. I gave into temptation and now I am paying for it. Do you think this is temporary or have I done some real damage? Will the nexium ever work again or have I reached the limit on Nexium?

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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was on Nexium, I had to go to two a day. When I switched to Protonix, I wasn't covered with one...I had to take two. The only time I had a chance to be heartburn free was 2 a day. Even then there was some breakthrough, and I had asthma problems as a result.
That's why I had the surgery 3 weeks ago.
Hopefully that will work. I get gastritis easily, so I expect there will be times I need PPI's even with the surgery.
Good luck. Don't feel guilty about the chicken wings. You've got to live!
You may want to try a different PPI. Also, if you have insurance...twice a day.
Good luck!

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 3/20/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   

If you don't have insurance (as I don't), my doctor told me about a card you can print out
from the computer through the Federal Government which has saved me TONS on prescriptions.
You just fill out your name and e-mail address, hit "Next" and up comes your new prescription card.
Where I was paying $108.00 for prescriptions before, I now pay $24.00.  The website is:

I was amazed at the savings, especially since I've been unemployed for quite awhile now and was
actually cutting down on my medication to save money.

~ Julie O'

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