Hi, I know this kind of thing has been discussed some elsewhere but I'm brand new here and looking for help so I thought I'd raise this topic new. I have been taking protonix for about 7 years after an onset of gerd in 2003 and a diagnosis of Barrett's in 2004. In 2007 I had a follow up endoscopy (at a different hospital since I moved) that claimed they found no evidence of Barrett's so I don't know if I have that or not. But anyway, things have gone along fine taking 40mg protonix each night. A couple of times I did try to get off it, but the rebound was intolerable.
So here's my problem. This week I've had a sudden onset of new symptoms - the most disturbing of which is difficulty swallowing - like the food is getting caught in my esophagus and almost feels like choking or wanting to throw up (not nauseus but food stuck feeling). I also have a scratchy sore throat - not bad but annoying. And lots of nasty belching.
I haven't eaten in two days because I'm frightened of having that swallowing experience again. (I'm normal weight and generally have a pretty good diet and exercise regularly although I do drink coffee - seemed OK and the protonix worked so well that I was just cruising along).
My question is - can the PPI just stop working suddenly after 7 years? I did just get switched to a different generic by the pharmacy which makes me wonder, although they say it's exactly the same. Has anyone had issues with generic protonix? Has anyone had this experience protonix stopping working? Is there a good chance that switching to a different med would help? I'm seeing a doc tomorrow but I don't have much hope that he will do much.
Any help would be most appreciated.