Gerd Medication

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tesstruhart
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   Posted 3/24/2010 2:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been dx with Gerd for 10 years.  As a matter of fact I just had my second endoscopy today.  The erosion in the esophagus has healed, but the hiatal hernia is a little bigger.  I started out on Zantac, went to prilosec, then to nexium and finally to aciphex.  the aciphex was the best for me.  recently, my drug plan said they weren't going to pay for the aciphex and convinced my Dr. to ok the nexium.  I try, but as you can see the hour, I got an hour and 45 minutes of sleep before the reflux was choking me.
Has anyone else run into this problem?  Are there any newer drugs that are more inexpensive out there?
Thank you for your feedback.

stkitt
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   Posted 3/24/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome,


You may want to discuss these meds with your physician and talk to your insurance company about what meds are covered under you plan. Also some insurance companies will pay for the drug if the physician states it is the only medication that works for you.




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* Prescription-strength H-2-receptor blockers. These include prescription-strength cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid), nizatidine (Axid) and ranitidine (Zantac).

* Prescription-strength proton pump inhibitors. Prescription-strength proton pump inhibitors include esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec Rx), pantoprazole (Protonix) and rabeprazole (Aciphex).

* Medications to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter. Called prokinetic agents, these medications help your stomach empty more rapidly and help tighten the valve between the stomach and the esophagus. Side effects, such as fatigue, depression, anxiety and other neurological problems, limit the usefulness of these medications.
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GERD medications are sometimes combined to increase effectiveness.

Good luck and I hope you find the right medication at the right price.

Stick with us,

Kitt

BarrettMan
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   Posted 3/24/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Talk to your Dr. about Dexilant (recently changed names from Kapidex).  They offer up to $55 off a prescription which means its free if you have health coverage.  There is an instant savings card you can get from your Dr.  Or you can click here to get one https://www.kapidex.com/kapidexadvantage.aspx 

They just extended this offer through the end of 2011 which means its free for 21 months!  


stkitt
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   Posted 3/25/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,


I have reviewed the site and there is a lot of info re eligibilty etc so please read closely if you sign up. It certainly could be a good thing for some of our members.



Thanks,



Kitt

johnnyringo
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   Posted 3/25/2010 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
whats funny is that i was on aciphex for 2 years and then wasnt working then i went to kapidex and prevacid and both seem to make it worse my doc told me that ppi's are too strong for what i have, gerd and a hyatal hernia.he just said to eat smaller meals and whatch my diet and take an antiacid when needed.the weird thing is that too started messing with me so now i take nothing and its still there but it is not as bad i used to get alot of pressure on my upper abdomin so keep trying to find whats best for you.plus what you coverage will allow.Hang in there
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