My daughter just started taking Dexilant 3 days ago (she's 11). She'd been having awful belly pain for months. For the last month we've had her on OTC Prilosec 2x/day but she was still mostly miserable. Today she was so excited because for the first time in as long as she can remember she had no pain all day. It seems to be a very effective med for her!
She has also noticed that she feels very energetic. She's always been fairly hyperactive anyway, and she suggested maybe she's so energetic because she feels good, but after reading all these posts I wonder if its the drug!
The copay for me was $60, less than I used to pay for Nexium. I'm willing to pay, though, if it does work for her.
On the other hand, I have a sneaking suspicion that her stomach pain is hormonally related and she's just cycling out of it right now, only to have it return in 3 weeks. She hasn't started menstruating yet, but that is clearly in the near term schedule for her. I guess we'll see if in 3 weeks she has pain, and if it's less than it was this past week. During this last bout of discomfort there were no days that she ate breakfast, few that she ate lunch and she'd pick at her dinner.
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.