I have been on Prevacid 30 mg twice daily for nearly a month now and am still having to use additional antacid treatments throughout the day. I have already been on Zegred, Nexium, Aciphex, and Dexilant but the Prevacid has worked the best. I have paired the Prevacid with 300 mg of zantac but that doesn't seem to make a difference. Also, at night I am still having a lot of reflux up to my throat. The doctor gave me Regaln to take with dinner as he thought the problem was my slow gastric emptying that was confirmed with testing. It has improved my appetite and I am eating more, but it did not stop the nightly refluxing altogether. I also have some of this regurgitation during the day if I drink too much or drink my protein drink too quickly.
Right now my line of attack is:
30 mg Prevacid 2x's daily
10 Reglan once at dinner
Carafate nightly and before lunch
Bed raised 7 inches
Do not lay down until 4 hours after dinner
Do not drink 2 hours before laying down - this did slow down the nightly reflux some
I eat very small soft meals
Digest Gold digestive enzymes
just added a probiotic
Another thing is that when I was taking the other PPI's I was not using the other antacid treatments but depended on the ppi and zantac alone. I'm thinking that some of them could have been just as effective had I used the Tums, Maalox and Gaviscon when necessary.
So is this typical to be having this much trouble with meds? Does it just take longer for some people? The new doc I have wants me using Gaviscon for the breakthrough HB. I guess I'm starting to get a little concerned and feel I may be running out of options. Now that I know I have gastroparesis I'm not even sure I could be a candidate for surgery if it were necessary.
Any ideas????? I'm always listening!
Edited to correct typo in title.
Post Edited (sewfun) : 6/24/2011 6:10:10 AM (GMT-6)