Hi, I'm new to this forum but I'm a member of the Crohn's forum. I have been a Crohnie for 5 years now and a GERD patient for 13 years. I have NERD (non-erosive reflux) along with gastritis. My doc told me that I should take 80 mg of Nexuim to combat the reflux. I have been on this dose for more than 4 years now. Really, I am relieved. Sometimes, I have to take Nexuim iv or increase Nexium to 120 mg for just 3 days if my stomach flares up. However, I read that taking only 40 mg Nexium for a year can cause osteoperosis, hip and backbone fracture. What about 4 years? Of course, throughout these years, I have taken all forms and types of antacids, ppi and anti-vomiting meds and injections.
Btw, my food is very limited and I don't eat stomach-irritating foods except for tea but this has been for years and I got used to it (I can't get rid of caffeine).
As I mentioned, being a Crohnie, I have to to take a list of meds that irritate any healthy stomach: pred, entocort, methotrxate and pentasa. May be a lot of you are not familiar with these meds but all of them cause stomach upset, nausea and vomiting.
I also suffer from anal and rectal problems (due to Crohn's) and have to see a surgeon. In my last visit, he warned me against the excessive dose of Nexium and repimiapide (an anti-ulcer drug), and said that he is going to talk to my GI to reduce the dose. Honestly, I don't want ,I feel comfortable like that and can't get off it.
Does anybody take this dose? Have you been warned against Nexuim by your doc?
Your answers are highly appreciated.