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NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 11/26/2012 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the 2 or 3 I've started getting bad stomach cramps. It doesn't matter if I eat or not. I'm guessing it's the PrevAcid? I've been on 60mg since July and it hasn't been happening until now. Is it normal for side effects to randomly just start up? It's very very painful :(

dencha
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   Posted 11/26/2012 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi NoDoubtLove,
I don't know if this follows for everyone, but I've found stomach cramps (not lower abdominal cramping) are a result of gas bloating.  I keep Gas-X around for those time, and it seems to help get the burps out.
Hope you feel better soon!
Denise
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NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 11/26/2012 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry I didn't specify, it's lower abdominal cramps :(

What I have realized by being on this super safe GERD diet is that I'm less gassy and bloated - that rocks! Unless I eat broccoli LOL

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   Posted 11/26/2012 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
If you eat broccoli, try BEANO first.  It helps me... smilewinkgrin
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NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 11/26/2012 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I stopped eating it because of that lol maybe I can start again ;)

Btw, I realized these stomach cramps started after that 1 and only day I took Dexilant. That was awhile ago though. Weird :/

Or I guess it could be stress too

WJF
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   Posted 11/26/2012 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It's likely a side-effect of PPI!. PPI can cause lower abdomen disturbances, like diarrhea or constipation.

NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 11/27/2012 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't wait until I'm off these things :'(

dencha
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   Posted 11/27/2012 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi NoDoubtLove,
 
While I know that, like WJF, there are quite a few who can't take PPIs comfortably, but keep in mind that your lower abdominal cramps could be unrelated.  Many take PPIs with no untoward effects.  Could they be related?  Sure.  Could they be a different GI issue? Yes.
 
It's not ideal to be having to take any drug, but remember that many, many people take PPIs long-term with no symptoms whatsoever. Yes, they need to be careful to supplement, but it can be done.  It would be nice if everyone could come off PPIs after short-term treatment, but sometimes it's not possible. Even after surgery, some need to continue treatment at a lower dose.
 
Sometimes when we start a drug there is a coincidental issue that happens shortly after.  My thought would be to go ahead and try the Dexilant and see if things settle down after a bit.  If they don't, call your doctor and report the symptoms.
Good luck!
Hang in there!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

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Eckhart Tolle

NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 11/27/2012 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
When I tried the Dexilant, just 1 day, I had BAD side effects. I felt like I was slowly dying or something :( I never want to take that again. When I told the nurse she said people either respond amazing to it or really really bad.

dencha
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   Posted 11/27/2012 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi NoDoubtLove,
That's what I've heard.  Can they try a different one?  If you feel that badly, and that's the experence of others, I'm sure they agree you shouldn't take it. Hopefully it was samples and you didn't pay for a script.
Good luck!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 11/27/2012 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
It was samples! I told him I couldn't afford all of the pills, so he gave me samples. Because of the high dosage of PrevAcid I'm on, insurance only covers so much. Monthly it's $80-$100 for me to get my meds. I know that may not sound high, but to a broke person it is!

dencha
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   Posted 11/27/2012 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds very high to me. confused Good luck with it all!
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“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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