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   Posted 1/1/2014 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I am a member on some of the other boards but this is the first time on this one.
I have a question. I have had Acid Reflux/Gerd for several years now. I have been taking Prilosec for it all these years and it has worked great until recently. Now I am starting to have problems, as if I haven't taken my meds for the day when I have. I am wondering if I now need to change meds to something stronger?

Anyone have any suggestions on what else to take? I have a doctor's appt in February and will mention any suggestions to her. Thanks in advance for you help and Happy New Year!

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens, Fibromyalgia, Chiari 1 Malformation, Osteoarthritis of the hip and neck, Heart Murmur, Acid reflux/gerd.

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   Posted 1/1/2014 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the same boat. I was on Prevacid every day from 2003 to 2007, then I switched to Prilosec OTC in 2007 and was taking it every day since 2007. I weaned myself off it last summer over the course of a few months, and got gastritis a few months later from the acid rebound. Went back on last December and it doesn't seem to be working. I also take 20mg Pepcid and 2 DGL pills a day. Occasionally I double up on the Prilosec and I think it helps, but I don't want to become dependent on the double dose of Prilosec. These pills are impossible for me to quit because the acid rebound creates terrible gastritis, and then I'll have to take more Prilosec to get the gastritis to heal.

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   Posted 1/1/2014 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I get a problem when I think that my PPI has stopped working properly. I put this down to my digestion, sometimes the uptake is good, other times not so good. This has an effect on the efficiency and speed of the inhibition of the proton pumps.

From what I have read, an individual dose is active for up to 16 hours, with the action reducing over this period. Some acid production continues at a low level during this time.

Altering the time of day of dose, or breaking the dose into two portions a day are useful strategies. It may be worth trying increasing the dose, subject to confirmation from your primary healthcare professional.


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