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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 8/8/2005 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
well ive been having this weird watery feeling in my chest and it feels like i wanna burp it up or sumthin...and i feel this cold/burning sensation in my chest. It's like my chest is bloated....could that be the acid?? and i can never lie down at night or else ill feel the acid coming up...but whats weird is that during the day i can eat anything and lie down and ill feel fine...ive been taking aciphex for a week but i stopped for two days and then started (on sunday) and it seems like everthing got worse...and its not working ne more...and i dont have an appetite...i barely ate ne thing realli scared....y isnt my aciphex working ne more???....i used to feel fine when i was on it...oo and is it bad to take antacids evey single night?? can sumone reply back!! thnx

Post Edited (cocomiaco) : 8/8/2005 6:15:11 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/8/2005 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi cocomiaco!

I take Aciphex and it has helped me a lot! - though not all drugs work the same for everyone. It seems to me that you didn't really give the drug enough time to see if it worked or not - unless I misunderstood you? It takes a while to help keep the acid production down so that your esophagus has time to heal a bit from the irritation of the acid that comes up. When you lie down, you should have the head of your bed elevated - some Dr.'s say 6 inches - this helps aid gravity so that the acid doesn't keep coming back up the esophagus and irritating it and causing the inflammation. Some people find using several pillows to aid them in an almost sitting type position at night helps them.

I'm not a Dr., nor a scientist, so I cannot answer the question whether taking antacids every night can be harmful, but I can tell you that to have the continuous reflux has been proven in some people to definitely be harmful by causing Barrett's esophagus. I have that. It's a condition that is caused by the excess acid and it must be watched so that if any cell changes occur the Dr.'s can watch it for the possibility of cancer. This is rare, but it can happen.

I hope this explanation helped you a bit?! Please take care! :)

Hugs, Teri :)
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   Posted 8/11/2005 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cocomiaco,,
I hope you're feeling better since your post of three days ago. Teri has given you some excellent advice, and I agree w/her. Try giving the med time to work, although, sometimes it appear that meds need to be changed in some of us from time to time. You also have to change your eating habits if you haven't already. Are you not eating because of upset stomach, or lack of appetite? Try drinking plenty of water throughout the day, some say it keeps acid down, also, walk if you can.

I have taken antacids every night for a couple of yrs for reflux, sometimes very well needed, and other times as a preventive measure. I wasn't overly crazy about the idea, but I did it. I was taking Maalox/Mylanta, I don't beleive that these products were menat to use on a continous basis, but it was the best I could do. I believe that Liver probems and other problems are associated w/habitual type use. But, check w/your dr. on using antacids, and do some research....

Good Luck, hope you're feeling better.

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