Dexilant Anyone?

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kweeks
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   Posted 9/11/2014 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I have what my doctors are telling me is GERD. I have had 2 endoscopy's in the past 3 years. After the first my GI said that I have a 'loose valve' causing acid to escape.

My symptoms are mainly burning, gnawing, bad nausea, pain in the stomach area, also sternum area. Also I have bad back pain that I feel is related as it happens during the time I feel the upper abdominal burning and pain. Sometimes I feel a bit of burning in my chest and extra hoarseness in the morning but the most important and debilitating symptom is the upper abdominal pain and nausea.

I was given Pariet and took it for about a year. I stopped and my symptoms came back way worse. Started again and stopped at the start of this summer and felt horrible all summer. Had another endo and of August where GI spoke with me while I was still out of it. I don't remember what he said!!! He gave me GERD fact sheets, and prescribed Dexilant as a new gerd MED.

I'm scared to take it as I se diarrhea is a side effect that seems to be common. Instead I started the Pariet again but I would say its only touching my issue 60-70% :(

My questions:
Does this sound like GERD? (It seems so severe)

Have you tried Dexilant? What were your results?

Thank you so much, I really appreciate your help.

arnel
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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 9/11/2014 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kweek,

I too have GERD and my GI doc gave dixelant 60 mg for 2 months but i ask my GI doc to replace it after 3 weeks since it gave me bad anxiety (burning sensations in my hands, dizziness every morning and insomia). I don't scare you but each person are different. So my GI doc change it to Nexium 40 mg but still my anxiety still there but my acid was controlled. My final round of PPI was losec 20mg for about 2 weeks in June. I already quit PPI then and instead use zantac 150 mg as needed and antacid as needed. Not totally healed but i'm better with lesser acid controller than those big guns (PPI). Also you need to watch your diet (biggest factor)

dencha
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   Posted 9/11/2014 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kweek,

Everyone seems to respond to PPIs in their own unique ways. Some (like me) have no side effects, while others just can't tolerate the side effects that they have.

I've taken Prilosec, Nexium, and Protonix, and never had any side effects (even though there was a long list of possible side effects). My son takes Dexilant, and has no problems whatsoever.

I suggest you give it a try, and see if it is well-tolerated. Perhaps your GI doc can give you some samples. My son's doctor did that. That way you can try it without investing a lot of money in the prescription.

Good luck! I hope you get your GERD under control. By the way, if you were too out of it to understand your doc's description of the endoscopy result, be sure to call the office and speak to a nurse. They owe you the information!

Best wishes,
Denise

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kweeks
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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 9/12/2014 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies.
I am thinking of switching to dexilant this weekend
DX June 2003
Went into immediate remission with oral salofalk (9 pills/day)
Stayed in remission until I began to mildly flare during my first pregnancy (Feb. 2009)
Now have two beautiiful children!

CURRENT MEDS:
9 Salofalk each day (5 ASA)
1 Ultimate Flora Crit. Care probiotic at night

Mom, wife, teacher, friend
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