Pat Tall said...
BNC glad you came to our forum. Sure sounds like you are having a hard time with the medicine. Glad you are working with your GI Doctor. Did your physician tell you about 'when' to take the PPI ? There are specific time frames in relation to your food intake. The medicine must be taken early enough to dissolve in your stomach and cut the acid pumps off before consuming food. How many times a day are you taking the medicine? Many physicians have you take PPI in morning and an H2 at night. Also, did he instruct you on what foods to avoid. This is very important. The PPI does not mean you can eat anything. Also, (I apologize), if you are obese, are you working on that as it can have an effect on the diaphragm and push reflux upward. I'd suggest cut ting out coffee and carbonated drinks like beer and soda. Avoid greasy fried foods. Be kind to yourself and take care of you. Let us know how you are doing and if you have had tests to confirm your diagnosis. Pat
Thank you for the reply, Pat!
I apologize for not providing more info. I am a 27 yo male...5'11" currently 155lbs. I actually have the opposite problem of being obese...because I have a very high metabolism...any time my reflux acts up it is very difficult to keep my weight up. When things were going good 6 months ago...I was about
168 (the heaviest I have ever been). As soon as the Dexilant stopped working, it was only a few weeks before I was down in the low 150s. Needless to say, it is very frustrating.
I always take my PPIs when I first wake up...then eat 30-60 minutes later. That worked well for me because I am a very routine oriented person. I have been using Zantac at night in recent months...which seems to help.
When I was on the Dexilant for over a year and it was working well...I really didnt need zatnac or any food restrictions. That said, any of the "iffy" foods I always did in moderation. I would have a small cup of coffee in the morning...when I went out, I would limit myself to 2 drinks or less, if I had pizza I would stop at 2 slices instead of scarfing down more. Part of the reason I decided to stay on PPIs was because it did allow me to eat pretty normal...which was good for social reasons and because of my struggles gaining weight. But like I said, I was not reckless about
it. The biggest life style change I made was not laying down within 2 hours of eating.
My recent struggles are definitely a result of Dexilant not working anymore. The Aciphex worked a bit at first, but once I upped the dosage it went real south real fast and that is where I am now. I really am just curious what to do moving forward. PPI therapy did work very well for me...it is just frustrating that it stopped and now I have to try to find a new one that works. I am just curious if these are "one and done" drugs...meaning if the Dexilant stopped working for me, is it now a drug that will never work for me again?