Is Prevacid causing confusion in my head?

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sillylilly
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   Posted 12/20/2006 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking Prevacid for about three weeks now and all of a sudden I am feeling slightly confused and unable to organize  my thoughts...it's even very hard for me to type this thread because I can't seem to organize my thoughts very well.  My doc told me to increase dosage to two a day because one 30 mg doesn't work very well to control GERD...but I think this double dose is like an overdose for me.  I really feel wierd and could hardly fix dinner tonight. 
 
Has anyone experienced this with Prevacid? 

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   Posted 12/21/2006 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly said...
I've been taking Prevacid for about three weeks now and all of a sudden I am feeling slightly confused and unable to organize  my thoughts...it's even very hard for me to type this thread because I can't seem to organize my thoughts very well.  My doc told me to increase dosage to two a day because one 30 mg doesn't work very well to control GERD...but I think this double dose is like an overdose for me.  I really feel wierd and could hardly fix dinner tonight. 
 
Has anyone experienced this with Prevacid? 
Sorry about your lightheadedness.  I,too, take prevacid 2x a day (my primary said to do this, I went to a GI who was such a jerk so I basically have no GI doc for now!)...
 
I do feel lightheaded, but I think that mine has more to do with lack of sleep (though I could be wrong)...

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   Posted 12/21/2006 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi friendly,

Well, I cut back on the Prevacid today and I feel much better today...no brain fog, so I'm sure it was too much Prevacid.  One doesn't work as well as two, so I cut it back to one and half and I still feel OK.  It's really funny though, this morning before I took the prevacid I was feeling pretty good but as soon as I took it, I started having slight burning in chest.  It did go away after I ate something, but I've always said that these meds can really cause heartburn.


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   Posted 12/21/2006 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly said...

Hi friendly,

Well, I cut back on the Prevacid today and I feel much better today...no brain fog, so I'm sure it was too much Prevacid.  One doesn't work as well as two, so I cut it back to one and half and I still feel OK.  It's really funny though, this morning before I took the prevacid I was feeling pretty good but as soon as I took it, I started having slight burning in chest.  It did go away after I ate something, but I've always said that these meds can really cause heartburn.

sillylilly, glad you feel better (in regards to lightheadedness).  I am taking it 2x a day because the barium swallow i took showed that i have bad reflux.  But I'm not sure if the prevacid is even working for me.  I still have an annoying lump in my throat, cramping, etc.  I will have to get PH testing done.  Have you done that before?

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   Posted 12/21/2006 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I bought the strips and I am in the normal range so that's not my problem.  I think we have acid coming up simply because we have a weak LES musle or UES muscle which allows the acid to leak up.  I'm trying the mindbody connection.  I think there is something to it but I haven't been brave enough to stop the meds yet.  When I try, the burning is so severe in my chest that it scares me and I can't stand it.  As far as the lump in your throat, have you looked at my thread on the difference between acid reflux and LPR.  I seem to have both but the lump in my throat (very slight) doesn't bother me near as much as the reflux.  I've tried Prilosec and Aciphex (which caused my tongue to swell like a fat frog) but Prevacid  works the best for me.   

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   Posted 12/22/2006 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Oh, I didn't mean urine testing.  I meant the PH probe testing.  You have to have a probe down your esophagus for 24 hours to check to see exactly what is going on.

I'm not going to get off the meds becasue my reflux is so bad and I heard that i can get cancer if i won't get this treated...

my lump in my throat is horrendous.  glad yours isn't as bad...


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   Posted 12/22/2006 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear about the lump in your throat...I know it must be very annoying. I haven't had any test except the endoscopy which confirmed I had GERD.  I'm suppose to see the doc next month because it seems that I have to take more and more of this med to make it work.  How long have you been on the Prevacid and does it work really good for you?

 

 


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   Posted 12/23/2006 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly said...

Sorry to hear about the lump in your throat...I know it must be very annoying. I haven't had any test except the endoscopy which confirmed I had GERD.  I'm suppose to see the doc next month because it seems that I have to take more and more of this med to make it work.  How long have you been on the Prevacid and does it work really good for you?

 

 

Yes, the lump is extremely annoying.  I am also annoyed that I can't exercise/dance and that this thing has effected my social life.  But I try to stay positive that I will get better one day!  I have been on prevacid for a month and a half. It takes away the acid taste on my mouth, but it doesn't seem to do much more for me.  I am wondering what kind of dosage your doctor will put you on.   I take it twice a day.  But I heard that some people even take it for more than that! 


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   Posted 12/23/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh, I know what you mean...I used to go to the gym and lift weights and do aerobics.  It really takes over your life.  I haven't exercised with any vigor since September.  I do have an eliptical machine that I use which doesn't bother me.  Even the exercises I talked to you about will bother you immediately afterwards but don't give up on them...they may help. 

You know my Dad died in June, so my mother is a big responsibility for me now because she can't see very well and doesn't drive, plus my mother-in-law needs alot of help and my husband has a chronic disease and is disabled so I'm wondering if all of this stress is responsible for this GERD thing--mindbody connection...I don't know. 

I take the prevacid at the same time in the morning...if I split them up, they don't work as well.  I sure hope like you say that we will get better over time.  Happy holidays to you.


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   Posted 12/23/2006 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly,
sorry about all the stress you're going through now. Hopefully, it'll be over one day and it'll just make you a stronger person.

Do you take both prevacids at the same time??

I just don't have a GI doctor who can help me yet...

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   Posted 12/23/2006 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Sillylilly,

I don't think it's the Prevacid. You have a lot of responsibility with your mother, et al. Who do YOU go to for support? A generation ago, you would be living in the middle of extended family, moving at a much slower pace, in a simpler lifestyle, and probably with a lot less money...

Lonibel

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   Posted 12/24/2006 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly said...
I've been taking Prevacid for about three weeks now and all of a sudden I am feeling slightly confused and unable to organize  my thoughts...it's even very hard for me to type this thread because I can't seem to organize my thoughts very well.  My doc told me to increase dosage to two a day because one 30 mg doesn't work very well to control GERD...but I think this double dose is like an overdose for me.  I really feel wierd and could hardly fix dinner tonight. 
 
Has anyone experienced this with Prevacid? 
 Sillylilly, could you please clarify something for me?:  Are you taking both 30 mg of prevacid at once??  Because, if you are, then maybe I will try that, too!  Because I split them up and it doesn't work for me.  I need to find something that works!
 
If I do end u taking them both at once, i'll let you know if I feel lightheaded, too...

sillylilly
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   Posted 12/24/2006 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Friendlygal,

Yes, I take both Prevacids at the same time. Try it, I think you'll find that it works better. I do pretty good on taking two now but anymore than that and I do feel alot of brain fog. One other symptom that bothers me is I feel like my skin is dry especially in the face and throat. I have to have water by my bed and sip it periodically because my throat is so dry. Do you experience this?

Lonnibel, I don't have any extended family living in my town so not much support. I know I need to manage my stress and laugh more.

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   Posted 12/24/2006 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly said...
Friendlygal,

Yes, I take both Prevacids at the same time. Try it, I think you'll find that it works better. I do pretty good on taking two now but anymore than that and I do feel alot of brain fog. One other symptom that bothers me is I feel like my skin is dry especially in the face and throat. I have to have water by my bed and sip it periodically because my throat is so dry. Do you experience this?

Lonnibel, I don't have any extended family living in my town so not much support. I know I need to manage my stress and laugh more.
sillylilly, wow if you take 30 mg of prevacid both at once, than no wonder you have lightheadedness.  I think that could happen with anyone as that is not the usual dose.  But, I think I should try that too, I don't think I have anything to lose as nothing has been working for me thusfar...
 
about not having extended family in your area, I completely understand.  My extended family lives in Israel and all I have living in my area is my dad (he is very tense).  I think that people who have it better just don't realize that we do the best we can with what we have...

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   Posted 12/25/2006 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I read somewhere, can't remember where I read it, but it said to take both at once because it shuts down the acid better so I tried it and it works much better than taking them separately. It doesn't affect the brain fog any differently, I seem to have that under control now. You know sometimes we are taking different herbs for something and we don't realize that all these herbs and drugs can affect each other. Anyway, you wont' feel any different taking both at once.

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   Posted 12/25/2006 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly said...
I read somewhere, can't remember where I read it, but it said to take both at once because it shuts down the acid better so I tried it and it works much better than taking them separately. It doesn't affect the brain fog any differently, I seem to have that under control now. You know sometimes we are taking different herbs for something and we don't realize that all these herbs and drugs can affect each other. Anyway, you wont' feel any different taking both at once.
Thanks for that suggestion, sillylilly.  I know that I really should also consult a doc about this, but I currently don't have a GI doctor and hope to have one soon (I fired the one who was a f*#!er, of course!)...Excuse my bad language but he didn't care about my health and was extremely mean!  I have an appointment at a new place on jan. 11th so I might be on the road to having a good GI doctor...
I am still taking them one at a time, but maybe tomorrow I'll start taking them together and tell you if it works after that..I thought you need to have one at night because people tend to reflux the most at night...I do take reglan before I go to bed anyway, so it's worth trying 2 prevacids at once...Do you take them both 1/2 an hour before breakfast?  If you already said when you take it, I'll just look at the discussion again and find what you wrote.  Sorry for the repeated questions!
I hope you're having a merry christmas (if you don't celebrate christmas, then I hope you're having a happy holiday!)...
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   Posted 12/26/2006 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sillylilly and friendlygal,

I hope you don't mind me jumping into the conversation... I have been having really bad problems lately too. I am also on Prevacid, and have been for years. I used to be on 15's twice a day, and about 4 years ago, I was put on 30's twice a day. Last year my primary doc added Reglan along with both doses for a short time, and that helped me a lot with the pain I was having, and the "lump-in-the-throat" feeling subsided for a while. Now it's back worse than ever. I was able to go down to 1 30 a day without any Reglan for about a year, but for the past month, I've been so bad... can't sleep through the night, in constant pain, haven't been able to make it through work a whole day in a long time.I've been seeing my primary doc for the recent events, because the specialists are so expensive, and last year had to have the works, colonoscopy, endoscopy, etc, and don't want to go through that again anytime soon. I was wondering... you were talking about splitting your doses. My prevacid is capsules... can you do that? I have never tried taking it all at once, but I wonder if it would make any difference. I'm waiting on results from gallbladder testing now... so I don't really know what's going on with me.

Well, just wanted to say hi, and let you know that I'm in the same boat.

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   Posted 12/26/2006 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Tangerine bear, hope you get better and find out what exactly is going on...

I still split my doses today, afterall (mine are 30 mg capsules).  I've never even heard of a doctor saying to take them both at once.  I think that yoghurt helped me with the lump in the throat the past two days.

I"ll let you know if I end up taking them together and if there are good results.

Happy holidays and thanks for your post, friendlygal


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   Posted 12/27/2006 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I just don't know what to do most of the time with this medication. All I know is that one 30 mg capsule doesn't shut down my acid pumps and I'm in agony until I could take another one at bedtime and it still doesn't work. So I figured that since I would be taking no more than 60 mg in a 24 hour period (same dose if I split them up) that I would try taking them both at once and it works so much better. I don't know if its right, all I know is that it works. Please don't try it until you ask your doctor. According to the The Pill book, dosage for Prevacid is 30 to 120 mg a day.

I really feel for all of you with your suffering and pray that we all will be better soon. Sillylilly

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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   

thanks, sillylilly.

It's good to know that the book says you can go up to 120 mg a day.  Then I feel comfortable taking 2 at once.  My lump in the throat symptom isn't going away the way that I've been splitting them up.  so I'll try them together.  I'll just take them 1/2 an hour before breakfast...

Glad your symptoms are getting better (so it seems to be the case, when you take them both at once)...friendlygal


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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope it works for you. You know, after reading Tangerine Bear's comment, it just shows that these meds don't work forever...that our bodies begin to need more and more of this medication...that's pretty scary.

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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I should also add that I think we all can really heal ourselves of this disease if we take control of it and find what works...natural herbs or mindbody connection, etc. I really believe that these meds can make our condition worse and it's verified over and over by what we read on this site. I applaud those who have been brave enough to try a more natural method of management and cure. I know that it's not easy or painless but eventually the meds don't work anymore and then what. I'm praying that we can all get to that place of healing our bodies without drugs and I really believe we can do it.

Tangerine Bear....please let us know what happens after your testing with the gallbladder...after years on these medications, we don't know what they might cause in the way of other diseases. Many blessings to you. Sillylilly

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   Posted 12/27/2006 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly said...
I guess I should also add that I think we all can really heal ourselves of this disease if we take control of it and find what works...natural herbs or mindbody connection, etc. I really believe that these meds can make our condition worse and it's verified over and over by what we read on this site. I applaud those who have been brave enough to try a more natural method of management and cure. I know that it's not easy or painless but eventually the meds don't work anymore and then what. I'm praying that we can all get to that place of healing our bodies without drugs and I really believe we can do it.

Tangerine Bear....please let us know what happens after your testing with the gallbladder...after years on these medications, we don't know what they might cause in the way of other diseases. Many blessings to you. Sillylilly
  It's so strange that the doctors seem to think that the ONLY cure is the meds.  could they all be wrong??

sillylilly
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   Posted 12/27/2006 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Could they all be in cahoots with the drug companies. 

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   Posted 12/27/2006 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Having just visited my gastroenterologist today, I want to reply to this.  I think that most doctors are overwhelmed with seeing the great numbers of patients that they are scheduled to see, that they don't have that much time to research and read about new theories, that they rely heavily on what they've been taught, and that they are not as MOTIVATED AS WE ARE to find a cure.  We are the cutting edge of finding a cure, I think. 

My friend sent me an article of a naturopath in upstate NY that I found interesting:

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