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Old 05-06-2011, 07:33 AM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone has heard of Dexilant? I just had an endoscopy, and the Doc gave me a new pill named Dexilant 60 mg. It may not be new, but I had never heard of it before. I have had acid reflux since 1981 and it just kept getting worse. I could take a drink of water and get acid reflux. This new pill is a miracle to me, I have not had acid reflux since starting this pill 2 weeks ago. Another thing I learned. This is a Gastrointerologist Specialist I went to because I also had to have a Colonoscopy. I asked if there was anything he could give for Esophageal Spasms, he said they do not give anything for that, there is nothing they can give for that sorry to say. So for all of you that have these terrible spasms including myself, sorry for this part of the information
For the rest that is having a terrible time with the reflux, ask about Dexilant. It is a very strong Medicine and you should not have to take it forever. If your Doctor gives you a bad time about it, go to a specialists to get it. I cannot believe that I have suffered since 1981 and now I am suffering no more.

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Would it be effective for LPR reflux as well I wonder? I have severe GERD too but have also developed LPR, at least I think I have. All the symptoms match up and I have all of them. I've tried otc prevacid with 150mg rantidine, and it has helped but not totally. So, a new medication sounds great to me about now!

 
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I sure would consult my doctor about it. It is worth a try. Good luck. Let me know what happens.

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Sunny, I'm glad to hear that Dexilant is helping you. I just wanted to add my 2 cents... I took 60mg of Dexilant for 3 weeks, back in November. Had the worst side effects of any drug I've ever taken. I honestly thought I was going to die. Now, nearly 6 months later, I have lingering illnesses that I DID NOT have before taking the drugs!!!

I know everyone is different, and I hope it continues to work for you, but just so other people reading this thread know - there is no "miracle" pill for anything. I doubt that everyone will have the unbelievable reactions that I had to the drug (and hopefully NO ONE does), but it is possible!

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I am so sorry you had side effects. Are you taking anything now that is helping you? I don't plan on taking this too long as it does deplete all the acid and your system does need some, but I will take for 8 weeks and see how I am after that. Again, I am sorry, I know that everyone is different. Take care.

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I took Dexilant for a month. It may have helped, but it wasn't a cure-all. I didn't have any side effects, either.

 
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I am so sorry you had side effects. Are you taking anything now that is helping you? I don't plan on taking this too long as it does deplete all the acid and your system does need some, but I will take for 8 weeks and see how I am after that. Again, I am sorry, I know that everyone is different. Take care.

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Hi Sunny!

I'm not currently taking anything, other than the occasional Tums. I found that the PPIs made me very ill, and Zantac gave me really bad chest pains. I was never sensitive to meds up until now, it's strange. The thing is, I never had much heartburn or reflux before I started taking the pills. The doc asked me if I ever had heartburn, and I said I did, once in a blue moon, so I guess he just assumed that my throat problem was related... which, looking back, does make sense, but who knows. I'm doing ok these days, but the lingering problems (almost daily nausea and stomach pains) certainly weren't worth it... but life will go on

 
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Hi -

I currently take Dexilant. Although it works pretty good, I still have reflux due to my own fault. I know how far I can push myself. It's not any better than some of the others IMO.

The only side effect I had is insomnia --even worse than what I already had!

Glad it is working so well for you. Good luck!

 
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I am surprised to hear that. I have taken most of the other pills, and I have to say that Prilosec helped for a while, but then stopped working. I do watch what I eat, I know what is going to give me reflux and stay away from the foods that cause it, it just is not worth having reflux and possibly cancer down the road. I prefer a good nights sleep to one that keeps me up with reflux. I wish you luck!

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Hello everyone. I've been on Dexilant 60mg for about 2 months. I have LPR. It was helping for a while, but now I start getting an "acid backup" a couple of hours after I take it and my stomach hurts a couple of hours later also. It seems as if the Zantac 150 I take at night helps more. I don't know if the Dexilant has just stopped working or what. I've placed a call to my ENT and am hoping they get back to me sometime today. *** This all started back in February. Sore throat, globus feeling, can't swallow solids, etc. Still can't swallow solids. Have lost 40 pounds since February. Which is good for me because I'm overweight anyway.

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I've taken Dexilant since fall 2008. What's nice about it is that with the dual delay release I was able to go from years of taking PPI's twice per day to taking the Dexilant once per day. I actually went from taking the Prevacid 30mg Solutabs twice a day to the Dexilant 60mg with the same amount of success.

Did you know there is a manufacturers coupon for an up to $55 instant rebate? You can find a copy on the internet. It makes my co-pay much more affordable and the coupon currently works through the end of the year so I have quite a few months left. My pharmacist keeps it on file for me which is nice.

There are other members on this board who have had success with Dexilant and take it regularly.

I'm glad to hear of yoru success. It is interesting how different PPI's work differently for addressing acid reflux symptoms.
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Good to hear from you MountainReader, also good to hear that it is working for you. I was beginning to get a little concerned about it, thinking maybe it was going to start giving me some of those side effects people talk about. So really nice to have a Positive feedback and yes I did have the coupon for the discount, thanks for the tip

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