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Old 08-04-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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Suffering with GERD, looking for help

Hello all, I'm Cody.

I'm only 23, but have been suffering with GERD/Hiatal hernia for four years now.

I do well on Prevacid OTC, but am told I can only take it two weeks at a time. The rest of the time, I take Pantoprazole 20 MG which doesn't seem to work for me.

The last couple of weeks, I'm rarely hungry, bloated and have stomach pain pretty much all day. Also, my face feels flush often.

What's worse, I think I had a panic attack the other night.

Are these symptoms normal and are their ways to cope with it?

Thank you.

 
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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Re: Suffering with GERD, looking for help

If Prevacid works best for you, there's no reason you can't take it all the time. To switch back and forth from a drug that works to one that doesn't is a very strange treatment plan!

 
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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If Prevacid works best for you, there's no reason you can't take it all the time. To switch back and forth from a drug that works to one that doesn't is a very strange treatment plan!
I was told Prevacid is only to be used in two week long treatment plans, and that continued use can cause problems. I may call my doctor and tell him what I was told by the pharmacists.

 
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No, that's not it. You aren't supposed to take the OTC version for more than 2 weeks without a doctor's permission. If you NEED it for more than 2 weeks, it's a sign you need to get checked out.

Pantoprazole is almost exactly the same kind of medicine as Prevacid. You may as well take the one that works best!

 
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:05 PM   #5
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Re: Suffering with GERD, looking for help

Thanks for the advice Jane.

If I start suffering again tomorrow I'll call and explain the situation to my doctor. I hate feeling like I'm taking up the time of somebody who is extremely ill, which is why I rarely call the doc.

Probably dumb on my part!

 
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