I just saw my doctor for hoarseness and raspiness that I have had over the past couple of weeks. I read aloud to people and found that the past couple of weeks I have been getting hoarse and my voice was getting raspy. I researched a few things online (probably the worst thing to do) and decided to see my doctor.
He said everything he checked was okay but he referred me to an ENT doctor to take a better look. It will take at least two months to get to see a specialist.
HOWEVER, my doctor wanted to change my current prescription for GERD (yes I've had that for years) from omeprazole (Losec) to pantoprazole (Tecta) but the same dosage. He said that sometimes when a person is on a specific drug for many years it loses its effectiveness. When I went to the pharmacy to have the Tecta filled, the pharmacist discussed with me why the doctor would do that as the two drugs are basically "brothers" (both PPI's).
Any thoughts on both the hoarseness/raspiness and/or the drug switch? My insurance doesn't cover PPI's, therefore it is quite expensive for me to switch. Or should I just wait to see the ENT doctor?