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Old 09-23-2007, 06:01 AM   #1
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Medication for Acid Reflux

Has anyone taken Protonix? Can you possibly share with us your personal turnaround time for improvement for acid reflux with this medicine? I just started taking it on Friday night. It also really makes me sleepy. Does anyone else get this side effect? Also, can you take Tums for minor heartburn with Protonix or should I check with my doctor first?

Can hiatal hernias be painless? As stated in previous thread, I have symptoms of Acid Reflux/Gerd (belching, minor heartburn, loss of appetite, EXTREME stress) however I have no chest pain at all and I noticed most everyone with a hiatal hernia has had some type of chest pain and trouble breathing. Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Medication for Acid Reflux


I was just diagnosed with a sliding hiatal hernia and an acid reflux. I had horrible problems breathing, my number one complaint for months, compounded by my medications, which included (still do) the beta blockers.
To make a long story short, I suspected a hernia as I was able to see and feel a hard lump there most of the time. I had very little acid backing up though.
I am currently on Nexium for 3 months minimum. I was told to use one of the over the counter antacids before any exertion to help with the breathing. I forget which one. Anyway, scrap that as I am going back to work after 10 months and I won't be taking excessive amounts of antacids indefinitely just to be able to breathe. I'll have to find a way to function without it. I have had no notable side-effects on Nexium. I can breathe so much better already.
My hiatal hernia has been painless for the most part. I suspect I've had it since my first pregnancy, as I had such a big baby. If anything, I get pains in the stomach area. Like someone hit me there with a sledgehammer. Usually after I go to bed. Whether or not I ate anything. All I take is some pills at bedtime, so maybe that's what sometimes causes it. I don't know. I have an insomnia from the meds anyway. I felt an immediate improvement after starting the Nexium. Rightaway. Nausea gone for the most part, and my breathing improved.


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Re: Medication for Acid Reflux

I have taken Protonix. I didn't notice a difference when I took Protonix until I'd been on it for about a week.

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