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I"m new to this board but not to GERD. I'm 38 and always had a nervous stomach (I was the kid who was always too sick to go to school!) GERD showed it's head in my body about 5 years ago and runs in my family. This latest episode started around Christmas and is still hanging on! My symptoms were typical (chest pains, acid taste with sore throats, lots of belching, etc) but this time it developed into ENT symptoms (headaches, face pain, ear pain, etc). I've also lost 13 pounds since Christmas (NOT a welcome loss!) due to anxiety and severe nausea at times.

Previously whe I had acid problems the family dr put me on Prilosec and that worked fine. For this episode, it didn't touch it. So they tried Protonix which worked but gave me terrible stomach pains and gas! Finally the put me on Prevacid once and day but it seemed to wear off by dinner time and symptoms would return. So I did Prevacid in the am and Zantac in the pm. That seemed to work fairly well and it seemed that my tummy was starting to feel hungry again. :)

I finally saw a Gastro specialist yesterday because I want to feel normal again and he put me on 2 Prevacid a day (one in the am and one in the pm) along with zelnorm 2x a day AND he demanded I take a xanax before bed each night.

So, I take my second Prevacid last night at dinner time and I felt terrible! Awful headache started (which I still have today!) and severe nausea kept me up some of the night PLUS I got kinda dizzy too. It was awful. I was feeling so much better on one Prevacid and day and a Zantac! I'm so mad today that he put me on 2 a day (plus the other stuff too!) Anyways... I'm not sure what to do. Should I go back on the Prev in the am and the Zantac in the pm? I know I need to inform the Gastro dr but today is SAturday! ARGH!

On another note: I have a upper scope scheduled for Thursday and an ultrasound for the following week to rule out any complications...

Any advice or personal experiences would be very welcome right now!
[QUOTE=feistygirl77]Previously whe I had acid problems the family dr put me on Prilosec and that worked fine. For this episode, it didn't touch it. So they tried Protonix which worked but gave me terrible stomach pains and gas! Finally the put me on Prevacid once and day but it seemed to wear off by dinner time and symptoms would return. So I did Prevacid in the am and Zantac in the pm. That seemed to work fairly well and it seemed that my tummy was starting to feel hungry again. :)

I finally saw a Gastro specialist yesterday because I want to feel normal again and he put me on 2 Prevacid a day (one in the am and one in the pm) along with zelnorm 2x a day AND he demanded I take a xanax before bed each night.

So, I take my second Prevacid last night at dinner time and I felt terrible! Awful headache started (which I still have today!) and severe nausea kept me up some of the night PLUS I got kinda dizzy too. It was awful. I was feeling so much better on one Prevacid and day and a Zantac! I'm so mad today that he put me on 2 a day (plus the other stuff too!) Anyways... I'm not sure what to do. Should I go back on the Prev in the am and the Zantac in the pm? I know I need to inform the Gastro dr but today is SAturday! ARGH!

On another note: I have a upper scope scheduled for Thursday and an ultrasound for the following week to rule out any complications...

Any advice or personal experiences would be very welcome right now![/QUOTE]

That's quite a drug cocktail your doctor has you on. Personally I found a Prevacid in the am and a Zantac in the pm much less effective than just a prevacid in the am. For me two prevacids work very well. It is possible that the other meds (zelnorm and xanax) are causing your problems, not the increased prevacid dose. Your symptons are mentioned as possible side effects of zelnorm on rxlist.com. They are also possible side effects on xanax. I would see a GI specialist if I were you. In the meantime you could try takign just the two prevacids.





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