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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board


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Two months ago I was doubling up with GERD and IBS symptoms. Breathlessness, racing heart beat, sweating profusely, stomach pains, nausea, diarrhea, unable to sleep, ......all were there. Went to the doctor and I was given Nexpro which is the equivalent of Nexium and other drugs like Mebeverine Hydrochloride, Domperidon and antiacids. My prescription was to use for 3.5 months 80mg Nexpro (Nexium). At 5-6 weeks my symptoms went down significantly and I was quite alright. Just a bit of bloating but nothing serious. At the same time I found out (I was NOT told by the doctor) about the addictive nature of Nexium. 7th week since my symptoms have settled I started to tail off the medication. Now, I believe I am experiencing acid rebound. I'm on my 8th week. All of a sudden the chest pains, sore throat, cramps, breathlessness re-appeared. Less severe still when compared with how I went to the doctor initially. But they appeared, just like that. This took only 2 days to come back if not even a bit earlier after I started the tailing off process. I didn't STOP the Nexium cold. Not yet...just starting to go from 80mg to 60mg (stayed there for 2 days to see any effect, nothing happened) then down from 60 mg to 40 mg and there, it all started. Maybe I tailed this off too soon thinking it was safe because I didn't have a reaction. They do say that some people don't have the rebound so I thought I might be one of those.

But in my 8th week which is now, when acid rebound is occuring, I haven't gone back to increasing the Nexium dose. I am still hanging on at 40 mg a day and using antiacids to combat the acid and also a good diet. It is hard though and worrying too but I don't think there is another option. My doctor is unavailable. I doubt there is a point in visiting him since he didn't even mention the possibility of an acid rebound. Had he said, I'd have chosen my drugs differently. I nearly got sent to a CT scan.....by MISTAKE. Would you believe it? Fortunately for me I questioned this a second time and discovered that it was a confusion with another patient!!!! So, how can I trust to get help by going back there......
:-(

If you have any information to share about acid rebound, how long it lasted, what helped you etc, I'd greatly appreciate it. My greatest concern is that I might end up where I started off, i.e. stomach getting damaged again with all this acid that is coming out. I hope this will only be for a few days because I've not been on the drug for 'too long' as it is. I've read though that even 4-6 weeks is enough to cause a rebound of acid in some individuals. :confused:

Thanks!





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