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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

Acid Reflux / GERD Board Index

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 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:


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