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Sep 12, 2008
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
Prevacid Liquid
I was wondering if there is any big deal difference between the Prevacid solutab and Prevacid liquid. My ped. GI wants to increase Katie's morning dose from 15mg to 22.5 mg. Pharmacy says the solutabs only come in 15mg and 30mg. So the 22.5 dose will have to be liquid.

Gosh I hate when I have to change something.

Is there any reason I should be leary of the liquid form or is it just the same.

Thanks, sorry I think I have been posting a lot.

Sep 12, 2008
jedd'smommy
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jedd
Do you mean compounding it???

If so I wouldn't do that with PRevacaid. It isn't very stable after it has been compounded.

Sep 12, 2008
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
O.K. now I am really worried about how much my doctor knows about this stuff! The pharmacy just called and said there is no such thing as a prevacid liquid. 15mg and 30mg solutabs and capsules is it.

so why would she prescribe 22.5mg

this is a little disconcerting

Sep 12, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Sebastian was on the capsules (no solutabs) for about four months. He is now on the suspension. He takes 5ml twice a day, which is the equivalent of 15mg twice a day in capsule form. We have it compounded every two weeks and until this week, it has worked as well as the capsules for us (well, better actually, because he was on food and a mess when he was on capsules...). I have to pay two copays by getting it done every two weeks, but at least I know it is stable because it works for Sebastian...
Sep 12, 2008
babymomma1
Mom to Peter - 10 months old with reflux on prevacid and dairy allergy
We were on compounded Prevacid for a good while. I had to pick it up every week (which is a total pain, they say its good for 2 weeks, but MARCI-KIDS says it isn't) and it needs to be refrigerated. It goes bad very easily when left out of the fridge even for an hour (which we had happen and the pharmacist said it should be fine, but it was aparent within a few days that it wasn't working and we had to go through the 10 day stint of getting it to work again). If we went out for the day we had to pack a cooler to keep it cold and I would freak out and refill it with ice all the time because I was afraid it wouldn't stay cold enough to be effective. Finally, it seemed to stop working all together and we ended up switching to solutabs even though it increased his dose slightly.

Why don't you try giving 1 and 1/2 solutabs. They break easily and 1/2 of 15mg is 7.5, which if you gave 1 and 1/2 tabs would be 22.5 exactly! No mess, no refrigeration, no gazillion trips to the one compounding pharmacy remotely close to your house and no worries!

Sep 12, 2008
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
I totally agree. I keep asking why I can't just split a 15mg and give that to her with the 15mg. They keep saying that you can't split the solutabs. THat it doesn't stay good once it is out of the little wrapper and also that you don't get the full affect unless the whole pill is taken.

I know that I have read about mom's that split the solutabs.

I am nervous to do the compounding.

Sep 12, 2008
shayp
My name is Stefani. I'm a mommy to two awesome kids, Aidan 03/02/06 no refluxer and Athena 05/28/08 the refluxer. I'm trying to figure things out.
My daughter is on the liquid form and has no problems with it. She did when she was 2 weeks old made her a little loopy. Now she is 3 1/2 months and does fine with it. The only hard thing about it is keeping her from not spitting it out. You can tell she doesn't like the taste of it so I give her a bottle right after. Hope the info helps
Sep 12, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
Well, I hate to disagree with your doctor, but my dd was on split solutabs the whole time (per her doctor's instruction) and we never had any problems. We just had to keep the other half in a dry place (we put it in a pill keeper). A pill splitter should work just fine. Hope you don't have to move to the compounded liquid - what a PIA.
Sep 12, 2008
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Just to add my two cents (I'm not sure it's worth that much with inflation anyway) from all opinions I've sought here AND the pedi, GE, and pharmacist, you CAN split the solutab, then keep the unused portion in foil sealed in an airtight bag for the next use. Worked fine for us.

All compounds or reconstituted meds are unstable - prilosec, prevacid, etc all need refrigeration, and if the compounding isn't done correctly, they're useless. Find a TRUE compounding pharmacy (not rite aid, eckerd, target, etc) and they'll tell you what is what. The one we use for the pepcid is called Medicap - they're nationwide, but scattered.

Sep 12, 2008
nicholas'smom
We have the compounded Prevacid and it works great for Nicholas. We do have to pick it up every two weeks, but that's no biggy as our pharmacy is in the grocery store and we feel like we live there. You should not have to pay two co-pays if your script was for a months supply. We only pay once for every two pick-ups. You should check with your pharmacist. The compounded sounds much simpler than the solutabs, if you ask me.
Sep 12, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
Ok, we split the 15 mg up into thirds so you can split it. The only problem is some days she gets a little under 11.5 and the next a little over 11.5. Since it is designed to melt it crumbles a little easier than regular pills. Then I just take the crumbles and put it on a spoon with a little water and she takes that too. The suspension goes bad way too fast; our pharmacist said two weeks tops and that is in the refrigerator.
Sep 12, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
What about splitting the 30 mg into thirds (22 mg)? It may end up costing you or insurance more because you are going through it much faster but if you move to suspension you will get a new bottle every two weeks anyway.
Sep 12, 2008
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
I love Katie's new picture it is adorable.

I honestly don't know what I would do without this site. It is a dream come true to have a question and in a matter of a day have a host of wonderful ideas.

I need to go with splitting the pills I sure hope the GI will buy into it.

Check with your
doctor first!