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Mar 24, 2009
nithya
Hi All - new here. What to expect from Prevacid ?
Hi all, Appreciate your support and help in advance, I am totally frustrated and confused abt what to expect out of Prevacid and whether or not it is working. Here is my story. DD was dx'ed with AR at 6 weeks and was put on Zantac. 4th day after zantac we noticed some improvement, and it got better for the next 4 days.... But from there on the reflux symptoms came back with a vengeance.. Dr put her on Prevacid 9mg 1x daily... Today is the 7th day of Prevacid. Yesterday was wonderful, and we were all getting our hopes that infact Prevacid is going to be the solution for us. She did not show any discomfort during a feeding and taking in 3oz every 3 - 3.5 hrs.... After what felt like ages we had one full day without all the screams and crying during feeding. But again today since 5 AM feeding she seems to be getting it back, and is not taking more than 1.5 oz at every feeding.. Although she didnt protest and fight the bottle like she usually does. I am all worked up again. My question is, when Prevacid has worked for many of your kids, did it always be gradual improvement, or did you notice such setbacks along the way? Should I be concerned again and take her to the doc imme. or wait for a few more days to see if there is a pattern. Please help. DD's AR symptoms : (She is a silent refluxer, and never shows too much discomfort after feeding, and generally not too fussy other than the feeding time. She screams and kicks her legs during feeding.. Esp. after she has sucked and swallowed a little bit.. And we do not have any family history of allergies to any kind of food..) PS : Apologies on the long post.
Mar 24, 2009
nithya
Forgot to add, it is Prevacid Solutabs .
Mar 24, 2009
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
Prevacid is an acid blocker where Zantac is not. It is a stronger drug and sounds like it works well for your child...basically it does not stop the refluxin,g just the refluxing of tummy acid that burns her esophagus and tastes horrible (hence the screaming, arching and refusing). Prevaid can take a full two weeks to get working regularly, so I would give it some more time. It works for many many children, but there are always a few kids who do better on another PPI like Prilosec. We have been on Prevacid for about a year now and I have missed one does i that time and I regretted it SO much...it became very clear quickly that my son needs it to this day. Truth is that although my son's acid was controlled and i stopped having to force the bottle (yes I know that was bad, but what did I know) he STILL never took much at a time...many many refluxers are snackers...My son is 18 months old and does best with 2-3 ounces every 10 minues or so...too much and SOMETHING is coming back up. You may find that your child is like that, too. Their tummies just aren't equipped to handle large amounts. I hope things continue to get better!
Mar 24, 2009
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
For what it's worth, my son had a great week his first week on Prevacid. Then, right about day 7, he suddenly got much worse! Then he gradually got a tiny bit better each day. It took a full 6 weeks before things were going well....that's just our experience, and my son was 11 years old at the time. It's not unheard of for it to take awhile, or for it to be worse before it's better. I'd still take her in, though, if you're worried or if she's losing weight. It can't hurt, and if you're worried about her it might put your mind at ease. Don't give up on the Prevacid yet, but certainly watch for how she's doing and keep in touch with her dr! For sure, smaller feedings more often seem to work with a lot of reflux kids. My son (even at 11 yrs old!) is that way. We just feed him as often as he wants all day long, and figure that he probably won't eat a huge meal at any point but will get enough food as long as he's always 'grazing'. I hope she gets better soon, reflux is miserable but it's nice to be able to commiserate with other reflux moms here!
Mar 24, 2009
abbysmom
Andrea: Mom to 3 crazy girls!
Jackie (3/01)
Payton (9/03)
Abby (4/06) Prevacid 7.5mg (evening), MSPI, goats milk (currently trying to wean off Prevacid)
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Yes, def give the Prevacid time. But also you might want to ask the dr about giving it twice per day as babies metabolize meds quicker than adults so they get more of a relief getting it twice per day. Also, make sure that you are giving it on an empty stomach and wait 30mins to feed. If the meds come into contact with food in the stomach it can break down the medication before it makes it to the proton pumps, thus making it less effective. Also, Abby was started on 7.5mg per day but we didn't see any decrease in symptoms until it was upped to 7.5mg 2x's per day.
Mar 24, 2009
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!
I agree with everyone. How do you cut the tab to 9 mg? My dd was started on 11.25 mg (3/4 of a tab) It took a long time for us to see good effects (2 weeks for the screaming to slow down, 8 weeks until I had a happy girl), but got better every day with it. It takes a while to build up in their system.
Mar 24, 2009
nithya
Thanks a ton for all the invaluable inputs.. Will be a bit more patient with the med.... Yes, I strictly follow the 30 mins before meal, keep her elevated for atleast 45 mins after each feed, and a 30 deg angle in the bed. I roughly break the solutab into half (7.5 mg) and add a tad bit more for the remaining 1.5 mg. Its only an approximation that I work on.. Will def talk to her doc about doing a 7.5 2x daily.. Will it be too much for a 9 wk old baby ?
Mar 24, 2009
abbysmom
Andrea: Mom to 3 crazy girls!
Jackie (3/01)
Payton (9/03)
Abby (4/06) Prevacid 7.5mg (evening), MSPI, goats milk (currently trying to wean off Prevacid)
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Abby was on 15mg (7.5mg 2x's day) at 6wks. We were lucky that we never had to increase it. She is now only on 7.5mg at bedtime. Going to wean this dose away in the next few months.
Mar 25, 2009
toby's mom
Also new here, looking for support
Hi all- I have an 18 week old that has been on Zantac since he was about 6 weeks old... it worked for awhile, but now I think it isn't- despite increasing in dosing. Toby doesn't sleep well at night (frequent waking) spits up frequently, hours after feedings (he is exclusively breast fed) arches, and certainly prefers to "stand" or be upright. He does not enjoy laying down on his back or his tummy, and I have noticed lately that when I do put him down on his tummy- he often wet burps- an audible burp followed by spit up. Toby also recently had the flu, and now this week is draining from his eye and nose... anyone else experiencing cold/flu like symptoms that turned out to really be a reflux issue?
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