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Apr 09, 2009
I have 3 boys, youngest has gerd, 18 months of no sleep. Prevacid 2x/7.5 mg thinking of switching to prilosec.
too scared to wean off prevacid!
Hi mamas. Our ped recommended weaning off prevacid. My son is 2 and is doing OK, I think, reflux wise. But I am too chicken. I've read posts regarding weaning and the stories all seem remorseful at best! I get the feeling we are stuck with this forever! Are there any successful med weans? My son still wakes up 3-4 times- which is a vast improvement. He nurses and I sleep with him. I think I will try sleeping in my own bed first and see if I can get better sleep for a while. Then try weaning off the meds. It has been such a long, tough, foggy, sleep deprived road. My son has learned that "screaming" gets what he wants. He is very impatient and demands to have things instantly. I think he was born this way. Ugh. He is like a grumpy sargent. Not a very motherly way of looking at my two year old!
Apr 09, 2009
Adriane Reese 05/16/07; seemingly healthy when born; diagnosed with MSPI, severe Reflux, Apnea, Ashtma, Epilepsy, and severe food allergies(rice, corn, milk, soy, eggs, oats, wheat, beef, chicken, squash, pumpkin, avocado, etc.);On apnea monitor, seems to be tolerating RCF w/carbohydrate mixed in; on Zyrtec, Xopenex, Prevacid
Our youngest aren't very far apart in age and Adriane acts very similar and we think she was born that way also. Not that she can't be sweet it is just easier for her not to. If he is still waking at night I would be leary of a med wean also. We are having those nights lately and my doc just upped our dosage.

I think you have a good idea on trying to stop co-sleeping first if that is something you need to do. I think you will get a better quality of sleep that way. It will be easier to handle if the wean doesn't work if you are all well rested. I don't know if any of this makes sense but in the end you have to follow you gut!

Apr 09, 2009
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:
UGh I lost my whole post, here goes again...LOL
You don't necessarily come off of meds all together. First off you GI should probably be handling this if you have one.

Here's what we did: Jedd was on a PPI (Prilosec) since he was about 10 weeks old. Up until at least 2 years old. We decided that we would wean down in med classes instead of taking away the meds all together.

We started out doing Prilosec in the P.M. to give him relief while sleeping and then add in Axid in the a.m. This worked really well and we did that for about 3-4 months. We finally just went for it and did the Axid full time and he did wonderfully.

We did recently try to do Zantac full time but it did NOT go well at all. The GI and I really can't explain this at all. Both meds are very very similar in nature and it really shouldn't make THAT much of a difference but it does for Jedd. We did the Zantac for a full month. In that month's time we had to raise the bed back up to 30 degrees and we lost cals during they day as his toleration levels dropped we had to back off on feeds. And we were still seeing vomits and hiccups and coughing.

Within a week of being back on Axid full time we were back to full amounts of calories being taken and seeing a drastic decrease in vomiting and other GERD symptoms. I was amazed. Really I was. There is no really obvious reason why. But we can tell by his symptoms that for right now, Axid it is...LOL

He's ill right now so we are hoping that once he bounces back to his old self he will go back to doing great. Which he should.

So, if you are scared I'd try a partial wean to a different class of meds. It has worked out great for us. We won't do a full wean OFF meds until Jedd has the verbal skills to TELL us how he feels when he doesn't take them. We have had a really really rough time with GERD and don't want to take any chances at all, so we are REALLY conservative as is Jedd's GI.

Apr 09, 2009
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!
Our fully successful wean was when I made sure she had no signs of teething, no illness, etc.....We dropped the Pepcid first for 2 months and then I cut her dose by 3/4 for 3-4 weeks, then to 1/2 for another did take 3 times, but my dd's been off meds for over 2 months now with no problems. And when we weaned and were unsuccessful, it wasn't like starting back at square one - we had the meds and knew the signs to watch for.

It can be done - I swear! I was nervous as well. But I think sleep training is also very important, so I agree with doing that first. Be prepared for some rough nights, but just encourage him to be a big boy and I think you'll be okay. HUGS and good luck!

Apr 09, 2009
ethan's mom
Mom to Ethan, born 4/23/08. Diagnosed with Reflux at about 1 month, started medicating with Zantac, which wasn't helpful for us. At about 2.5 months, we started on Prevacid, twice a day, and that is working much better.
Ethan is breastfed and has a few solids that he is enjoying very much.
We are currently in the process of a so far successful bed wean for my nearly 1 year old son. Compared to others here, we dealt with a mild version of reflux, though it kicked my butt.

Ethan still wakes several times each night, though it doesn't seem to be reflux related. Just wanting to nurse, see mommy, who knows.

I'm feeling positive about the possibility that he will be finished with this chapter soon. We had to have pressure from our doc to start the process, but so far I am glad we are trying. I think you should follow your heart, assess the symptoms, and fight for what you think is the right thing, if necessary. HTH

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