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Apr 09, 2009
nithya
Does Prevacid causes loss of apetite?
My dd is 2.5 months old, and has been on prevacid for 3 weeks now, and we feel the reflux is under control now for the past few days.. But now she doesnt seem to get hungry and is going very long hrs before she wants to eat. We also thicken her feeds using oatmeal cereal. Other side effects are much thicker stools, and see seems to be straining hard and struggling with the wind(apologies for TMI) . Are these common with Prevacid ? Any suggestions to help ease the discomforts of my LO?
Apr 10, 2009
jeddsmommy
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
If the dose is really high then it can suppress appetite becaue there will NOT be enough acid IN the stomach to digest foods.

We suspect that this was causing Jedd's DGE issues. Delayed emptying that is. He had to be on a high dose so we had NO choice. But we saw drastic differences in his leftovers (residuals) when we checked gastric drainage from his G tube when he was on and off meds. It was amazing. Really it was. It was like our own little test to prove I wasn't crazy.

I googled, DGE (delayed Gastric Emptying) and PPIs or Prilosec and found a boat load of articles written about how a high dose of a PPI can CAUSE drastic slowness. Which in turn will cause a child to not want to eat. I mean, who wants to eat when their food is still in there from the last meal.

Apr 10, 2009
nithya
Guess I am going to breakdown sometime soon.. I dont seem to know what the problem is anymore.... Today she just doesnt want to eat, and I am not sure if the reflux is bad today or the wind that is irritating her or she is plain not getting hungry !!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 10, 2009
jeddsmommy
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
We did a combo of Prilosec with a motility drug like Erythromycin to combat the delayed emptying. It worked for us. We also made each and every food we gave Jedd count. He was on high calorie formula from around 7 weeks old. When we started solids in his feeding tube we did high cal stuff as well. Even now, we get the most bang for out buck even though he takes it orally.

Big hugs, could it be that the reflux is NOT under control yet??? Are you still seeing any reflux symptoms. What is her current weight and current dosage of her meds?? How are you giving the meds and when are you giving them to her???

All those things can factor in in how affective the meds will be fighting her GER.

Apr 11, 2009
nithya
she is on prevacid 7.5 mg 2x daily. med on empty stomach and 30 before meal. she is around 11 lbs now(11th week). This is the end of 3rd week of prevacid. I felt the last 6 days she didnt fight the bottle. Today, the evening feeding was an episode of screaming at the bottle and never seemed to ask for food herself even hrs after a feeding.
Apr 11, 2009
mommato3
It can take a couple more weeks to see the FULL effect of Prevacid and in the meantime as it is beginning to work you will prob. have ups and downs. Hang in there. After another couple weeks if you don't see a huge improvement I would call the doc.
Check with your
doctor first!