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May 08, 2009
mommy2d&h
Prevacid ineffective
Hi everyone, I have a question about Prevacid. My son (6 weeks now) has been on Prevacid for 4 weeks. Unfortunately, we haven't seen progress. I have currently been on an elimination diet of the major allergens for 4 days - sometimes I think I see improvement and then other times it is terrible again, but I know I need to give it more time! I called the GI's office and spoke with a nurse (my son has an appointment next week!!!) and she consulted with the doctor who said that I could stop Prevacid since it has been this long and hasn't worked. What I am wondering is if anyone has had experience with one PPI not working, but has switched to another and found relief. Should I take the Prevacid not working as a sign that his symptoms aren't reflux? Hope this makes sense!!
May 08, 2009
mommy2k
I don't have any advice but just wanted to let you know that we're going through the same exact issues. The GI told us to take our son off of his meds if they weren't working. He thinks it's a milk protein allergy. I see good results as well and then other days are a little worse. Well good luck! I hope you find the right remedy to the problem.
May 08, 2009
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.
It could be that he is not on a high enough dose to give him the relief that he needs. What dose is he on? Also, splitting the dose into am and pm can help a lot.

You may also need an H2 blocker like Zantac until the Prevacid kicks in

It could also be that Prevacid is not the medicine for him. Many moms have had better results with Nexium and Prilosec.

I am curious, why he would have you take him off of it right now when you have an appt. in a week and could discuss all of your options.

May 08, 2009
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
So, did they diagnose him with reflux by doing a trial run of the PPI? A lot of these kids metabolize these meds quickly and require higher doses than the initial one they are starte don. My daughter (who is 4) is actually on the same dose of Prevacid as I am... she just breaks it down quickly and the lower dose did nothing for her symptoms. She is like a whole new child on the higher dose.

Has your son had any testing done? If you are eliminating foods, trying a PPI and are not seeing improvement it might be time to have some testing done.

There are other PPI's out there, like Julie mentioned, that might work better for him. You may need something for breakthrough pain that works more quickly until the PPI kicks in. Some kids do well with something like Maalox, Carafate or even Zantac until the PPI has a chance to work.

Is he also constipated or have weird (green, bloody or mucousy) stools?
May 08, 2009
mommy2d&h
Thanks, ladies, for your responses. I really appreciate your feedback. I'll try and answer some of your questions. He initially was put on the Prevacid solutabs at 7.5 mg 1/day, but that was bumped up to 7.5 mg 2/day about 2 1/2 weeks ago... Even though the doctor said I could discontinue the medicine, I have decided to keep him on it until our appointment next week. I would like him to be familiar with the whole situation before I take him off everything... He hasn't had any testing done yet, but I'm wondering if the GI might want to do some. Initially, our pediatrician just decided to do a trial of Prevacid given his symptoms... His stools did test positive for blood, but after a few weeks of me being DF, his stools tested negative. However, they are still usually diahhrea, green, and sometimes mucousy.... This is such a complicated puzzle, as I'm sure you all know!!
May 09, 2009
lindy wyatt
We first started Adeline out on Axid. Worked great for awhile and then slowly stopped. Moved onto prevacid and that worked wonderfully. Eventually she started to get really congested and it slowly stopped working. We tried Zantac for a couple of days and that did not work! Moved onto compounded prilosec and she has been on that for four months, the longest. We have tried a lot of different things, but the prilosec has been the best for her.
May 09, 2009
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I would wait and see what the GI has to say. Seems like he exhibits symptoms of food allergy and reflux. Hopefully the can find a good combo of things that will help him to feel better soon. ((HUGS)) to you. Let us know how it goes.
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