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Jun 10, 2009
On to Prevacid
Well, Joshua's reflux check went better today, Dr. K was rushed but attentive and he actually SAW him "*gulp**gulp**cough**gag* WAAHHHHH!" which was awesome."Yup, that's classic reflux." I told him that Zantac helps but not 100% he still screams when anybody else holds him and is a really poor napper. (for whatever reason he sleeps well at night, I haven't figured out why, but if hes not in-arms for a nap he wakes up within 10-15 minutes bawling.) Mommy is tired! (I know you all understand!) So he moved him up to Prevacid as he's already on the max dose of Zantac. How do people with bad/no insurance afford this???>My GENERIC Zantac was $135- for one month! (if I didn't have insurance.) I haven't picked up the Prevacid solutabs yet so no idea how much "good insurance" is saving us. How does this stuff work anyway?? Any long-term effects? Thanks! Bianca
Jun 10, 2009
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 definitely works for a lot of kids and yes it can get very expensive. If it turns out to be super expensive, work with your insurance company to find out what PPIs are covered for children. If you talk to the pharmacist at the insurance company they should be able to help you.

You can take that info to the Dr. to get a new script.

Jun 10, 2009
What Dr. K are you talking about? We have seen a Dr. K as well. That's great he saw him reflux. My 7 month old takes 15 mg twice a day of Prevacid (high dose) that we worked up to until we finally found a dose that he found some relief on. He has had a lot of testing done though prior to being on this dose. I'm sure you know this but give it on an empty stomach and wait 20-30 minutes and feed then. Prevacid is extremely expensive and without insurance I don't know who could afford it but it is one good drug.
Jun 11, 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!
If it helps, Prevacid will be moved to the next tier this November (the patent runs out) and will be a little cheaper, as it will be considered generic. I'd say call Tap Pharmaceuticals to see if they can issue some samples though your MD, or see if you MD has some samples. We got a couple of months worth that way. You can also plead your case with your insurance company, though it may be better through your doc.
Jun 11, 2009
My insurance should cover it, I was just wondering what the cost would be if we didn't have insurance, KWIM? I hope J likes this stuff better than the Zantac! What are the big side effects that you guys notice? Haven't noticed much on Zantac but he's gassy and it STIIIIINKS! He's EBF so it's surprising. Thanks. :)
Jun 16, 2009
My daughter was on prevacid also and until just in the last few weeks we tried the solutabs. Issues with people on mixing the meds the correct way. So our GI doctor wants us to try the solutabs because that way your child gets the correct does each time. My daughter is tube fed and we couldn't use the solutabs earlier because it wouldn't go down her small tube. When we switched she did sleep most of the night and I see a little better results with the solutabs. They are also alot cheaper.
Check with your
doctor first!