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Aug 11, 2010
kavyamom
prilosec capsule not suiting. Should I try longer or switch to prevacid capsule?
Just wanted some advice. I have tried the prilosec capsule for 2 days now and Kavya's sleep has gotten much worse. She has gone from her usual 2 hour nap to 1 hour and with the 13 safe foods+zantac she can at least usually get one 3 hour stretch at night...last 2 nights with the prilosec she has been getting up every hour or two and squirming, kicking, gas, more congested reflux sound than usual, and maybe ab pain. Either prilosec doesn't suit her or could it be the medicine hasn't started working yet? Maybe I should give her Mylanta for a few days and continue giving the prilosec a chance to work or should I just ask to switch to prevacid capsule (that is the only thing I haven't tried yet). She did horrible with prevacid solutab for 2 weeks but maybe the capsule would be better. Nexium didn't suit her either. I am going to leave a msg for the GI as well. I have been going on 2 to 3 hrs sleep every night for the last 20 months and it just sucks :-(
Aug 11, 2010
kavyamom
Talked to the GI and wondering about timing
The GI wants me to try the prilosec for a few more days. What we are trying to figure out is whether Prilosec doesn't suit Kavya or whether the medicine hasn't started working yet. In the meantime she said that I could continue to give the full does of zantac. Have any of you ever done this? So, Kavya would be taking 2 mls of zantac twice a day (4mls total which is the max for her weight) + the prilosec 10 mg.

I know I have to give the zantac and Prilosec 4 hours apart (accord. to Marci-kids) but not sure how I am going to give the zantac doses approx 12 hours apart. Anyone giving Prilosec midday? I was thinking I could give zantac in the morn and night and give the Prilosec midday after her nap when she would have an empty stomach. If I give Prilosec in the morn or night, I won't be able to space the zantac properly. Or maybe I should just try the Mylanta for the next few days and just give her Prilosec and one dose of zantac. My GI doesn't really believe in the Mylanta...she said it would only work for 15 mins!

Aug 12, 2010
dcd
KavyaMom,

I don't think I have any good advice for you. We're on the Prevacid solutabs at the moment (15 mg once a day) and are still having problems. Because it's so hard for us to get the timing right we ordered the Buffer Babies suspension (through Marci-Kids). When it arrives we'll be able to administer the Prevacid without regard to mealtimes. (But we'll have to buy the OTC capsules instead of the Rx solutabs.) Plus, we will up her to dosage to 30 mg a day (approved by her family doctor - GI appt for another couple weeks) with a pill in the morning and a pill in the evening before bed. We'll see if the Buffer Babies + increased dosage is our magic bullet. Fingers crossed.

Up until last night, we were also giving the Zantac along with the 15 mg Prevacid. This is how we did it:

We get home from daycare at 5:40 (her last bottle at daycare is usually sometime between 3 and 4). Immediately give her the Prevacid dissolved in a tiny bit of milk. Start bedtime routine including bath, a couple of stories, and then - sometime around 6:15 - her nighttime bottle. (Must make sure Prevacid has been in her system at least 30 mins before feeding.) Then bed at 6:30-6:40. Later, right before we went to bed - around 10 - we'd tiptoe in and give her a dosing of Zantac (at least 4 hrs after the Prevacid dosing). We did this without waking her using the Numimed Dispenser.

In the morning we gave her another dosing of Zantac when she woke up around 6:30-7 (she isn't interested in eating till she's at daycare, sometime between 7:30 and 8.)

Sometimes all the medicine juggling seemed to make a difference but often it didn't. I wonder if her Prevacid dosing just isn't high enough or if it's the wrong medicine or what. We did stop doubling up with the Zantac though, because we just felt like that part definitely wasn't working anymore. Which is not unusual with H2 blockers.

I doubt I've been any help, but at the least I can sympathize with your sleep deprivation. :( You're not alone!

Aug 12, 2010
dcd
ps. I'd be interested to know - how do you administer the Prilosec capsules? (I'm thinking your daughter must be close to the same age as mine b/c 2 mls Zantac twice a day is the max for her weight too.) Another reason we're looking forward to the Buffer Babies is because melting the Prevacid solutabs in the milk just doesn't usually work well.

Also, I guess you can tell from my other post that when we were giving the Zantac, we weren't giving it 12 hours apart. I don't think it really mattered one way or another, but I could be wrong.

Aug 12, 2010
kavyamom
dcd, thanks for letting me know the details of when you administer the meds. Anyway, we decided to just give one dose of zantac in the morn and the prilosec at night so the timing worked out fine. She slept slightly better last night so hoping it will only get better. Actually my dd is 19 months (23 lbs) and my GI just yesterday said that I could give 2.5 ml zantac twice a day until the prilosec starts working. Regarding how I give the prilosec...I open the capsule and pour the contents on to a spoon of pear puree or yogurt (the doc mentioned applesauce but this doesn't suit my dd and I checked around and was told that yogurt is also fine).

BTW I am not sure if it was you or someone else who sent an email to the doctor asking their opinion of buffer babies? I just saw on the internet the ingredient list for caracream: -sucrose -corn syrup solids -buffer (sodium bicarbonate, calcium phosphate, potassium phosphate) -partially hydrogenated coconut oil -modified food starch -caramel flavor -turmeric -annatto extract -hydroxy cobalamin

If BB also has the same ingredients as caracream, then this might not work for my dd. She has an intolerance to turmeric. Also, not too comfy with the hydrogenated oil.

Aug 12, 2010
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Bufferbabies and Caracream have the sam ingredients. The difference is in the manner it is dispensed.
Check with your
doctor first!