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Mar 13, 2011
debbieb
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
Turned out to be STILL reflux-not allergies(Karen)
Karen, We tried the zyrtec, nasal spray for a while, even Ped. thought maybe just allergies, but his stomach aches just kept getting worse, and sore throat, then attacks of chills. Derek is back on Prilosec, but I'm going to either Caracream or Zegerid next , because he never wants to eat right after he takes his pill, seems to upset his stomach at first, always did. Which way do you think it better? Debbie
Mar 14, 2011
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
Oh, I am so sorry. I have been wondering how it was going. That is sad.

Caracream is essentially flavored baking soda. They have a formula to be used with prevacid and priolosec and one for Zegrid. The only difference is the amount that you are mixing with the PPI and if you use Prevacid they also send you a liquid to disolve the medicine ball. The one with Zegrid is cheaper because Zegrid already has some sodium bicarbonate in it, just need to add more and some water and you dont need the Therasol to disolve the Prevacid medicine balls. For ease of use, I would pick the Caracream Z. That is what I am using with Ryan. Easier.. cheaper... really effective. You can read up on it at www.refluxsolutions.com. Hopefully soon he will be old enough to just swallow the capsule. Side note.. Zegrid suspension is now available through the pharmacies but its pretty expensive, and they are making it the same way you would be. Its simple to do it yourself and pretty inexpensive. If you go with the Zegrid kit, this is what you will do.

In the kit you will have 2 packages of caracream (2 batches worth), a funnel, a bottle and some syringes. You will need to buy the Zegrid at the store. I buy the triple pack at Walmart. You will cut open 14 capsules (I use a manicure scissor), pour the powder into the bottle, add 100 ml of water and one small package of the caracream (basically flavored baking soda). Shake it up and the you are done. Store it in the fridge Its a 2 to 1 suspension. So if you were giving 16 mg you will give 8 ml. Make sense? The directions are super clear. You can give it with or with out food, which was really nice for Ryan. The he would be so nauseated after waiting 30 minutes on the solutabs.

Yes, the first time you make it, you will feel like a mad scientist. Its really no big deal though. Super easy. I have a brother, brother in law and niece that are all pharmacists. That is how liquid suspensions are made at the pharmacy.

Mar 18, 2011
debbieb
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
Thanks so much Karen, I appreciate it. I'm going to ask about the Zegerid Suspension. Do you really think it works better than plain omeprazole?
Mar 18, 2011
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
There was a drastic night and day difference with the Zegrid for us...... You can get Zegrid Suspension by presciption if you dont want to mix it yourself. It an be spendy but that all has to do with kind of insurnace you have. Definately worth getting a script for it and testing it out for a month and then you can make the decision.
Mar 20, 2011
debbieb
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
Thanks so much! I just bought Zegerid OTC to try. He won't swallow the big pills! Do you know if I put it in applesauce if it will work good? He likes that. My insurance is pretty good, but if the supspension doesn't taste good, he won't drink it!
Check with your
doctor first!