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May 12, 2011
ndianis
Prevacid side effects
Hi - I am new to this forum and hoping to get some answers. My son Cameron was diagnosed with Reflux at 4 weeks. . His dr. put him on Zantac. two weeks ago, he started spitting up A LOT after his feedings and not going to the bathroom regularly. If he doesn't have a Bowel movement within 12 hours, he spits even more. The Dr. put him on prevacid. I gave it to him yesterday, no problem really. Today, I gave it to him and he hasn't slept all morning and has been very fussy. During the feeding after his medicine, he spit up a ton including the granules of prevacid. Should I be worried about this or wait for him to adjust to the medication.Any feedback would be appreciated. THANK YOU in advance
May 12, 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
Are you BFing or giving formula?
May 12, 2011
ndianis
He is on Alimentum because he was vomiting up breast milk, similac advance and soy formula. His NICU doctor put him on it before we came home.
May 12, 2011
bellysmom
has anyone mentioned delayed emptying. 12 hours is a long time for no BM. also another thought severe constipation. does he have any other issues that you can link to the problem at hand. Prevacid works on empty stomach 1/2 hour before food
May 12, 2011
ndianis
I thought the same thing about his Bowel movements. The DR said it's normal for babies to go only once a day when they are still growing. I noticed that he gets very uncomfortable. His BM's are soft so I'm not sure if it would be considered constipation or being "backed up" Cameron also grunts and groans during the night like he's trying to have a BM. He is asleep through the whole thing. sometimes I hear him pass gas, but it's mostly grunting and groaning. If I don't burp him well, he has been known to spit up almost an ounce a a time. Thanks so much for your feedback. I never heard of delayed emptying. I'll have to look that up
May 12, 2011
dcd
Does he seem uncomfortable/distressed when he spits up?
May 12, 2011
ndianis
not at all
May 12, 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
Is the prevacid the solutabs or a compound?
May 13, 2011
ndianis
Solutabs
May 13, 2011
bellysmom
Was thinking about the age of cameron and that prevacid solutabs are very sweet and the granules may be getting stuck in the pockets of his mouth. if there is drool maybe he is gagging on the granules which in turn causes him to vomit. Also you said he threw up a ton does the milk seem sour or fresh? does he have sour breath? do his eyes seem watery? does he "pool" milk around his mouth while he eats?
May 13, 2011
dcd
My thought is that if he's sleeping ok, doesn't have pain/fussiness with feeds, and isn't distressed or uncomfortable when he spits up, the Prevacid is controlling the acid. And with reflux, the acid is the real problem because that's what causes the burning pain. But Prevacid won't do anything for the spit up. You may just have to wait that part out (if he isn't otherwise distressed). Young babies have floppy esophageal sphincters which can allow the milk to slosh back out a lot. It will tighten up as he gets older.
May 13, 2011
dcd
Oh wait...I just saw that Cameron is on the Prevacid solutabs. The solutabs have trace amounts of milk in them. And if he's on Alimentum, that means he has a milk sensitivity or intolerance. If he continues to vomit after taking the solutabs, I would switch him to the granules - he is probably reacting to the milk in the solutabs. That would explain why he vomited more and was fussy and sleepless after you gave him the medicine. It's frustrating that your doctor didn't know/mention the milk in the solutabs.

You can buy Prevacid over the counter, break open the capsules, and give him the granules orally, washing it down with a little formula or water. You could also use Buffer Babies or Caracream from Marci Kids, which is what a lot of the moms on here do (including myself). It makes the administration of the med a lot easier. To find out more visit www.marci-kids.com.

May 13, 2011
dcd
I will add that my daughter also has a milk protein intolerance. She could not tolerate the trace amounts of milk in the solutabs.
May 13, 2011
ndianis
THANK YOU so much for the information about the Solutabs. I had no idea. I will try again today and if it happens again, I will call the DR. I am a little annoyed she didn't mention that either
Check with your
doctor first!