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Medication for reflux stopped working

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#1 enjoytheride


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Posted 28 December 2010 - 08:26 AM

I have been taking a prescription medication for a few years to control reflux and it has been very effective. Then suddenly it stopped working- I woke up one night coughing and it would not stop. It took me a couple of days (or rather nights) to figure out what was happening as I had never had reflux bad enough to cause this symptom.

I tried an old prescription of another type of medication and it worked. When that ran out, I went back to the first prescription. In about a week I was again having difficulty.

I will be getting a prescription that is effective but it does worry me that this is a sign that my problem has become worse under the cover of the old medication. Not that I can neccessarily do anything about it but I would like to know.

Any thoughts?

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 09:13 AM

Hi Enjoytheride

What an absolute nuisance that your medication has stopped helping your reflux as much as it was doing! :(

Thankfully I've only suffered with reflux fairly infrequently (I generally tend to have a fairly lead lined gut, although I think sometimes the strong medication I take does cause it to rebel occasionally! ;) ) Since it's a bit difficult for me to advise you having not really experienced this myself, I would therefore suggest that you go back to your doctor/rheumatologist and perhaps he could arrange a consultation with a gastrointestinal expert with a view to carrying out some tests. You would then be in a better position to determine whether your GI symptoms were becoming worse or alternatively it would set your mind at rest.

Please do let us know how you get on. :)
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#3 Robyn Sims

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 10:23 AM

Hi Enjoytheride,

Raising the top end of your bed is advised, you may have already done that. This is always a good move with reflux during the night.

I agree with Jo, time to get some advice from your treating specialist.

Good luck with your hunt for a new reflux med.


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Posted 28 December 2010 - 02:35 PM

Enjoy the Ride,

I messed with all manner of stomach meds and never found one or any combination that solved my problem. I ended up having a fundoplication and have not had any problems since. I strongly recommend that you have a visit with a good gi doctor who knows something about this disease. Not only is is mighty uncomfortable to have reflux at night, but it has a chance to erode your esophagus and cause some pretty serious damage. Get in to see a doctor asap!

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 03:29 PM

I've changed my GERD medication 4 times in 7 years. Each time, the change would be gradual, never sudden. I would first start getting heartbutn, then the time without heartburn would get shorter and shorter between doses.

I'm no doctor, but I would think that having a sudden reflux event is not necessarily due to your medication not working, but rather doing one or more of the No-No's associated with living with reflux. I have had a sudden event when I eat too much, too late in the evening and then try to go to bed within 3 hours of having eaten. I end up having a coughing fit that doesn't stop until I throw up. Then I have to sit in a chair for an hour before going back to bed. So take a look at your evening and see if maybe it was circumstance rather than medication. Even though we take reflux meds, we still have to make a few lifestyle changes to help them out. I take 2 prevacid a day and still sleep with a wedge and 3 pillows.

If it continues, please talk to your doctor. let us know how you are doing.
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