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What to do when medications stop working

Post: #1
10-23-2011, 04:57 AM
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What to do when medications stop working

I have been a reflux sufferer for years and was prescribed Zantac around 2002. The problem is, after adjusting my dosage several times, the medication has quit working. I tried Prilosec, nothing. This prompted me to find other ways to deal with the pain. Temporary relief has been found through taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar upon onset of symptoms but the taste leaves much to be desired. I tried water to neutralize the acid, and well, no go. I have slept propped up, I have avoided trigger foods and to be honest the only substantial relief I have found is milk, which is considered a no no. Milk has been identified as a trigger to heartburn because of the lactic acid it contains. I wanted to ask, what methods have you found to be helpful? I am completely open to suggestions that I may not have thought of before.



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Post: #2
12-03-2011, 07:19 AM
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RE: What to do when medications stop working

There are times when my GERD is so bad that my Zantac just doesn'y work at all. It gets so bad that I spend hours in pain; pain that goes from the pit of my stomach, around through my back, up my spine and into my shoulders and even my jaw at times. I literally get sick and end up vomiting and breaking out on a cold sweat repeatedly for several hours.
Generally, when I vomit, I feel a little better, for a little while. While my stomach is hurting a little less, I take my Zantan and two TUMS along with an Aleve. I also take a drink of milk, but only a drink...enough to feel like it is cooling off my stomach lining, and I eat a piece of bread or a few unsalted crackers.
After 30-45 minutes the pain seems to ease up enough that I can get some rest. When I wake up, I am sure to take two more TUMS and my Zantac (as long as it is time for me to do so).



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Post: #3
12-10-2011, 02:58 PM
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I too have GERDs. I use to take over the counter heartburn medicine, it really didn't help much. There would be times when I would regurgitate everything I ate. However, when I had a severe attack, which included wheezing, pain, and bloating that would last for hours, I finally went to the doctor about it. He put me on proton medicine-prevacid. That helped quite a bit. But I also had to change the way I ate. I had to eat smaller meals and stay away from grease, and anything spicy.




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06-28-2012, 05:48 PM
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What to do when medications stop working

(10-23-2011 09:57 AM)sharingriffin1977 Wrote:  I have been a reflux sufferer for years and was prescribed Zantac around 2002. The problem is, after adjusting my dosage several times, the medication has quit working. I tried Prilosec, nothing. This prompted me to find other ways to deal with the pain. Temporary relief has been found through taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar upon onset of symptoms but the taste leaves much to be desired. I tried water to neutralize the acid, and well, no go. I have slept propped up, I have avoided trigger foods and to be honest the only substantial relief I have found is milk, which is considered a no no. Milk has been identified as a trigger to heartburn because of the lactic acid it contains. I wanted to ask, what methods have you found to be helpful? I am completely open to suggestions that I may not have thought of before.

For years I had tried different combinations of acid reflux medications and they ended up not working after awhile. I opted for the Nissen fundoplication, a procedure in which the neck of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and stapled. It has helped immensely. I've had it done twice, because the first procedure ended up bursting open. A regimen of nexium after surgery helped repair the acid damage. I would ask your doctor about it.




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Post: #5
07-11-2012, 03:22 AM
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RE: What to do when medications stop working

Apple cider vinegar worked well for me. The taste is hard to take, but if you hold your nose, it does go better.



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Post: #6
07-11-2012, 10:23 AM
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I believe the medications prescribed for Acid Reflux sufferers do more harm than good. Your experience is common, the drugs are effective in the short term but their effects diminish in the long term. This is because the drugs lower the acidity of the gastric juices, which makes food less digestible. I believe a high nutrient, anti-inflammatory, low-carb diet is the better long term solution.



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Post: #7
10-23-2012, 04:27 AM
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I used to take Zantac but when it stopped working for me, I did rely on alot of OTC meds and Tums as well. I'm starting to think that trying a high nutrient, anti-inflammatory, low carb diet as Shaun suggested would help in my situation. I know that there are times when I don't watch what I eat, and that's when I get the worst acid reflux symptoms.



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Post: #8
03-18-2013, 11:50 PM
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I do think that if I ate less that I could help myself a lot. I have to try to remember to do that. Also to chew my food more to help with digestion.



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Post: #9
07-05-2014, 05:25 PM
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A great way to take the vinager is with grape juice. It must be 100% grape juiceand the taste is wonderful! I compare it to a glass of wine, albeit not very good wine, but wine none the less.



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Post: #10
04-20-2016, 07:41 AM
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RE: What to do when medications stop working

Best way to combat it is to eat mild foods. If you implement eating non acidic foods into your diet, and exercise portion control, you'll eventually see the attacks happening less often. Also, remove a lot of sugars from your diet as well.



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