I have been taking nexium for 9 years now. In the past couple weeks I have experienced much gastrol discomfort especially flatulence and this seems to have triggered my gerd with lots of heartburn and not much relief from taking the nexium. Can I take antacids alongside nexium. Is it possible nexium is no longer effective for me?
16 Mar 2012
What I am about to tell you is from my own experience... First, I think you need to talk with your doctor about the antacids as I do not think that is a solution to your problem. Second, yes, I do think the Nexium can stop working and here is why...
I took Omprazole (generic for Prilosec and the same type of medication as Nexium... a PPI) for 10 years after I had a bout with HPylori and it worked wonderfully for approximately 8 years then suddenly I became nauseas every morning, my bones were hurting me, I was also coughing with lots of mucuous, then I experienced the worst! I developed a shortness of breath.
I was taken to the hospital one night since I could hardly breath. I was put on oxygen... CatScan showed my lungs were like shattered glass, all tests sent to John Hopkins research came back negative on allergies... I was put on prednisone for a year but the breathing problem never went away... my lung specialist said it was not my lungs and I suggested was it possibly from the medication Omeprazole, he did not know, he said. Went to GI doctors they denied it was the medication. I went off the Omeprazole, and of course all the horrible symptoms went away!!
Oh, I forgot to mention, that my blood tests were showing I was anemic! When I went off the meds, that all went back to normal. I have friends on Nexium and their B12 is a problem so they have to get shots or take the supplement. So in answer to your question, the Nexium, in my opinion is no longer working for you.
You must see a GI doctor to have tests taken (I had them done... endoscopy & colonoscopy and swallowing tests) to be sure nothing serious is going on such as ulcers, etc.
I am taking Zantac but it doesn't always help... the acid reflux keeps bothering me too and I am working hard on my food intake, exercise since I am overweight which doesn't help and eating small amounts of food all day long. My doctor wants me to have the surgery where the hiatel hernia is tucked into a part of your stomach so I need to make a decision... he says I will no longer have to take any medication if I have that done since it helps stop the acid reflux.
Hope this helps. So sorry you are feeling bad and I do understand the feeling.
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