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Author Topic: Alternatives for PPI with Complera?  (Read 1283 times)

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Offline forrest

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Alternatives for PPI with Complera?
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:55:02 PM »
In preparation for starting Complera at some point in my future, I switched over from taking Zegerid to Pepsid.  I guess I won't be able to take PPI's with Complera so I thought I would try to find something now. My doctor recommended Pepsid... but man, it's not doing much!  :( 

I've taken Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, and hmmm one more I can't think of.  Nothing over the years has helped like Zegerid!  I have been told by a couple GI docs that I have the start of Barret's Esophagus and then I've been told by a couple more that I don't have Barrett's.  I've had plenty of upper endoscopy's done. 

I switched over to Pepsid about a month ago... and over the past couple weeks, I've been having chest pains (I've had these in the past - cardiac has always been fine... and I know GI issues can cause chest pains as well)... but regardless, I am seeing my reg (non HIV) doc next week so I will be asking him to double-check chest as well. 

Is there anything else other than Pepsid that I could take with Complera? Any one else in this same sort of situation?  I really miss Zegerid -I've taken faithfully for quite a few years and it's done such a nice job.

Thanks a lot!
« Last Edit: March 29, 2012, 11:03:00 PM by forrest »
2011-03-26:  Tested Positive

Date           |VL        |CD4 |4%  |CD8 |8%  |C4:C8
2011-04-06 |48,653 |603 |32.0 |646 |35.0 |0.61
2011-05-23 |64,324 |577 |36.0 |576 |36.0 |1.00
2011-08-02 |18,319 |574 |36.3 |587 |37.2 |0.98
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Offline Hellraiser

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Re: Alternatives for PPI with Complera?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2012, 03:07:31 AM »
You could always take a different drug regiment (this is for you Miss P) say perhaps one of the other once dailies?

Offline surf18

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Re: Alternatives for PPI with Complera?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012, 04:12:33 AM »
Yep that's one reason I didn't switch to it. Can't give up my nexium.
I took myself off nexium to see and it was a disaster so I stayed with current meds.
I'll wait for quad pill.

Offline Ann

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Re: Alternatives for PPI with Complera?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2012, 05:59:47 AM »
Have you ever been tested for Helicobacter pylori? H. pylori is one of the leading - but all too often undiagnosed - causes of acid-type stomach upsets and ulcers. It's treatable with a somewhat long course of a double and sometimes triple combo of antibiotics. If I remember correctly, the treatment usually lasts three weeks.

An ex-boyfriend's mother was suffering from acid-stomach problems and her doctor kept telling her that it was an unavoidable result of a calcium med she was taking. She was becoming more and more miserable - to the point of not being able to eat like she should and losing (much needed) weight as a result.

I urged her to insist on being tested for H. pylori. Her doctor relented after a few months of being nagged about it (odd, but many doctors don't seem to know about or
"believe in" H. pylori.

She tested positive, did the treatment, and never again had stomach problems despite remaining on the med that was originally given the blame. Score one for the knowledgeable, persistent patient! ;D 

Get your doctor to test you for H. pylori. (google it - there are plenty of articles on reputable sites about it) If nothing else, you may rule it out, but if you do test positive relief may be only a few weeks away.

Good luck!

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Offline forrest

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Re: Alternatives for PPI with Complera?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 09:49:21 PM »
Meant to say Thanks for the replies.

Ann - I did have this tested... but it's been awhile.. as in it was tested back in 1999... so it's time to test again!! Especially, since I have been to many developing countries since then.  You never know what you could catch overseas... especially with a super sensitive American digestive system   :o 

I actually went back on Zegerid...and within a couple days... I am feeling so much better... So, not sure what I'm gonna do.  I'd like to know my choices other than pepsid. Or, if anything natural... I've had GI issues for a long time.  Something in Zegerid sure does it for me though. 

Anyway... thank you!
2011-03-26:  Tested Positive

Date           |VL        |CD4 |4%  |CD8 |8%  |C4:C8
2011-04-06 |48,653 |603 |32.0 |646 |35.0 |0.61
2011-05-23 |64,324 |577 |36.0 |576 |36.0 |1.00
2011-08-02 |18,319 |574 |36.3 |587 |37.2 |0.98
2011-12-06 |10,375 |480 |30.1 |616 |38.7 |0.78
2012-02-22 |  9,674 |570 |33.6 |655 |38.7 |0.87
2012-05-04 |  8,439 |559 |30.4 |706 |38.4 |0.79

 


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