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Old Mar 3rd, 2011, 04:53 AM   1
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Anyone taking Omeprazole or other PPI meds?


I'm waiting for my 1st doc appt to confirm pregnancy, but not sure whether I should continue to take my usual meds. Does anybody here take any PPI meds or know anything about what is safe?



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2011, 08:43 AM   2
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Looking from the results I got when serching, advice seems to vary based on where you live.
There appears to be nothing conclusive to say it is unsafe, but I'd really recommend asking your doctor.
I'd like to be able to take it again because my acid reflux has gotten quite bad again.



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Old Mar 3rd, 2011, 08:49 AM   3
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Thanks Kittifer, I don't know how I'd manage without the tablets. I get such bad stomach pain and burning all the time, it makes eating difficult.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2011, 15:06 PM   4
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Hi Finsmummy and Kittifer,

I'm in the same boat
I was on Omeprazole for three months to resolve a suspected ulcer. Came off it just before christmas and no symptoms....until...I got pregnant! The burping, nausea and stomach ache are all back with avengeance, but this time I don't know whether they're pregancy related or the ulcer again and being made worse by the pregnancy...

I had an appointment already booked last week with the consultant to check out how I'd gotten on and things further if necessary so I kept it and used it to ask about what was suitable now.
I am waiting for a letter to confirm everything, but basically she said although there's no evidence that PPI's are dangerous in pregnancy, there's also not much evidence to say that they are completely safe either.
She really pressed the idea that unless absolutely necessary I should try and go med free during the first trimester.
She did recommend another med she considered safe but I forgot what it was as soon as I left (preggy head! ) and it should be in the letter sent to me/my GP - I'll let you know as soon as I do!

Hope you're managing ok?



Bex x



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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 06:55 AM   5
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Hi Bex,

I suffered with the dyspepsia thing for years and an endoscopy showed nothing.

Funnily enough, my 1st PG was symptom free and its one of the only times I was 'normal', didnt need meds and could eat anything!

I have decided to stop the PPIs now and ride it out maybe using gaviscon.

Do let me know about what your doc said. Good luck to you hun! xxx



 
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 06:36 AM   6
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Ha- got the letter today,

Says nothing remarkable, sometimes I wonder why we bother wasting our time going to see these people. The letter basically repeats everything I told her and my GP already knows. Previous diagnosis of IBS, Appendicectomy last year, I'm pregnant and I've had a previous MC...
Meds taken and stopped due to pregnancy, and that they can't do colonoscopy or gastoscopy while I'm pregnant but they'll send me for bloods and US on liver/gallbladder in the meantime (which my doc had already booked for me!?)

She even forgot to put the other med in, but does confirm I will be getting an appointment to see her for review after my blood results and ultrasound on my gallbladder/liver next week so when that comes through I'll ask her then. In the meantime I'll speak with my GP and see if he knows what she might have meant.

I'm a bit annoyed she's dismissing it as IBS- I've had that for eleven years and know how it normally behaves. The upper GI symptoms...oh well.
I'll stop moaning, as long as I can handle it with gaviscon and peppermint tea til second tri, I'll be ok. Just a few more weeks...

How are you all doing?

Big to you all,

Bex x



 
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 08:15 AM   7
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I was on Omeprazole up until November, when I took myself off it. (Docs had queried how effective it was anyway - my problem was not a problem with my stomach acid or lining, but a blood vessel problem which happened to be next to my stomach).

I got pregnant in Jan, but i've just MC at the end of Feb. I have my outpatients appointment on Monday with my gastic doc, so I will talk to him then about whether i need to still be on it, safety in pregnancy etc.

I would suggest talking to your doc before you do anything like stopping taking it...



 
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 13:17 PM   8
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Hi hun, although there is no evidence re PPI's harm, it is still safer to use ranitidine in pregnancy. xxx



 
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Hi Sleonie, sorry about your loss and good luck with your app on Mon, hope you get sorted :-)

Hey Bex, I know it can be frustrating sometimes! What symptoms do you suffer? I have high acid and feel on fire in my chest with stomach pain from it. Also makes me go to loo a lot. I have pain just below chest like food is sticking. It's basically Functional Dyspepsia (apparently) and will be there for good. Although I always feel like it will end up something worse as Im only early 30s! They say it comes and goes and you have to put up with it.

I'm really suffering just recently and even the PPI wasn't working, so no point in taking it.



 
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 13:28 PM   10
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Hi hun, although there is no evidence re PPI's harm, it is still safer to use ranitidine in pregnancy. xxx
Thanks Claire, I wish ranitidine or something else worked, but it doesn't do a thing for me. I'll be drinking bottles of gaviscon I think x



 
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