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1. How long does AcipHex take to work? In general, proton pump inhibitors such as Aciphex , Nexium and Prevacid have a later onset of action than H2 blockers such as Zantac and Pepcid . Aciphex, however, has a more rapid onset of action of a few hours, which is comparable to that of the H2 blockers. Aciphex and all of the proton pump inhibitors are not meant to be taken on demand, or on an as-needed basis. The best medication for that still remains the antacids, such as Tums and Mylanta.
My 9 year-old has been diagnosed with GERD. Is it safe for him to be on Nexium?
Yes. Earlier this year, the FDA approved Nexium for short-term use in children ages 1-11 years for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease . Both the liquid and delayed-release pill forms were approved. As opposed to children ages 12-17, the approved dose for younger children is 10-20 mg a day, for eight weeks. Most common side effects were headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain. At this point, use of Nexium in children under the age is 1 is not recommended. You should check with your child's pediatrician to see if there are any contraindications to him starting the drug.
I am a 35 year old female who has been suffering from GERD symptoms the past few months. I tried taking Prilosec-OTC and more recently Nexium without relief. Any suggestions?
There are many reasons why the medications you have taken might not be controlling your symptoms. First of all, you must make sure that y...
Dear Dr. Motola,
If you have had prostate surgery and need salvage radiation, but elect to take injections instead, how long will the lupron injections work?
Lupron is a drug that inhibits the production of gonadotropins (LH and FSH), resulting in the reduction of testosterone to castration levels. It is mainly intended for the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer however other uses in the management of this disease are also utilized widely. This decrease in testosterone helps control the prostate cancer, however when treated with Lupron this only causes prostate cancer cells to stop growing or possibly grow at a slower rate.
Prostate cancer that has spread beyond the prostate is not curable. I am not certain whether you are undergoing radiation immediately after surgery for positive margins, or if this represents salvage that is being done years after the original operation. Unfortunately, Lupron does not work forever as the cancer cells will change ...
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