I'm really freaked out. I've had pretty bad reflux since a couple months post op, and Protonix at 40mg was a lifesaver. Even so, I do still get breakthrough acid: raging hunger that is clearly acid related, coughing fits just as I'm drifting off to sleep, bad post nasal drip and congestion. It is MUCH better than it was when I was on omeprazole, though, so I was really happy to have found it.
At my six month follow up, my doctor said "I see you're really attached to your protonix." And I said, "No, I'm attached to not having symptoms. I guess I didn't entirely understand the conversation because today when I called to ask where my prescription was (it hadn't gotten filled by CVS), he told me that he was stepping it down to 20mg.
I'm so pissed! I feel like they're not taking me seriously. I really don't want to have reflux symptoms and want to do anything possible to avoid them, because reflux is NO JOKE.
You're right - it is no joke and I sympathize completely. I've been able to step down to 20mg of Protonix but it took me a year of being on the higher dose to do it. Call them back in a week and let them know it's not working and how you're suffering.
Is it your PCP or your sugeon that is cutting you back? If it were me, I would call the other doctor and get them to give me the full script.
It's my surgeon who cut it back. I will give the lower dosage a shot but I'm going to call them right away if I have worsening symptoms.
I'm between PCPs right now (my previous one retired and I haven't established myself with a new one) or I would try that.
This might be a good time to find a new PCP. I'm sorry your surgeon is being sort of a jerk about this.
VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)
Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170