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any one using protonix for acid reflux? I was on prevacid and it helped but gained weight. then tried zantac- didn't help. now on protonix...
wondering how others are doing on this.
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Hi Lich663,
Protonix and Prevacid belong to PPI group of drugs.
Zantac belongs to H2RA group of drugs.

PPI are better than H2RA.

PPI whether Protonix or Prevacid can cause weight gain or even weight loss. But these are very rare side effects.

My suggestions -

- Continue protonix twice daily immediately before meals for 4-8 weeks

- If you have night symptoms, take Zantac at night in addition to Protonix.

- Life style modifications -
1. Head elevation while sleeping
2. Small frequent meals
3. Going to bed 2- 3 hours after food
4. Avoiding bed time snacks
5. Avoiding smoking and alcohol
6. Avoiding tight fitting clothes
7. Avoiding cola, citrus drinks, carbonated drinks, tea, coffee, spicy food
8. Weight reduction
The information provided is for patients’ education only and is not a medical advice. Always consult your personal physician for complete evaluation of your health problem.

- Ratnakar Kini M.D.
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