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Anxiety and stomach pain

By Anonymous April 26, 2012 - 5:37pm
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Hi there.
I will try and make the question to the point wit some background info
I have been under a lot of stress for the past 5 months due to mother being in hospital and then her passing 2 months ago. During this time I started having major panic attacks very high anxiety extreme shaking didn't sleep well or eat well.. Started getting heartburn and burning stomach which got worse after she passed. I went to er thought I was having heart attack but it was very bad panic attack. They did ECG and chest X-ray all was good have had bloodwrk done am low in vitamin d and close to anemic lost 30lbs over that time period. I have tried tecta it didn't work and am on Prevacid 30mg twice a day..I am 40 a smoker but a light one don't drink cut out coffe chocolate all the other stuff.. Had ultrasound and ct scan only found follicular small ovarian cysts.

I have burning between my ribs I guess stomach area that comes and goes throughout the day and some burning in chest occasionally goes up throat and I cough or voice changes...my bowels sometimes feel like they r rolling under my ribs as well..don't really have nausea...
My questions arethese
Is taking this much Prevacid ok
How long should I take it for(been 1week 1 pill and 1 week 2pills)
How long does if take to work...
Should I be taking something for anxiety
Can allof the stress cause this
I am sure I have more questionsmy doc seems to rush me out
Thanks so much for your help

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Hello Spunky bunny,
Prevacid is a proton pump inhibitor, which works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. It is usually taken once a day, before eating. Your doctor may have increased your dose to twice a day because your symptoms were not relieved by a once a day dose.

If your doctor prescribed cipralex, take it. The only way to relieve your symptoms is to follow your doctor's prescribed treatment plan.

There are a variety of self-help management techniques. Visit the anxiety help page on this site: http://www.empowher.com/condition/anxiety
Here are some tips on reducing stress in your life: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/tips-reducing-stress-your-life

Talk with your doctor and express any concerns that you have.


April 27, 2012 - 6:13pm

Hi there...
Thanks for the info... When should I take the Prevacid is it best in morning or at night..should I just stop taking the 2 a day right away....why would the doctor tell me too take such a high dose..is it true that b/c of Prevacid some stuff doesn't get absorbed properly.. My doc gave me cipralex 10mg but I haven't started taking it yet...
I don't think I have an ulcer cuz I really don't have any symptoms for that.... Can you recommend some ways to combat stress and anxiety
I seem to get panic attacks for no reason
Am concerned about Prevacid dose now
Thanks for ur help

April 27, 2012 - 8:44am

Hello Anonymous,
I will try my best to answer your questions.
Prevacid 30 mg twice a day is too high a dose. Prevacid 30mg once a day is an adequate dose. Generally, a person needs to take Prevacid for a minimum of 3 months to get full effects. After that time, a person is reevaluated.
You may benefit with the addition of a drug like Gavison. Ask your doctor about this.

Regarding management of your anxiety, you must be evaluated by a psychiatrist, who can prescribe an appropriate anti-anxiety medication.

Stress and smoking are contributing to your symptoms, particularly acid reflux.

I hope that I have helped in some way,


April 26, 2012 - 6:01pm
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