Anyone out here taken it? They d/c the Nexium 40 because I hated the side effects (stomach pain, muscle aches) and honestly, I did a search (always a mistake) and this has the same crappy side effects. I drove to the doctors yesterday after calling his office again and nicely giving them crap-suddenly, he got on the phone. I gave him crap about leaving the hospital and he got defensive and said he spoke to me by phone, didn't I remember-asswipe. Anyway, I went to pick up the samples and asked to talk to him. He had this smarmy look on his face and I just told him the side effects of PPI's sucked, I already had vascular problems (a potential side effect from Acifex), etc. He then asked what I wanted him to do. He told me that 6 out of 10 people who take these drugs never get off of them-inspiring, no? He also told me "I write more scripts out for Aciphex than any other doctor in NJ"-so all that told me is that he has nice drug rep lunches. I brought it home, but didn't take it. I read on a patient website that some of the side effects were pretty bad from this and several took the pill only every other day, but for the stomach problem, it helped. I am torn completely. I don't want to be on medication for this forever. My doctor also said that I don't have to take the medication, just live with the discomfort. Again, reassuring. He also suggested "Try it and if you get sick, stop"-good man, isn't he?
I don't know what I expect him to do-make it go away I guess and maybe remember my first name correctly.