Hey guys, I've been having an occasional symptom that my throat felt like not enough air was getting through and an occasional hoarse throat. My onc suggested to go to an ENT and the ENT said it's a little red in there and based on my symptoms, it could be LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux), which is a type of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). To put it simply, it's "the backflow of stomach contents up the esophagus and into the throat". He prescribed Nexium for me and told me to go on it for a month or two to see if my symptoms improve.
Apparently my insurance doesn't cover Nexium and my insurance company said that I must try an over-the-counter medication, Lanoprazole (Prevacid). If that doesn't work for me, then my doctor could go about letting the insurance company know that it is not working and hope that they pay for the Nexium.
I read the discussion that Trey started on acid reflux meds interfering with TKI drugs ( http://community.lls...age/92246#92246 ). I am currently taking Tasigna and from what Trey said, that would be the best TKI to take if you need to take one of these PPI medications like Nexium. My questions are:
- Any significant differences between Nexium and other prescribed PPI drugs in comparison to the over-the-counter PPIs ? Would one affect my Tasigna uptake more than another one?
- What is the suggested best time to take the PPI drug? How far apart should it be taken from the TKI drug?
- If it is Tasigna causing this reflux, and I have to take Tasigna for life, can I conclude that I have to take these PPI drugs for life?
- If taking these PPI's, can I then eat some of the non-recommended foods? I doubt i'm gonna cut down on ice cream, and I love spicy foods
Thanks guys, any input appreciated.