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Annie V.
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posted 06-05-1999 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Annie V.   Click Here to Email Annie V.     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi everyone!

I am taking a drug called Propulsid. I remember Charlie gave me some information
on it, and I've read the insert.

Anyway, I wondered if anyone else takes it,
or knows about it. My father saw the insert
on it and thought I should stop taking it
as it's caused irregular heart beats which
were fatal with some people by just taking
the medicine, and in combination with
certain other meds.

I don't have a history of heart disease,
but my father had a triple bypass in 1996,
and Mom has high blood pressure.

I'm taking it because of the terrible gas
I have. I see my doctor Monday, and I
suppose I'll ask him if there are other
similar drugs. Actually, I feel ok about
the Propulsid, but my father thinks that
I should get off of it.

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated!

charlie
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posted 06-05-1999 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hi annie
well most of the acid reducing meds almost all have some of these side effects;
you may want to try prilosec

What do cisapride tablets do?
CISAPRIDE (Propulsid®) helps to move gastric contents through the stomach, reducing exposure of the esophagus to gastric acid. Cisapride helps to control and relieve symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease such as heartburn. Generic cisapride tablets are not yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I take cisapride?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•stomach bleeding, blockage, or ulceration
•heart disease or heart failure
•heart rhythm problems
•kidney disease
•an unusual or allergic reaction to cisapride, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
•breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?
Take cisapride tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Take cisapride on an empty stomach, at least 15 minutes before eating; and take at bedtime. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What other medicines can interact with cisapride?
•cimetidine
•clarithromycin
•diazepam
•erythromycin
•indinavir
•levodopa
•lithium
•medicines for diabetes
•medicines for fungal infections
•medicines for movement abnormalities as in Parkinson's disease, or for gastrointestinal problems
•medicines for pain
•nefazodone
•octreotide
•ranitidine
•ritonavir
•sparfloxacin
•tetracycline
•troleandomycin
•warfarin

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Tell your prescriber or health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking cisapride?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
•difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
•fast or irregular heartbeat
•unusual weakness or tiredness
•vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
•diarrhea or constipation
•headache
•nausea
•stomach pain
•stuffy nose

What do I need to watch for while I take cisapride?
Visit your prescriber or health care professional for a regular check on your progress. For cisapride to work properly it is important to undertake other non-drug therapy. Eat smaller meals, which puts less pressure in your stomach; elevate the head of your bed 6—8 inches, which allows gravity to work in your favor to decrease the amount of reflux; avoid high-fat foods and chocolate because they can cause heartburn; avoid alcohol and avoid smoking because these can also contribute to the development of heartburn; avoid caffeine in large amounts such as in coffee; and avoid carbonated drinks.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store in a cool, dry place at a controlled room temperature between 15°—30°C (59°—86°F). Protect the 20 mg tablets from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

hope this helps
charlie

Spirit
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posted 06-05-1999 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spirit   Click Here to Email Spirit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you reffering to prepulsid? If so, I have it here. I used to take it, but I stopped (can't remember why). Refresh my memory. Is it for stomach acid?

Spirit.

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posted 06-05-1999 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spirit   Click Here to Email Spirit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOAH! CHARLIE!!! LONG POST!! LOL! Thanks for the info!! LMAO! Good stuff...

Spirit.

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charlie
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posted 06-05-1999 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
annie here is the one for prilosec

What do omeprazole capsules do?
OMEPRAZOLE (Prilosec®) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It reduces symptoms and prevents injury to the esophagus, stomach, or intestines in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or ulcers. Omeprazole is also useful in conditions that cause excessive stomach acid production such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and certain cancers. Generic omeprazole capsules are not yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I take omeprazole?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•liver disease
•an unusual or allergic reaction to omeprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
•breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?
Take omeprazole capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water; do not crush or chew. Omeprazole works best if taken on an empty stomach. It is best to take the capsules 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What other medicines can interact with omeprazole?
•ampicillin
•diazepam
•iron salts
•ketoconazole
•phenytoin
•warfarin

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking omeprazole?
Serious side effects are rare, occurring in 1% or fewer of patients, they include:
•blood in urine
•chest pain or tightness
•dark yellow or brown urine
•fever or sore throat
•pain or difficulty passing urine
•shortness of breath
•skin rash
•unusual bleeding or bruising
•yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
•headache
•diarrhea or constipation

What do I need to watch for while I take omeprazole?
It can take several days of therapy with omeprazole before your stomach pains improve. Check with your prescriber or health care professional if your condition does not improve, or if it gets worse. You can take antacids for the occasional relief of pain unless your prescriber or health care professional tells you otherwise.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30°C (59 and 86°F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

charlie

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posted 06-05-1999 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Annie, Does it work??????? Is it prescribed or over counter. If it really worked I'd take it no matter........Joyce

allie
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posted 06-06-1999 02:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for allie   Click Here to Email allie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used to take Propulsid (although in Australia its called Prepulsid) for upper GI problems which helped heaps. I never had any side effects from it and in fact I was still taking it when I fell pregnant with my first daughter. I was on a low dose by then and it didnt affect my pregnancy at all either.

Annie V.
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posted 06-06-1999 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Annie V.   Click Here to Email Annie V.     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone for responding!!!!

Charlie,

Hi! Thanks a bunch for all the info.!!!

Spirit,

I think most people take Propulsid for GERD,
gastric reflux problems, upper GI problems. I'm taking it for an extreme flatulence problem. It's supposed to help reduce symptoms of IBS and help gas move through
the GI tract sooner.

Joyce,

I think it's helping me somewhat. It's a prescription medication that my GI doctor prescribed for me. I don't feel I'm having as much gas, but I still have problems with the odor. The drawback is that it's very expensive about $100.00 for a prescription. I'm mailing in my receipts and hopefully my insurance will pick up half.
He feels I'm having food intolerance problems and haven't figured it out yet.

Have a good Sunday!!

Annie

rockcandi1
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posted 06-06-1999 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockcandi1   Click Here to Email rockcandi1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you can find everything you want to know here and it is really a good site.
http://www.thriveonline.com/health/library/lookitup.html

Joyce
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posted 06-15-1999 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Annie, still using Propulsid.? and did you Ins. cover it?
I have 80% coverage on prescription drugs. Have not been to a GI in years they told me since gas is my biggest problem that it is something I should learn to live with. Did you have other problems too that you got the prescription....?? Am wondering if I should ask my GP about it??

Why do we have to tell the Dr. what to prescribe......

Annie V.
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posted 06-16-1999 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Annie V.   Click Here to Email Annie V.     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Joyce!

The main problem I have is terrible smelling gas. I've sent my receipts to my
insurance. Hopefully, they'll cover it,
I've yet to see.

Hope you're having a good day.

Annie

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