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Diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus and GERD. Dexilant prescribed. Soft stools with frequent bowel movements. Stop medication?

my husband has been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus and GERD about 6 weeks ago. He was prescribed Dexilant 30mg and has noticed soft stools for the last 2 weeks. It is not out of the norm for him to go daily but, for the last 2 weeks he has been having soft bowel movements up to 3 times daily. he has no stomach cramping, he doesnt feel bad....just tired of going to the bathroom so much. should he discontinue the dexilant?
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ANSWER TO QUESTION "should he discontinue the dexilant" is "NO" he should keep taking as prescribed and here is the reason why.

I will try and explain in simple terms

**(1) GERD:- Its reflux disease where stomach is producing the extra amount of digestive acid, and the extra acid is pushed upside on to the food pipe (esophagus), now the stomach has being modified by the body to work in acid condition hence nothing occurs to inner wall of stomach even with high acid , put the esophagus not have such luxury/ modification to its inner wall start corroding under the acid effect. This corrosion takes some time and need multiple acid reflux creation an rusty iron pipe like appearance , and this is what we called "BARRETT'S ESOPHAGUS" in medical terms.

**(2) Now : DEXILANT - it is the drug which stops stomach from producing extra acid , and so to limit the reflux of acid to esophagus in turn.

** (3) SOFT STOOL - it may be associated with side effect from Dexilant (But less likely) , or due to some intestinal infection, so for that some stool test needs to be done and check for bugs in stool

CONSULT PHYSICIAN and let him know what is going on

Here is what most of physician will do.
2) Blood test
3) stool test for checking on bugs
4) may change to different drug.



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