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i have posted this in other places but i need to reach as many ppl as possible so no one elses child goes through this! may save a life!!

Posted by on Apr. 14, 2007 at 6:32 PM
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as most of you know from another post isabellas been gasping for air and i had to take her to all childrens on monday to get her tested. well they told me she had reflux and prescribed both zantec and rantidene for her. well i had to rush her to our local er the other day becasue she started gasping for air for 5 min. and the er doc there told me to stop giving her zantec and wrote me a prescription for nexium. well i went to walgreens and dropped it off and when i went to pick it up the pharmacist said since you picked up rantidine the other day your insurance wont cover it. i said i dont have another prescripton for that i have one for nexium and he said well i dont know i dotn have that here. come back tomorrow and talk to the head pharmacist. well i go back today and what he told me scared me to death. im still in shock. he told me that when he got the prescripton for nexium he was concerned because  he never gave it to children before so he called the er dr to ask if thats what he really wanted to give her and he said "well my friend takes it and it works wonders for him"(wtf your giving my child somethign that YOUR ADULT FRIEND TAKES) so the pharmacist called the makers of nexium to see what they had to say and they said we have no studies of this with children and they dont recommend giving it to a child. well then the dr called all childrens(the original hospital) and told them what happend so they said well just give her rantidene instead. so i tell the pharmicist they already gave me that prescription and zantec. hes like what they gave u both. they are the same exact meds. zantec is the generic prescripiton for rantidene. youve been giving your baby double dosage of meds. so i told him that im still give her the rantidene but stopped giving her zantec after the attack cuz i was waiting for the nexium. and isabellla hasnt had any problems the last couple days. and he said her attack couldve been the result of too much meds. I AM FLOORED. I COULDVE KILLED MY CHILD. HOW CAN A DR PRESCRIBE SOMETHING THATS DANGEROUS AND HOW COULD THE OTHER DR PRESCRIBE ME THE SAME MEDS!!! please ask your pedi before u give your child anything an er dr prescibes. thats what ill be doing from now on!!!

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momtoonein06
by on Apr. 14, 2007 at 7:51 PM
Wow that is terrible and very scary.  Hope your daughter is doing OK.  Can you say MAJOR law suit if anything did happen.  WOW.  
Corine_tnm
by on Apr. 15, 2007 at 1:19 PM
wow. i am so sorry that happend to you. some of these doctos should not be doctors. i am seein more and more stories like yours about perscription meds being the wrong kinds. i agree to check all the medication before taking it. i hope your child is doing well now.
ariasgirl2005
by on Apr. 15, 2007 at 1:34 PM

I know how you feel i had to take my son to the er because he had RSV and an ear infection, or so they said. They gave him a shot there for his lungs and they also sent him home with meds for his ears. He was having trouble breathing the next day so i took him to his regular doctor. His doctor got so mad because he didn't have an ear infection it was just red from the RSV. I was lucky enough that the meds he got for his ears would not hurt him. But im pretty sure that the er doctor got a mouth full because thats just how my sons doctor is. I guess er doctors are just stupid sometimes! 

capricorn_mom
by on Apr. 15, 2007 at 4:33 PM
Hi, my dd has reflux also. She is on lots of medication and I am always seeing what the side effects are and if it contraindicates with anything else. I had a pediatrician tell me when my dd was a few days old that she had colic. I told him that he didn't know and I wanted Pepcid. My nieces and nephews all had reflux and dd had the same symptoms. It worked. I had dd ion it until she was 2. No doctor questioned me but even when I told them that she was still refluxing they never said maybe we have her tested for reflux. She didn't take anymore Pepcid from 2-3 years old but she had asthmatic symptoms. Here the reflux was backing up into her throat, nose and lungs. She is now on Prevacid and is asthma symptom free for the first itme in about a year. I was giving my child steroids, breathing treatments and even took her to a pulmonologist and here it was a gastro problem. Now she is still on some asthma meds but for prevention they tell me. I am tempted to wait until her next pulmonogist appointment in June and if she is symptom free go to a gastroenterologist. Doctors don't know it all!
steadfastchange
by on Apr. 15, 2007 at 11:04 PM

I wish that I could say that I am surprised. Once, I had to take my young son, he was probably 2 at the time to a GP because we were at my grandmother's house in another town.He was congested so the Dr. wrote a script for an antihistamine that was 2x the dose he should have been given and was dangerous for a child this young to take. Grill your Dr and pharmacists if you have concerns, some think they are god but they make mistakes 2, and in their profession a life could be  lost!!!!!

travzmom
by on Apr. 15, 2007 at 11:21 PM
my son (3) has been on zantac since he was about 6 mths.  from the time he was 6 mths until he was 2, we made numerous trips to the er and to his pedi.  he would wake up, and still does on occasion, gasping for air and sounding like a seal.  i have taken him to specialist after specialist, they all say something different!  each doctor prescribes him something different.  he takes albuterol (nebulizer breathing treatments), singulair, prednisone (when he has these attacks) and zantac.  i've been told it's asthma, allergies, croupe, and that he just has an underdeveloped airway.  his pedi has prescribed him penicilian knowing that he was allergic!  i keep very close track of his meds and his attacks.  i'm beginning to think that it is allergy related because his last 2 attacks happened during days when there was a high pollen count.  i don't think these doctors know what the hell they're talking about!
Melissa_R
by on Apr. 16, 2007 at 12:39 AM
  Wow...that is so scary guess you cant even trust the ''experts'....Thanks for the info...Hope all is well with your daughter....
Andria1414
by on Apr. 16, 2007 at 3:42 AM
Thanks for your post... I think it's good to have that reminder that even doctor's orders need to be rechecked, especially when it involves a child.
Renelly
by on Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:38 AM
Have you hugged that pharmacist yet?  He may have saved your child!  Please tell me you will report this...not only to the hospital, but also to the State Medical Board where you live.  It is the only way to keep our ERs safe...a consistent reporting system of errors, and a definite action to fix exisiting problems by the heads of these programs.  They can't fix what is broken, if we don't make them aware.  thank God your Isabella (I have one too) is ok!
Tae
by on Apr. 16, 2007 at 2:42 PM
Yeah, I agree! ALWAYS confir with your regular Doctor, when an ER Doc gives you something, or "diagnoses" you with something!  2 years ago, I went to the ER because everytime I took a deep breath, I got this horrible painunder my right breast...it felt like someone was stabbing me......The ER doc told me I had "pleurisy" (some sort of infection in the lungs) So he gave me percocet and sent me home......Still had the symptoms, went to see me regular doctor. He sent me for an ultra sound after I told him the XRay the ER doc took was clear......Long story short....Had to have my Gall Bladder removed!! ALWAYS
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