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I'm 79, have IPF and Gerd and will finish my first month of Ofev tomorrow. I take my morning pill with a banana, a glass of water and "Premier Protein," a 11 oz high-protein shake. For my evening pill, I skip the banana and drink about half of a shake. So far, so good (knock, knock). But I've read drinking these shakes long-term can have serious side effects. Does anybody know if that's true? Dr. Google isn't clear about that . Same with coffee. Does coffee weaken the benefits of Ofev? (I have Gerd and know I'm not supposed to drink it anyway, but sometimes I just forget.)

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Hi @robtlhughes Thank you for the update on how your treatment is going. You will see that I added your post to the previous discussion you started just before you started Ofev. This way the members who were tagged or responded can see how it's been going like @robinson @ligreen @kpeace @fracturedd @sassyboots and @DennisAJ.

What kind of side effects are you talking about with the Premier Protein shakes?
If you have any dairy sensitivity, the whey protein and casein can definitely cause abdominal issues if overconsumed – tolerance varies from person to person. They are also sweetened with sucralose in place of sugar, and some people are sensitive to that. Finally, most protein shakes are a poor source of dietary fiber, which can also be detrimental long term, if not combined with other healthy fiber-rich foods, like whole grains and leafy vegetables.

Let me tell you my own experience – for 2 years I was ill with a serious lung infection and the horrible side effects of the 3 antibiotics I had to take to fight it. I was fatigued, coughing, nauseated, losing weight and had no appetite. I turned to the shakes in desperation, to get some nutrition. Dairy-based shakes made me feel worse, so I turned to plant-based protein shakes, which were life-sustaining, but not great all-around nutrition.

I soon learned the lack of fiber was unhelpful, and my friend, who lives on an entirely blended diet due to throat cancer aftereffects encouraged me to "do something better." With her coaching, I began making fruit/vegetable/protein smoothies instead. These contained raw or frozen fruits, berries, vegetables, plain greek yogurt and pea-protein based protein powder. I would blend up a pitcher, pour them in 8 oz Glucerna bottles from my husband and put them in the fridge (or freezer, for travel) and drink 2 per day. I used bananas, berries, beets, avocado, carrots, tomatoes, apples, oranges, peaches, pears, mangoes, pineapple, papaya… This mad me feel much more like I was eating enough of the right kinds of food. I still drank Orgain Plant Protein shakes from time to time, and ate at least one regular meal each day. I continued this for most of two years, while on the antibiotics and as my body recovered from them.

I would say prepared protein shakes are like everything else in life, okay for most people in moderation. We often use them as an afternoon or evening light meal replacement when on road trips, but supplement with a fruit or vegetable, too.

Sue

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