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Old 04-01-2007, 07:57 PM   #1
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NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

After taking prevacid and prilosec, i was put on Nexium (once a day an 1h before meal). I am concerned that this ppi is the one you get addicted easily. Meaning after you stop it, your life becomes miserable.
For those who have been on nexium, what are your experiences on it. do you lose weight or gain? etc...

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Old 04-01-2007, 09:17 PM   #2
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

Ihave been taking a different brand of PPI Zimor .. but a week ago my LPR symptoms went worse and I went to see my GP to ask for any meds for nausea and headpressure... she said that the LPR is also cause of GERD and suggest maybe my PPI is not working for me.. she asked me to try nexium... before taking nexium I dont have any symptoms in my tummy.. its purely my LPR headache, ear pressure, drowsyness and neck and throat pain. I went along with her and tried nexium... 40mg ones a day at night contrary to my old PPI 20 mg 2 times a day morning and night. The next morning after I took nexium i woke up to a very bloated tummy and the feeling of worse diarrhea ever.. it lasted 2 days i stopped nexium and continue with my old one after a day and my tummy went fine... maybe nexium doesnt really agree with me... I had swelling meds for my LPR and paracetamol for head pressure... so far its working but really slow...

 
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

I am on 40mg Nexium once a day too- When I started (2 weeks ago) I had awful indigestion- huge bloated uncomfortable stomach! It lasted 6 days! I had decided to give it one week before going back to the Doc about it. I'm glad I did- I have been feeling much better since those 1st 6 days! The bad chest pain that I was getting when I lay down has completely gone now. I still get discomfort when I exert myself though- sort of tingly tight chest- going out to my left arm! I know it definitely isn't cardio related because of all the tests I've had. I still cough a lot & have that awful muck at the back of the throat that won't go! I'm hoping that with time that may clear up?! I'm to stay on Nexium 40mg for 8 weeks & then go on to the 20mg dose. Then they'll have another look I suppose! My Doc thinks Nexium is a great drug- I'll see how I feel about it at the end of 8 weeks!
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

so your still taking nexium now? I stopped it cause i think it wrecked havoc on my insides and Ijust cant stand it.. think I should continue too since I only took it for 2 days and gave up?

 
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

Oh yes, I'm still taking it! I've just started the 3rd week of it & feel much better. The throat is still yuk but the chest pain is very much better! The bloated feeling has settled down well now too!
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

I'm taking Nexium 40mg too. My doc didn't say before or after food. Just take it once a day. I started with 20mg then 40mg then 40mg twice a day then 40mg once a day with Tazac twice a day.

Yeah, my tummy is bloating. It looks like a six month pregnancy!

I don't think I'll addict on it because it didn't work. I also forget to take or said didn't bother take it or not! SAME SAME SAME and it still burns......

I'm from Melbourne too.

 
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

Pika,

Nexium is supposed to be taken at least an hour before you eat. I have never had the side effects you mentioned, and am wondering if it can be partially from your diet or from a drug interation. Are you taking any other medication? Other than Tazac, which I am unfamiliar with..

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With regards to other posts.

Muck in thee back of the throat is normally the sign of allergy/irritant stimulated post nasal drip (PND). PND can be a source of reflux.

I have been able to lose weight efficiently and heathily on Nexium. I have taken Nexium for 2 years now.. Protonix for years before that. I have lost over 45 pounds while taking it. It was not the reason for my weight loss. Getting my sleep apnea diagnosed and treated as well as changing my diet and excercise regime is mostly responsible for my weight loss.

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Old 04-02-2007, 10:41 AM   #8
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

Well regardless of people insisting it can't make you gian weight, it can. I guess it depends on your body chemistry and how it reacts when the medicine, in essence, shuts off the acid in your stomach that helps to digest food.

I was on Weight Watchers, walking/running 5 miles a day 6 days a week before Nexium. I was losing around 2 pounds per week. I went on Nexium. I started gaining around .5 to 1 pound per week without changing anything. I went off Nexium and without changing anything I started back losing about 2 pounds per week.

It can happen and I'm not the only one. I just wonder if one PPI makes you gain weight, if all of them will.

 
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

Hey RedMan1972,
I have been doing the WW thing as well. But I was on Nexium before doing WW. If I do not weight train and do cardio weekly I don't lose weight. But I am thinking that is because I am approaching my goal. My husband has not had the weight gain on Nexium either. I am not saying by any means that it can not happen. Medicine and how it interacts with a body is always a unique situation.

I have also used OTC prilosec and tagment, before I was put on protonix and then Nexium. I recall a minor weight gain when I started Nexium, but I lost it quickly. The protonix worked, but was more expensive with my prescription plan so I swapped to Nexium.

I would talk to your pharmacist who can access some more detailed databases and find out all known side effects of the drug and they might be able to recommend a better alternative for you.

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Old 04-02-2007, 11:07 AM   #10
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Well i guess, i can stick with it for another 1. i have been using it for 4 days now and well i don't feel all that well. The nausea is what's bothering me. I can't eat anything. i feel so week.

 
Old 04-02-2007, 06:12 PM   #11
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Hey RedMan1972,
I am not saying by any means that it can not happen. Medicine and how it interacts with a body is always a unique situation.
If I was snippy, my apologies...my chest was hurting at the time.

Anyway, I was just trying to get the same thing out that you did. That everyone's body chemistry is different. I, unfortunately, seem to have gotten the 'everything makes you gain weight' gene.

So protonix worked? I have switched to it from Nexium in hopes that stops my weight gain. Maybe it's not all PPI but just Nexium. It seems that they are all made with a different drug. Anyway, I can go a day or two before my chest starts hurting so maybe I'll try every other day and see how that works.

John - My prayers are with you buddy. Some people think acid reflux is just a simple Mylanta fix and is nothing to gripe about but they haven't experienced what we do.

 
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Some people think acid reflux is just a simple Mylanta fix and is nothing to gripe about but they haven't experienced what we do.
Yes, and they don't live with the lingering thought in the back of the mind that it can be cancer some day. Esophagus OR throat.

 
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

You weren't snippy. I have a way of offending people sometimes and I always mean well.. just sometimes don't say it well. I hope you all the best at getting the best medicine for you.

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Old 04-02-2007, 09:16 PM   #14
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Re: NEXIUM!! Good or Bad?

I stopped taking nexium coz it only makes me feel worse! I wentback to my old PPI its name is Zimor, I never read anyone use it here in the forum...

anyways do u guys think the side effects we're feeling with nexium is just a phase we pass by or its really there for good? I mean did I gave up on it too soon?

I agree when U guys said they dont experience what we do.. they can talk all they want about this just being anxiety but I know we have all the reasons to be anxious specially with the symptoms we are feeling... but guys it may be hard but we have to try and stop our selves from being anxious and stressed out... I have no idea how though

 
Old 04-03-2007, 07:08 AM   #15
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honestly i am giving it another day. i don't get better i am stopping it. I feel horrible. i wake up in the middle of the night, my eyes are blanking.

 
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