Re: Desperate for Help Regarding Protonix
I didn't have any side effect difficulties with Protonix, Prevacid, Prilosec, Aciphex, Zegrid, or Kapidex.
It was Nexium that got me. I was on a twice a day regimine on all of the above (except the Kapidex) and of the Nexium. As soon as I started the Nexium, I has extreme nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, and intense heartburn. (I have "silent" reflux and never had heartburn before this. My symptom was coughing and breathing problems because the acid was irritating my lungs.) I stayed on it a couple days, then called my doc. He told me that I wasn't giving it a real try and that I needed to stay on it for at least a month to see how it would work. I also needed to give it a longer try before I could try the next med because of insurance.
Anyway, I suffered with the Nexium longer than I should have. I assumed that after going off of the Nexium, I had chronic diarrhea and nausea that continued. I was on it last June. As of October, I was officially diagnosed with IBS. I had some reflux-related stomach surgery around the same time. I've gone from IBS-D to IBS-A.
All of my docs say that the Nexium had nothing to do with my IBS problems. I still say it did. I was clockwork regular before I started on the Nexium and I started in with the symptoms immediately upon beginning the prescription. If the two are unrelated, it is an awfully coincidental. I'm not buying it.
I certainly hope your issue clears up soon. I think my incident is way out of the norm. Just wanted you to know that PPI's can have side effects for some people.