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Old 03-25-2012, 05:14 AM   #1
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Can Prevacid cause chest pain/tightness??

I have recently been suffering from a bout of acid reflux. My doctor prescibed 2 weeks of OTC Prilosec. It did help significantly, but by the last 3 days of the 14, I noticed my chest started hurting and feeling tight. It was a bit confusing because heartburn can feel kind of like that too, so I thought it was the heartburn making a comeback. So, when the meds were gone, I went back to the Dr. thinking that I needed more treatment. I explained the chest tightness (almost feels like chest congestion with a cold) and some pain. He didn't even respond to it, and said to take a month of either Prilosec again or Prevacid.

So, I tried Prevacid. After day 1, my chest pain was worse. I took it for 3 days and I finally decided to stop because something must be wrong! It says on the internet that it's an ADVERSE SERIOUS reaction and to call the Dr immediately if you experience it from these drugs. My Dr didn't seem to think much of it.

My heartburn is much better. I didn't take the Prevacid yesterday but I still have the chest tightness/pain this morning. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this from a PPI drug and how long it took for it to go away.

I guess if I have heartburn again, I'm going back to Zantac! I think it's likely the other PPIs will do the same thing to me.

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Re: Can Prevacid cause chest pain/tightness??

Hi,
I dont think it's the Prilosec causing your problem. It's more likely your Acid Reflux and the prilosec is not helping it.
I am having the same symptoms myself and am taking Nexium which dosent see to be doing anything, I seem to get more releif with Gaviscon.
Acid reflux plays havoc with my breathing and chest tightness. You may need to try a different PPI, I havent tried any other type myself but if things continue like this I will have to.
I really wish you well as I know how you are feeling.

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Re: Can Prevacid cause chest pain/tightness??

That is odd, that the Prevacid made it worse.

Now, like Solofelix said, GERD can irritate the lungs, even to the point of causing asthma attacks. And it can be difficult to treat the respiratory GERD symptoms. But you say it actually got worse after taking the Prevacid, which is surprising.

For now, I suggest you try diet and lifestyle measures to reduce reflux (whether you feel heartburn or not, keep doing it for a while) and see what happens.

 
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Re: Can Prevacid cause chest pain/tightness??

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I have recently been suffering from a bout of acid reflux. My doctor prescibed 2 weeks of OTC Prilosec. It did help significantly, but by the last 3 days of the 14, I noticed my chest started hurting and feeling tight. It was a bit confusing because heartburn can feel kind of like that too, so I thought it was the heartburn making a comeback. So, when the meds were gone, I went back to the Dr. thinking that I needed more treatment. I explained the chest tightness (almost feels like chest congestion with a cold) and some pain. He didn't even respond to it, and said to take a month of either Prilosec again or Prevacid.

So, I tried Prevacid. After day 1, my chest pain was worse. I took it for 3 days and I finally decided to stop because something must be wrong! It says on the internet that it's an ADVERSE SERIOUS reaction and to call the Dr immediately if you experience it from these drugs. My Dr didn't seem to think much of it.

I had the exact same reaction to Prilosec.

My heartburn is much better. I didn't take the Prevacid yesterday but I still have the chest tightness/pain this morning. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this from a PPI drug and how long it took for it to go away.

I guess if I have heartburn again, I'm going back to Zantac! I think it's likely the other PPIs will do the same thing to me.

Thanks,
Cat

 
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Re: Can Prevacid cause chest pain/tightness??

I supplement the PPI that I take with Pepcid. For some reason the PPI's seem to give me a baseline reduction in acid but the Pepcid really helps to control it short term when it becomes an issue due to food or something. Asked the specialist about doing this and he said it was fine. I am primarily impacted thru my breathing, the acid irritates my lungs and I have little else now bothering me. Initially a few months ago I was also getting a horse voice but the PPI's took care of that.

Would like to get back to just the H2's but intend to do this slowly weaning myself off the PPI.

 
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