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Old 10-07-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Unhappy IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

Hi, I was wondering if you could share with me what side effects were experienced during taking Nexium 40mg or more (esomeprazole / omeprazole). Any strange effects like feeling chest "tremors" like butterflies inside from time to time? Feeling the heart too much like it is beating extra strong? Overall feeling of weakness? Feeling real internal turmoil like stuffed throat/gas/turning like stomach just before a bowel movement and then relieved afterwards? Feeling you are not breathing enough at times?

OR are some of these due to gastritis / IBS and not due to taking Nexium or the tailing off Nexium? I am at the moment taking Nexpro 40 mg. Used to take 80 mg and that was for 6 weeks. About a 8 days ago I started to tail off since my symptoms (apart from bloating) had settled well. After 2 days of starting the tailing off (it was like 80 mg to 60mg and then from 60 mg to 40 mg in 3 days) the rebound started. I think I did the tailing off a little too quickly but since this doesn't happen to everyone, I was counting a little bit on 'good fortune'. Guess not that lukcy...!

With the rebound, most symptoms that had disappeared returned (like the ones I mentioned above plus chest pains plus headaches plus stomach cramps plus BAD bloating) and now going down again. Anti-acids (Tums) helped and I believe my symptoms that flared up are settling down again with the new drug level which is Nexium 20 mg x 2 per day.

BTW, with the reduced Nexium dose my 'tremors' and butterflies like feeling has gone down like 90%. So, I am inclined to believe that THAT particular symptom has something to do with Nexium. It only started after I took Nexium...never had it before in my life.

Please help. I have another 40 mg to tail off SOMEDAY and I'm feeling very nervous about the rebounds :-( I so dislike PPIs.....wish my doctor at least told me about these before he gave them. I'd have never taken them had I known.

 
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Re: IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

Hi, Yes, the symptoms you describe could be due to the medication. Taking a high dose of a ppi prevents proper absorbtion of the minerals needed to keep the nervous system healthy. The tremors you describe are probably due to a lack of magnesium. As you have reduced the drug and you are absorbing more of this mineral again, so you are finding the symtom lessening. Listen to your body it knows best.

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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Re: IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

Thanks Kacyc. I actually did some searching under Magnesium deficiency after reading this and it shocked me to see all the side effects. I have some of these!

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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Re: IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

Anyone who can help me,

Yesterday was a really good day for me after such a long time. I took it that my 'acid rebound' (after reducing Nexium by 50%) is finally going away after 11 days of trouble. It seemed to. Then I had a heavy meal for the afternoon...felt heavy actually and for hours I was full and not hungry. I have IBS and Gastritis since 2 months. I think the heaviness of the meal set off my IBS later that night because I had a similar meal for dinner. Didn't know that it would be so hard to digest. The tremors started and I lost sleep. Feels like some earthquake is happening internally. With bowel movements it seemed to go down (no diarrhea luckily) and eventually around 2am maybe after waking up at 1 am, I did fall asleep. This morning too the tremors were there but lesser than at night. After having breakfast they seem to be settling further but I can still feel like I'm on an 'edge'.

Do you think taking Nexium can actually aggravate some of my IBS symptoms because having a lack of acid, the stomach will find it even harder to digest and take even longer? Also, I've heard that Nexium causes anxiety in some. I might be one unlucky addition to that percentage of people. Anxiety also causes tremors right...? Thanks!

 
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Re: Nexium side effects

I stopped taking Nexium last October after tapering it down from 40 mg. to nothing in the capsule!

I should have done that so many years ago, or more appropriately NOT started taking them at all!

Some of the symptoms described I also had, but the worst one for me was how it aggravated my migraines, gave me body aches, and depleted my body of all calcium!

I just had a bone density scan and I have osteoperosis to the point that I need to take that reclast injection!

I could kill my Dr. who always told me "DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT"!

 
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Re: IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

Taking proton pump inhibitors can certainly cause digestive and bowel problems. I have experienced constipation, bloating, stomach pains, feeling full like the stomach is not emptying properly, amoungst other things. These symptoms are lessening as I wean off Omeprazole. I had no symptoms before taking it. Lesson learnt, unfortunately the very hard way!

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:11 PM   #7
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Re: Nexium side effects

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I just had a bone density scan and I have osteoperosis to the point that I need to take that reclast injection!
How long were you on Nexium? I have been taking it for 8 weeks now and even still, it is bad enough trying to get out of it.

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #8
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Re: IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

Hi Kacyc, Thanks again. I was thinking about my own symptoms when you said that you started to get symptoms you never had. It is true, I started to bloat terribly and also started diarrhea after being put on the drugs. Before I started the drugs my breathing difficulties (wheezing like) were SO bad, severe. I'd have attacks lasting 2-3 hours at a stretch and the heart raced during these. Ends up with a major sweat, soaked. Thought it was the heart. But it actually was the severity of my gastritis. This is what needed resolving. I still didn't have diarrhea at this time. The drugs got rid of the breathing issue which was great. Also started other symptoms...some of which maybe just the drugs doing its thing. Do you know what might work when these wheezing like attacks start? Wonder what causes these...is it the acid do you know..?

 
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Re: IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

sorry I can't help you with that, as I have not had the wheezing problem, though i believe it can be related to acidity affecting the lungs. That said, the drugs can also cause breathing difficulties. You need to work out whether you are better with or without the drugs.

 
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Re: Nexium side effects

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How long were you on Nexium? I have been taking it for 8 weeks now and even still, it is bad enough trying to get out of it.
Unfortunately for more years than I care to remember! I used to ask the Gastro if what I was hearing about possible bone problems associated with Nexium and the answer was always " Don't worry, it only happens with mega doses and you are only taking 40mg.! Yea but when it accumulates over the years it does equal MEGA DOSE!!!!

The only reason I went along with it was mainly because anything else that I tried did not help me like the Nexium! So back on nexium I went.

Getting off it can be hard but NOT impossible!

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:52 PM   #11
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Hi FM, I'm sorry to hear this Nexium tragedy :-( That is so not done isn't it...! Yes you are right, I think it is the effectiveness of this drug that makes it attractive perhaps even to doctors. But then, they should ideally take the patients off of this after a short trial is my thinking so that the patient doesn't have to face long term consequences. I didn't even know about this Nexium nightmare when I was prescribed. Then only in time did I find out (thanks to every person who posted info on the dark side of this pill). I couldn't wait long enough to get out of it since and the moment my symptoms went down I started to cut it. Rebound comes much faster since I haven't taken it in the longer term. I'm still riding that initial rebound and keep muttering "still 40 mg left" and it drives me nuts to think about how I'm going to cope up with two more rebounds like this. I was on 80 mg! At least is it 40 mg at the moment and this is like the only comfort I have when I keep taking this over and over again morning and night. So sad in a way isn't it...Are you alright now with your acid issues and off of Nexium? I also want to get out of this drug asap and I will try and pray it won't put me back to what I was with a broken down acidic stomach.

 
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Re: Nexium side effects

I read your post on healthboards about your migranes related to Nexium. I have been on Nexium since March 2011 for severe acid reflux. I actually lost my voice due to vocal chord damage for about 6 weeks (my wedding was Apr 2011)..lol I was able to talk thanks to Nexium..sheww I have just recently turned 40 and feel like I am falling apart but all in all am a very healthy person. During my 20's and I suffered migraines very bad and was treated, during my early 30 they became managable and I stopped taking meds. Over the past almost year and half year I have been to ENT, Neurologist and gynocologist all trying to figure out what the hell is going on..lol I have more sypmtoms than i can even remember to write down. I originally went to the ENT because I thought I had an inner ear infection, vertigo, ringing in ears. Facial pain left side and eye socket area. After months of tests nothing. The ENT sent me to neurologist thinking i was having A-TYPICAL migraines. I thought he was crazy. Neurologist agreed with ENT. None of it made sense to me but ok. The chronic daily headaches started to get worse then I go into cluster migraines for weeks. Ended up having to get double nerve blocks periodically..They stopped working. I have racked my brain trying to piece all of this together as to why this was all of this all of a sudden happening then I thought that maybe possibly it was hormonal. So was sent to Gynocologist for workup and all that came back ok except I am now vitamin D deficient..Flags started going up..NEXIUM. It just so happened over the past week i happened to be listening to a commercial on TV about Nexium and it mentioned headaches. So i started doing some research and came across this website of users and OMG I about fell off the couch reading all the things these people have dealt with..EXACTLY the same. I have spent so much on tests, copays, meds etc trying to figure why Im feeling so bad and to think It all could be this darn purple pill. I stopped taking it on Sunday 1/6, I have an appt with a Gastro surgeon on the 17th to look into why the acid constantly is coming up into my esophagus (muscle). I am taking generic priolosec in the mean time so i have something other than Nexium to take as i cant be without anything "Its that bad". I wish i would have researched this pill before taking it..uggg I literally have felt like i have been falling apart at 40..Such a cliche!!

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Re: IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

HayLu107, just read your message and all I can say is " NEXIUM should be taken off the market"!
Since stopping it, my migraines have gotten so few and far in between.
Sometimes we search high and low for answers to our concerns without realizing that what we think is helping us, is really the culprit of all our problems! I really tried to stay away from any kind of "PILL" but unfortunately
was not able to. I now take zantac (not a PPI) and TUMS as needed.
Actually yesterday I scheduled an endoscopy to see what the heck is happening in my stomach!
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Re: IBS, Gastritis and Nexium side effects

FM927, thanks for the quick reply! I am so nervous about how how the next few days and weeks will be. So far so good but I KNOW it wont be easy just a matter of time. I honestly dont even want to be on the prilosec (any PPI) after reading what i have read but " its' not Nexium so its one step down at a time i guess until i see the Dr. The specialist is concerned about the spinchter muscle not being strong enough to keep the Bile down. If that can be fixed than maybe I can manage on over the counter/home remedies. Good luck with all your testing. Keep me posted!!

 
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