Prilosec risks

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Avatar_n_tn Hi, My doctor prescribed prilosec about 3 months ago for what he feels is Acid Reflux (Gerd?) Is this drug safe to take over an extended period of time? Id also like to know if there are any gastro/intestinal problems that can cause wide spread burning, tingling, twitching, muscle pain, ear pain throughout the body? I know that seems far fetched, but I have explored EVERYTHING, (neurologists, etc) and so far no one has been able to come up with anything. Thank you for your time.
454221_tn?1259449339 I think I might be pregnant now and don't know the effects of take prilosec now? Does anyone know about prilosec and pregnancy? Is it safe to take or is there something else out there better. I have a doctors appt. on Thursday and hate waiting to know if prilosec is safe or not. I'm going to try and not take it till I see the doctor.
679466_tn?1247009654 Nice summary Sojka. I visited my primary care physician a couple weeks ago, and when i told him i was taking Nexium each day, he gave me an alarmed look and recommended i only take when symptoms occur. I smiled, and said Doc, i hear ya, but those "symptoms" are REALLY uncomfortable. Acid and heartburn = no fun. I told him that if i miss 1 day of taking Nexium, the pain hits me, and it lasts several hours.
Avatar_f_tn If you bring it up to him he is likely to explain and risks. You are the only one who can deside if those risks are too great for you. I would also say that if you find it hard to trust or even talk to your doctor you should find a new one if possible.
568659_tn?1256143582 I am freaking out here, I told my OB at my 12 week appointment that I am getting horrible heartburn and that nothing helps. He gave me a script to prilosec OTC and told me it was safe to take every day. I have not been taking it everyday but I have taken it a couple times a week since then. Well, I just looked online and it is a category C drug and is not to be used during pregnancy especially not before 20 weeks. I am only 17 weeks and have been taking it since week 12!
Avatar_n_tn hi there I have a question I am on prilosec to treat an ulcer and I have been having horrible back pain and chest pain since taking it . have you experienced anything like this ?
Avatar_f_tn I have read of people having pain and side effects after the procedure and I am beginning to regret not giving the Prilosec a try. Is this procedure worth the risks? I want answers, but I don't want to feel worse. Am I or my doctor missing some other things that could be done?
Avatar_m_tn But a few years ago -- even though I was rarely noticing heartburn -- an upper-GI endoscopy showed I had GERD-induced erosive esophagitis, something I definitely don't want because it increases risks. At that time I had cut my Prilosec OTC back to 20mg every-other-day., and had virtually no heartburn. But doc said that I should go back to daily, even though I wasn't noticing reflux symptoms.
Avatar_f_tn I have been taking Prilosec for 10 years with out a problem. Now I have elevated blood pressure, and my GERD is back in full force. I also had a low white blood count (3.8). Any ideas of what this could be?
804145_tn?1244095841 Final Thoughts If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant while taking Prilosec, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider the benefits and risks of using the medication during pregnancy before making a recommendation in your particular situation.
Avatar_f_tn My doctor took me off Prilosec (40mg) prescription and said to take over the counter Prilosec(20mg). My question is can I stop taking the medication and alter my diet? Are there any risks to stop the medication?
Avatar_f_tn Hi everyone! I have a delemma I would like to run past all of you. I take prilosec Every day for heartburn. Have for years. The OB wants to me Skipp dose or try NOT to have it at all for the first trimester (I'm 9weeks) I tired for one day and wanted to die!! She says its because we don't know enough about it to say its safe. But I still have to work and go to school. And that's really hard when your stomach is burning out of your chest! Do you think I should keep taking?
Avatar_n_tn Biopsies showed mild irritation in stomach. Since endoscopy in Nov, GI put me on Prilosec 1xday. GI believes stomach acid is cause of pain. Prilosec seemed to help a little-I'd have more days without pain but the pain would still occur. Over the last week pain has jumped to a 6 on 1-10 scale. Pain is constant aching - might wane for an hour then return. GI still thinks it's acid, increased Prilosec to 2xday and 40mg Pepcid/day.
721523_tn?1331585402 Is reglan the only RX being offered for your refulx and nausia? How about prilosec or prevacid?
Avatar_f_tn Can you call your Dr and speak with someone even though you can't see them? Prilosec is a category C so most of the time those are avoided in pregnancy unless there's a risk to the mother. The fact that you have an ulcer too I wouldn't be comfortable suggesting whether to take it or not. That's really a physician's decision based on your case.
Avatar_n_tn She prescibed me Prilosec, which has actually helped those symptoms. But I also complained of having a feeling like I will suffocate. I am not really having trouble with breathing, but it feels like only every fifth breath is actually sufficient. The first doctor dismissed it as being caused by reflux. I went to see the second doctor and told her about the breathing issues, and how they have progressively gotten worse.
Avatar_n_tn I had severe side effects with the Protonix, so she put me on Prilosec OTC and Hyoscyamine for the spasms. I am taking both medications every 12 hours for relief of my symptoms for the last 5 days. The spasms are being controlled very well, as is the reflux. I do notice that I have pain from the esophagitis if I eat the wrong things. My question: how long does it usually take for the esophagitis to heal once the reflux is under control?
Avatar_n_tn Have you tried any of the PPI drugs like Prevacid or Prilosec? They keep my GERD under control and the vagus nerve quieted down, which reduces arrythmias. I can tell a real difference when I don't take the medicine. I would certainly ask for the meds instead of surgery. They are available over the counter in lower doeses and Prevacid 30 mg. is generic. I would think it would be worth a try. I too, would prefer to try the most conservative approach. Surgery has its risks. Good luck to you.
Avatar_f_tn metropalol, pentasa 16 times a day, ocellated, Prilosec, Xanax..if that helps w anything...I do also take a nausea pill called zofran and this is my second day off the prednisone. I sound like I'm all over the place but I'm just lost on where to start. I'm afraid of dying from this and afraid I need counseling for this disease bc it scares me...any help anyone?
Avatar_f_tn The pressure of growing fetus inside the uterus and the pregnancy hormones may cause pregnant moms to have indigestion and heartburn. Omeprazole (Prilosec) is in the class of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It is effective in suppressing acid and improving heartburns, but it does not work immediately. It may take up to 2-3 days for it to be effective and should be taken on an empty stomach with 6-8 oz of water daily, not as needed.
Avatar_n_tn My mother was on Prilosec when it first came out, and is now on Nexium. Prilosec OTC doesn't quite do it for her. She elevates the head of her bed and has been in good shape for over ten years now. Before this she had to have her esophageal opening stretched via the scoping so she could swallow, as the opening can eventually narrow with the onslaught of acid. You should probably see a GI guy, as this constant backsplashing on your esophagus can wreak permanent changes.
Avatar_n_tn Also raise the head end of the bed by 2 blocks. Pls take some antacid like Maalox and Mylanta or OTC medications like zantac or prilosec in case of dyspepsia and see if the symptoms persist.In that case sinusitis has to be ruled out. Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries.Kind regards.
Avatar_f_tn Also, will taking a probiotic do me any good since I take the Prilosec and have no stomach acid? I MUST take the Prilosec as I have funky cells in my stomach. What do you think?
Avatar_n_tn Hi: Prilosec is a very safe drug, but when taken for too long, it can lead to an increase in certain gastric cancers, and it is possible for you to develop a tolerance to the drug. However, if your doctor has deemed it safe for you to use on a long-term basis (this involves a weighing of the risks versus the benefits) then you should continue taking the medicine as directed. Hope this helps, JOHN W.
Avatar_f_tn This medication has alot of side effects, they say only to take it if the benefits out weigh the risks. Hope this helps, as long as he doesn't loose too much weight from vomiting and doesn't start vomiting blood, he is in no immediate danger. Just help him stay calm, and feed him lots of water so he doesn't dehydrate. Good Luck!
Avatar_n_tn Turned out to just be from the GERD and I was put on Prilosec to settle it down enough to operate. Well, I was on Prilosec for two years and it cured me and I don't get reflux any more. I am on Prilosec any time I'm on meds which can cause stomach upset, including now while on treatment. My insurance will no longer pay for the prescription Prilosec but will cover the over the counter. The OTC is the same, they just give me two per day instead of one prescription.
Avatar_n_tn Lots of women take pain medication during pregnancy and are fine, but only your Dr. will be able to tell you if it's okay or not. Some medications are safe and sometimes there are risks but the benefits outweigh the risks. Call your Dr. and check, if they say you are fine, then I would not worry.
Avatar_m_tn Aside from occasional non-debilitating palpitations and some minor, fleeting chest pain, my only other problems are hypothyroidism, for which I take a daily dose of 75 mcg of levothyroxine, and some heartburn/gastritis issues, for which I take Prilosec OTC. A recent upper GI was normal. My doctor wants me to immediately start a daily, low-dose aspirin for the PFO/ASA: 1.
Avatar_n_tn You should also be aware that any surgical procedure has associated risks. You should consider the risks, benefits and alternatives of any procedure prior to proceeding with surgery.I hope you find this informationhelpful. This response is being provided for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Always check with your personal physician when you have a question pertaining to your health.