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Drug Ratings for PRILOSEC

Average Rating: 2.1 (1309 Ratings)

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 1  Esophagitis Do not, I repeat do not take this medication if you have no prior history of headaches. I never had them before I took this, and since I've developed SUNCT syndrome along with other problems. M 22 5 days
10/20/2014

 5  dysphagia Initial bloating and acid reflux due to taking the first 2 doses too close together in time. It has been good since then but I feel full even 4 to 5 hours after eating and I cannot eat as much as I previously did. I was prescribed Prilosec for dysphagia, but didn't have the prescription filled for over a year just avoiding the foods that gave me a problem. I did have heartburn but not GERD and a couple of tums would take care of it. My primary and most annoying problem was that I could not eat things like a raw apple or white rice or white chicken meat without feeling like it was stuck behind my breastbone. I could take a couple of swallows of water and force the food down but it was uncomfortable. Prilosec has worked very well for me--ending my dysphagia as well as allowing me to eat anything without getting heartburn. But I feel full after eating a large meal for much longer than before I took Prilosec. Right now I have not eaten in 5 hours and it was not a particularly large meal but my stomach still feels full and I cannot eat anything else. I wonder if this is due to the acid reduction in my stomach so the food stays in it longer before it gets digested and so I continue to feel full. This may seem like a good thing but I am concerned about its long term negative consequences on my health. Also after having a problem with my initial doses and not taking a pill on the third day I found that Prilosec still worked perfectly well for me so I've been taking a pill every other day except today when I did not take a pill when I ordinarily would have yet it seems to still be working on the third day after taking a pill. I want to see how many days I can go between taking pil M 62 30 days
20 mg 1X D
10/15/2014
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 2  pre chemo DIZZY LOOPY felt drunk and confused unable to understand simple math etc etc AND I KNOW WHY !! I see your comments ... PRILOSEC chemically likes to snag your magnesium from your body .. this is a chemistry major here not some google poop spewed out .... look up hypomagnesemia( signs and symtoms) everybody here has matching ones and then when you look up prilosec read the for professionals part of the insert ... screams about how it lowers mag levels and increases serum concentrations of any other meds ( like ativan etc etc making the whole thing worse ) EVERYONE GET A BLOOD TEST FOR MAGNESIUM LEVELS THE DAY YOU TAKE THIS CRAP AND THEN GO TO VAERS ( adverse event reporting with the FDA for drugs !) DIZZY LOOPY felt drunk and confused unable to understand simple math etc etc AND I KNOW WHY !! I see your comments ... PRILOSEC chemically likes to snag your magnesium from your body .. this is a chemistry major here not some google poop spewed out .... look up hypomagnesemia( signs and symtoms) everybody here has matching ones and then when you look up prilosec read the for professionals part of the insert ... screams about how it lowers mag levels and increases serum concentrations of any other meds ( like ativan etc etc making the whole thing worse ) EVERYONE GET A BLOOD TEST FOR MAGNESIUM LEVELS THE DAY YOU TAKE THIS CRAP AND THEN GO TO VAERS ( adverse event reporting with the FDA for drugs !) F 45 2 weeks
IV 1X W
10/14/2014
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 1  to protect stomach from ibuprofen d Extreme head and left ear pressure dizzy nauseas loss of appetite insomnia continuous rapid heart rate POTS faint weak totally unwell then the extreme anxiety and panic attacks Never had in my life before this POISON This has been a total nightmare! Iwas hurt june 12th 2014 was put on Ibuprofen. In late july Gastro put me on Omeprazole(prilosec) to protect my stomach LOL! I got gastritis anyhow. Not only did it not protect my stomach I kept getting sicker and sicker every day. So I took myself off the Ibuprofen and kept taking the Omeprazole "to protect my stomach" but still just kept getting so sick I figured it must be the Omeprazole, so I looked up the side effects of it OMG!!! I took a total of 32 pills. I stopped taking it Sept 12th 2014 today is Oct 12th 2014 and it's the first day I feel a " littlte" ok. Every day for those 30 days except today I thought I was gonna die I was sooo sick! I went to the ER at least 10 times my family dr cardiologist neurologist Cleveland Clinic They were all at a loss and of course when I told them I think it was the severe side effects listed for Omeprazole they thought I was crazy. Anyhow thank God I found these forums that gave me some hope. Here were my symptoms severe drunk dizzy ,severe ! head and left ear pressure insomnia, nauseas numbness and tingling in arms face legs, weakness, feeling very faint, then EXTREME anxiety, depression and panic attacks which I never had in my life cant even explain them just thought I was losing my mind and body. The only thing besides these forums that helped me (and Im not done) was my faith in God, my family,and DIAZEPAM! This was sooo bad! Will post again in 2 weeks Oct 26 th F 48 32 days
20 mg 1X D
10/12/2014
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 1  gerd Bad anxiety ringing in my ears blurred vision joint pain palpatations pins and needles lump in throat headache stabbing eye pain night sweats numbness in face tired but cant sleep F 37 1 years
40Mg
10/9/2014

 1  Pain in sternum Severe anxiety and panic attacks. Irregular EKG heart palpitations. Numbness to right side of face. Dizzy, lightheaded, and feeling hazy. Severe migraines and hot and cold streaks shooting up through neck and back of head. Discontinued 2 weeks ago. Just starting to see some symptoms abate. Migraines are gone. Can leave the house now without having major panic. Still some anxiety. Blood pressure and EKG have stabilized due to medication. Still light headed and have the hazy feeling. Hazy feeling causes the lightheadedness but have times now when things are clear. Still have no energy and an overall unwell feeling, but things are getting better, however more slowly than I would like. I will report back and follow up on when all symptoms are gone to give those going through this, hopefully a better time table for recovery. F 64 10 days
20 mg 1X D
10/8/2014

 3  lump in throat It worked or works, but I have now been diagnosed with 32 allergies, and most recently very low abdominal discomfort. Before that I had stabbing pains in different areas of my stomach. Went back to my GI many times and told me to stay on it, it is all stress. Now I have intestinal pain after eating and gas. HAD CT about a year and a half ago, everything fine. Heart rate has gone up to 150 bpm BP dropped to 71/53 with chest pain, ran stress test and nothing is wrong. I think I will try tomorrow going to just 20 mg in the morning and 20 mg at night and come off this garbage slowly and just take pepsid complete when needed. Abdominal discomfort has increased in the last month and no one really cares and I do ask about this dose and they say nothing. THANK YOU TO ALL AND WISH ME LUCK! F 57 2 years
40 MG 2X D
10/6/2014

 1  IBS/heartburn Eyes won't focus when going from close to far, plus blurry vision. Extreme gas some days Pain in face especially bones around teeth. Uncontrollable anxiety, panic, sweating. shaky body unreliable stools one day hard next watery. And my newest one a stabbing pain in my lower right abdomen. M 28 3 months
20
9/29/2014

 1  chronic heartburn Low magnesium levels leading to heart palpitations, charley horses, numbness and tingling in limbs, excessive tooth decay, severe depression and moodiness, cloudiness in thoughts, aching joints, lowered immune system. I had a lot of neckaches and sore throats...all things I never even thought could be related to taking this drug until reading the comments on this website. So, I have taken two prescription drugs - omneprozole (for chronic heartburn) and metaprolol (for high blood pressure) for the past four years. Interestingly, all the above symptoms I blamed on the metaprolol because it too lowers magnesium levels and causes mood swings, etc. I incresed my magnesium intake to 600 mlg/ 2'xs a day and that helped with the heart palpitations and leg cramps, but always at night I had terrible anxiety. In addition I suffered a significant blow to my immune system. I was sick from January - April 2014 with bronchitis, stomach flu, pnemonia, laryngitis, pink eye ----and nothing that normally works for me worked to get rid of these things. I was beginning to wonder what was to become of me. On top of that, over the past four years my teeth have taken a nose-dive...suddently I have cavities upon cavities...I don't know if omneprozole is the culprit, but having read the other comments I think it is a possiblility. I have stopped taking it and look forward to improved health. Oh...I took the stuff for severe chronic heartburn which it worked on fantastically. In fact I only took the 40 mg prescribed every 3 or 4 days because it worked so well for me...but now I wonder at what cost. I don't know if this stuff should be pulled from the market, but more investigating needs to be done. It can't be healthy to block stomach acid production, I mean, duh! We need that stuff to digest food. F 47 4 years
40mg 1X AN
9/20/2014

 1  Hpylori Severe anxiety, panic attacks, chest pain, difficulty breathing and many more. M 32 8 days
40 mg
9/20/2014
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 1  Hiatal Hernia, Chronic Nausea Unbearable 24 hour nausea, depression, suicidal intentions My general practitioner authorized this in a generic form without my knowledge and I had trouble with it previously. This is one of the worst drugs I have ever taken and am shocked it hasn't been pulled off the market. Not only did it worsen the symptoms of what I had, but had I been on it a few more days before I realized what was causing the suicidal intentions, I would not be here now. I was ready to act on those intentions with determination. Withheld dose and within three hours all side effects disappeared. I dropped the doctor too. F 40 21 days
20 MG 1X D
9/7/2014

 1  Peptic Ulcer Dizziness, tremors, unrelenting anxiety, pins and needles in arms and legs, confusion, swelling of hands and feet, irritability, depression, blurry vision, balance issues I have been suffering and had no idea it was all caused by the Prilosec. I thought I had a severe disease. I quit cold turkey 2 days ago. I just wish I knew how to expel it from my system faster. F 48 6 months
20 mg 1X D
9/4/2014
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 2  Acid Reflux Massive anxiety, heart palpitations, numbness in limbs, cloudy feeling, dizzy/shaky, blurred vision, general feeling of unwell It took me a long time to realize my problems were due to Prilosec/Omeprazole. I blamed work, social life, living conditions, allergies, diet & exercise, ect.. Turns out after radically changing my life for the better, and removing all medicines including vitamins and non-prescriptions from my diet one by one. I was finally able to pin point the problems to Omeprazole! Obviously my issues did not happen overnight, but more of a gradual over time effect (staring at around the 6th month mark) until my anxiety condition was unbearable/debilitating. Within weeks of stopping the medication, the cloudy feeling lifted and the slight numbness to my arm and leg went away. I am almost 2 months off the drug, and I'm still battling with mild anxiety (no more palpitations tho), but the majority of side effects have faded away. Some rebounding effects from stopping the drug cold turkey were weeks worth of inconsistent bowel movements and I have noticed I am increasingly shaky after stopping the drug. As well, my sleep patterns are a lot more chaotic with most of the withdrawal symptoms appearing upon waking. But all in all its much easier to deal with than the full blown side effects. Hopefully my body will balance itself out in the next few months. A word to the wise.. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG LONG TERM! On a positive note it did absolute wonders for my acid reflux, but I would still recommend diet and exercise over this drug. M 33 4 years
20 1X D
8/3/2014

 1  GERD Anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue, depression, headaches, joint aches, light headed, dizziness, feeling of doom. DANGER! I am not being dramatic people! This POISON has brought me to the point of feeling suicidal. I was taking Zantac for years and with the advice from my doctor I added Prilosec. Slowly this drug began to change my life. Yes, it did relieve the GERD I was having, but.... I began to have pins and needles feeling in my arms and couldn't figure out why. Fast forward a few months later I began to experience panic attacks and anxiety through the roof. I couldn't go to any store or social event without feeling like I was going to pass out. Being light headed became a way of life. I scared the heck out of myself driving a few times. I became very depressed and had daily feelings of doom and gloom. There were days that I would wake up out of a sound sleep with a headache at the base of my neck. Very hard to sleep at night if I even slept at all. I have been to the doctor many times advising him of these issues and have had many tests which always come back normal. He thinks its all in my head. I know darn right well that I am not making this up just for the fun of it. After many hours of researching this I have found that Prilosec causes vitamin deficiency (magnesium and B-12 to name a few). As of yesterday 7-28-14 I have decided to stop cold turkey taking any antacids. I am taking charge of my life and not listening to the doctors any more on this one, I want my life back and refuse to feel like I am dying anymore. M 51 12 months
20 1X D
7/29/2014
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 1  Heartburn/Other Digestive Issues Heart palpitations, tired (just a general feeling of malaise...like I was in slow-motion), cough/constant throat-clearing, light-headed, anxiety, overall feeling of aggravation/no patience for anyone, severe headache on 2 occasions, eyes seem to have difficulty focusing F 40 1 weeks
20 MG 1X D
7/25/2014

 1  GERD Dizziness heart palpitations numbness tingling hands edema with joint pain and swelling anxiety restlessness In 2005 started having side effects after being on it for about 3 years. I fell and fractured my wrist and ankle, had to beg the doctor to check my vit D and bone density after the fall!! Sure enough osteopenia which is now osteoporosis. Doctors said I was anxious and denied this drug could have these side effects and I was stupid enough to believe them. The GE I just saw the other day said "she had never heard of anyone having dizziness and palpitations from omeprazole. Years of seeing physiatrist for "cervical neck radiculopathy". I finally decided to go off it as the dizziness palpitations worsened, getting increasingly anxious and depressed, increased joint pain. Bad rebound, now week 3 without it, did Pepcid low dose for a while but coming off of that as well, but slowly getting back to normal, change of diet and discovered I'm Gluten intolerant (which the doctor doesn't believe either!!!) I do NOT think this med is for long term use and do not feel it should be OTC. Now I'm off of it, I have developed allergies med and food sensitivities I never thought I had. Very strange. F 56 14 years
20 mg 1X D
7/3/2014
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 1  hiatus hernia headaches,irregular heartrate,fuzzy head, these side effects occurred after long time use. worked well for acid indigestion. F 80 7 years
20mg 1X D
6/16/2014

 1  Acid reflux No side effects...and no real effects I keep trying Prilosec during different bouts of severe acid reflux, and the same thing keeps happening: NOTHING. I still have my reflux and I've paid for this expensive medicine. Has it ever helped anyone? I'm honestly curious. For me, it's just like taking a sugar pill. Please remind me not to buy it again thinking maybe it will work this time. F 44 14 days
20 MG 1X D
5/25/2014

 1  gerd Dizziness chest pain anxiety F 45 10 days
40mg
5/21/2014

 1  barretts anxiety and depression 1 year later 1 year update....still have anxiety and depression. showed my doc. this site and he just poo pooed it. and he was a friend of mine before he was my doc. this drug and the f.d.a. suck. can"t go on much longer M 56 6 weeks
40mg 1X D
5/11/2014
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 3  Acid Reflux Easier to get stressed. Chest spasms and lump in throat. Omeprazole over time is known to deplete Magnesium. I noticed that I had strange feelings in my chest and throat...like a lump with spasms. I was told this was Esophageal Spasms. The strange thing is, Omeprazole is prescribed for this condition. I read online that taking a magnesium supplement can take care of spasms. I took a magnesium supplement and sure enough, it goes away. I went to the pharmacy today and noticed that you can buy Omeprazole with Magnesium. Interesting. So, for everyone that has been taking Omeprazole all these years WITHOUT magnesium, consider taking it with Magnesium. The side effects could go away! Here is more regarding magnesium deficiency (You will notice that the lump in throat etc... is mentioned. Also, anxiety is another side effect of magnesium deficiency): The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle 'twitches' can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur. A full outline of magnesium deficiency was beautifully presented in a recent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. "Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, inc M 45 2 years
1X D
4/23/2014
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 1  Gastric Paresis Danger!! The side effects are horrendous from severe dizziness, constant ringing in ears, heart palpitations, cough and naseau. Glad I found this website. I will NEVER take it again..thought I was going crazy. The worst feeling. 52 1 months
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4/22/2014
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 1  acid reflux/GERD stabbing eye and head pain, dizziness, blurred vision, panic attacks, night sweats will never use this again! Went to the ER at least five times with panic attacks thinking I was having a heart attack. Severe vertigo, dizzy spells, head and eye pain. Doctors told me all symptoms of panic/anxiety! Stopped taking on my own...symptoms went away. F 47 6 months
20mg 2X D
4/9/2014

 1  acid reflux after taking the med I noticed deep lower back pain, so deep that I thought it was affecting my kidneys. The next day I did not take the Prilosec, I took ibuprofen for the back pain which did not go away till the 3rd day off the med. F 43 1 days
20 1X D
4/2/2014

 1  Gerd I was hospitalized with diverticulitis 7 times, and had 3 colon operations due to this drug. The lack of stomach acid caused ingested protein to rot in my guts causing infections. It also reduces the ability of the body to use vitamins. If you are taking this drug, I assume you feel tired with sore muscles due to the lack of stomach acid. I now realize the lack of stomach acid was the cause of many of my health problems. If you have GERD, you are probably allergic to gluten causing pressure on your LES. M 65 15 years
20 mg 1X D
3/27/2014

 2  Ulcers and severe gastritis Neck stiffness, back pain, bloating, rapid weight gain, weakness, exhaustion, muscle spasms every night in calves, depression and constant 24/7 agitation, bad breath, teeth pain I thought I was crazy! I had my gastro doc and regular doc both tell me these side effects aren't from Prilosec. Bull! There's a lot of people saying the same things I experienced. I'm not a person to say something is poison, take it off the market because some people are okay with this drug. For the ones who aren't though? It's bad. The depression was the worst part. I went from me one day to some other person. I hated who I was taking this stuff. Tried cutting the dose way down and to only once a day. Didn't help. There's a rebound of acid when you stop but it should go away. The personality change downright scared me F 40 14 days
2X D
3/24/2014

 1  Supposedly Acid Reflux Many side effects, Extreme fatigue, weakness, heart palpitations, anxiety, depression, night sweats, lump in throat, vitamin D deficiency, vitamin B deficiency, Potassium deficiency, back pain, hip pain, lost weight, lost muscle mass, This drug is poison, should be banned. Side effects seem to slowly creep up, day 1 seemed ok, from there on I felt weak and very depressed, by day 12 I was having heart palpitations. I went to ER and they did EKG, blood work, etc and told me I was fine. I had no clue that the Prilosec was causing this so I continued taking it for another 6 days. By then I finally googled it and found this site. That convinced me it was the Prilosec and I stopped taking it that day. The next day the weakness stopped, but the other symptoms lingered. I went to my MD and she ran bloodwork and found the vitamin deficiences, so I started taking the needed supplements and I started feeling better but I still had the heart palpitations and anxiety. So 5 weeks after stopping the prilosec I started taking St. John's Wort and within a week I started feeling much better. St. John's Wort cleans the prilosec out of your bloodstream.... I am very disappointed in FDA and Proctor and Gamble and our drs....... This has been a horrible nightmare that should have never happened. F 55 18 days
20 Mg 1X D
3/21/2014

 4  GERD Some uneasiness and stomach irritability I’ve had GERD for the last couple of years. Two months ago I started having “lump in throat” feeling and last month my doctor prescribed Prilosec. After reading comments here, I decided not to take it… what a mistake! I’ve been dying every day from “choking from lump in throat”, until it became unbearable. Finally, I decided to take Prilosec. After only two doses, lump in throat disappeared. I feel so stupid for suffering for so long, even though I had this medication all the time, but didn’t take it because I was afraid of horrible side effects people described here. F 44 5 days
20 mg 2X D
3/20/2014

 1  ulser/frequent heartburn I think I'm allergic to this drug. I took it once and within ten minutes I couldn't stop coughing, then I got dizzy and couldn't focus, started shaking, felt like I couldn't swallow, rapid heart rate, and swelling ing of face. I then looked up all the information and from the symptoms it said I was having a rare, severe allergic reaction and to seek medical attention. My husband is a biology major and told me to puke and take a vitiman (in case I was low on magnesium). I don't think puking helped that much cause the drug acts so fast. But it really scared me thinking I had to go to the hospital. Reading all these post has reassured me that I will be OK. Its been about an hour since I Took it and I'm feeling a bit better, not fully OK though. Never again, waste of money. Not for me F 26 1 days
20mg 1X D
3/20/2014

 1  GERD Nausea, headaches, sour taste, sore throat, night sweats, tingling/burning in legs, fatigue, cramps, pain in back of neck, stomach virus, increased anxiety. It got rid of the heartburn, but after taking this drug for three weeks, I developed a bad stomach virus. Vomiting and diahrea, feeling of exhaustion. I hadn't had a stomach virus in over 20 years. Since Prilosec prohibits stomach acids from being released, bad bacterias with thrive in the digestive tract and it is not unusual to get stomach viruses. Doctor never explained possible side effects prior to prescribing. I was switched to Pantoprazole 20mg twice per day, the nausea is gone but I still have sore throat, stiff neck, pain in back of neck, feeling of something stuck in throat, feeling of swollen lymph node in base of neck, and occasional feeling of hot coals in my legs. I'm weening myself off by taking only one 20mg dose per day until I can get off completely. This stuff is bad news. M 45 6 weeks
40 MG 1X D
3/13/2014
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 1  physician prescription I've been researching and was fixing to make appointment with cardiologist because I thought I was having a heart attack 3 times in early A.M. hours after my late night dose. After this starts I take pepto & it goes away. I just read this review & it's identical in symptoms! I'm going to give it a try to see if I have any more of these episodes. I'm guessing it stops & so grateful for coming across this review. F 54 10 months
40 MG
3/5/2014

 1  acid reflux Took this for GERD. Had squeezing chest pain. Blood pressure increased, anxiety. Took 2 weeks to figure out this was causing problems. Tried generic. Then just quit. Doctor and pharmacist said they never heard of this side effect. But it happened to me. F 54 2 weeks
3/2/2014

 1  heart burn @ pain stomack Right hip extreme pain unable to left leg, severe radiating pain from spine with pins needles over entire body. if bending down was severe. I have Celiac Sprue and Osteoporosis which the doctor knew. I have stopped taking the medicine but still having side effects but not as severe. i would advise a person who has Osteoporosis and Celiac to find another solution for Gerd/ M 74 2 months
20 MG 1X D
3/2/2014
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 2  Ulcer Nervousness and anxiety from one dose. Said something wrong to my dear wife which no drug can heal. M 47 1 days
20 MG 1X D
2/23/2014

 1  acid reflux Numbness in the face, pressure, swelling, lump in the throat. 31 2 days
20ml
2/23/2014

 1  acid feflux Terrible anxiety,never been anxious in my life like this,pins and needles in hands,headache,blurred vision,(doctor told me to visit my optician)nausea in morning,pain in elbows,severe neck/ back pain around gall bladder area,panic attacks,could not sleep,even with sleeping tablets,chills in back,loss of appetite,palpitations,night sweats. F 60 4 weeks
20mgx2
2/22/2014

 1  acid indegestion/ bloating Glad to see I'm not alone or going crazy. Started prilosec in december, for acid. Bloating issues. And the first 14 days were fine but as soon as I was done with 14 days two days later the acid started and the bloating returned. So went back to Dr and he told me again to continue taking it so went to buy more. And symptoms went away. But 2 weeks later my knees, elbows, neck, gums, started aching, my neck felt like static or weird shocks, in my jawline, my joints were achy, was anxious, mild heaches, a lymp node on my neck swolled alittle. Had numbness and tingling in hands for no reason. My throat felt closed sometimes. I couldn't see right at night. Mind you my stomach issues were gone all the other new symptoms were wore neck issues being the worst. I took 3 , 14 day dosages Dr orders. But I have quit taking them have an apt with my Dr next week. I would no recommend this prilosec med. M 29 3 months
20mg 1 day
2/21/2014
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 3  Gastritis Severe migraine, horrible anxiety, constipation, nausea, growling stomach A few years back I took Priolosec and was completely fine on it. I don't remember experiencing any kind of side effect. F 48 17 days
20 mg 2X D
2/16/2014
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 1  GERD My list of symptoms is pretty long: anxiety, depression, fast heart rate, palpitations, pain in armpit, neck, chest, arms and legs, headaches and pressure in neck and head, eye pain, blurred vision, bloating, intestinal pain, nausea, tingling and numbness in hands, feet and face, shakiness on inside and out, fatigue, pain in jaw, dizziness, trouble sleeping, sweats and confusion. I'm shocked from what I have read on this website and can't believe I've been put through this hell for so long. I've been to my Dr multiple times for different concerns but I'm always told I'm fine. I'm so happy I'm not alone and I'm making an appointment to get off this evil drug. Wish me luck. I will take heartburn any day over taking this stuff. I need my life back. I'm sick and tired of not feeling myself and hope I can lose these horrendous side effects. Good luck to everyone else who has gone through this or currently is. Get off this drug!!! And if a Dr tries to prescribe it to you.....RUN!!!! F 31 7 years
20mg 1X da
2/13/2014
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 1  Heart burn. &. Acid reflux Bad chest pain thought (heart attack) doc said im perfectly fine. anxiety light headed very tired tremors and agitation this is my 3rd day off and I'm starting to feel normal again sticking with old school alka selser M 31 10 days
20mg
2/10/2014

 1  Frequent heartburn Lump in throat, itchy throat, pain in esophagus, red/swollen face (felt like my face was on fire), anxiety that was through the roof, increased migraines Do not take this drug. I wouldn't give it to my worst enemy. The pain in my esophagus was unbearable. By day 8 my face was so swollen, red, & hot to the touch. It felt like my skin was on fire. I've suffered from migraines for years & this medication made them way worse. Just don't take the stuff! F 29 8 days
20mg 1X D
1/30/2014

 1  Supposed Laryngopharyngeal reflux Tightness in neck and chest, pain under chin, severe anxiety... Seriously BAD anxiety. Shortness of breath. I've been trying to figure out what was causing it. Seems like it could be the prilosec OTC, seeing as my chest never hurt from the supposed LPR. I'll never take that garbage again. Been without it for three days. When will the pain and anxiety end? M 26 2 weeks
20mgX1
1/29/2014
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 1  acid reflux I had severe panic attacks, anxiety, docs gave me anti anxiety drug to bear this drug. I already have major heart palpitations and they not only increased, they changed, they became what they call a rythum called bi Gemini and tri Gemini. I am now going thru testing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. I was depressed and angry, and very tired. ringing in my ears, fluid in my ears, and appetite loss. I would not recommend anyone to use this dangerous drug. I now am using apple cider vinegar instead, and also am eating more salads with vinegar and oil. it is helping. I had burning in my chest is why I went in to see the doctor. I would have never expected that I would be so "loosely" put on a medication that has such horrendous side effects, worse than what I went into the doctor for. I am so disappointed. and sad about that. everyone that knows me knows I am not one to be the way this crazy drug made me feel. I feel sorry for my family, as they worried so much about me. F 50 3 weeks
20 1X D
1/28/2014

 5  GERD Slightly lightheaded for the first day, after that, none. F 42 4 days
40 MG
1/1/2014
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 1  gastritis Im in England. Im taking omeprazole. Terrible side effects. Nausea. Unbelievable gas. The worst side effect for me are the muscle pains. I can hardly move my arms. Both knees are sore. I will never take this poison again. Took my last one yesterday and Im still in agony. My doctor has some questions to answer about this awful stuff. F 55 2 months
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12/21/2013

 1  acid reflux I have stopped taking this awlful drug because I am trying to go natural and the withdrawals are terrible I can realte with everyone here. from depression to cant sleep to aweful awelful rebound acid symptoms. It has been 2 wks since my last one cant wait til it gets better I refuse to break over and take it again. I had a friend die with a massive tumor in her stomach and I don't want that to happen to me. I ate the stuff glad I found this site I know I am not alone! F 53 3 years
20mg 1X D
12/17/2013
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 1  barrets esophagus lost hearing right, came back and now have constant ringing 2 friends experienced some hearing loss after a couple months after starting prilosec they had thought hearing loss was due to hitting 60s M 62 60 days
30 2X D
12/11/2013

 1  took NSAID, DR PRESCRIBED ME LOOSE STOOLS, ANXIETY, SHAKES PANIC ATTACKS, WEIGHT LOSS. THIS DRUG SUCKS, DON'T TAKE IT. WAS HAVING MAJOR ANIEXTY. STOPPED AFTER 10 DAYS. LOST 5 PDS WITHIN A MONTH, LOST DESIRE TO EAT AND WAS DEPRESSED. DEALING WITH THE ACID REBOUND BUT IT'S BETTER THAN BEING ON THAT SHIT!!! THE DRUG NEEDS TO GO OFF THE MARKET. TOO DANGEROUS. F 38 10 days
20Mg 1X D
11/28/2013
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 1  GERD, BARROTS. First week was fine. Second week waking up with severe pains in both legs and headaches. This sucks! M 35 2 weeks
40mg
11/19/2013
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 2  Gastritis Depression, hopelessness, anger, stomach pain. Joint issues, especially in the knees. I HAVE FOUND THE CURE FOR THE STOMACH. GET MASTIC GUM, IT IS AN ABSOLUTE LIFESAVER This sort of worked for my gastritis, but caused a myriad of other issues. I have found the cure, though. It's called Mastic Gum. As soon as I started taking it, it relieved my stomach issues and I was able to stop taking Prilosec. I've suffered for more than 2 years with this awful condition, and Mastic Gum has helped exponentially with the pain in no time at all, and more importantly, took away my need to dose myself with Prilosec. I hope this helps someone out. Order Jarrows Mastic Gum from Amazon. You won't be sorry. Contact me if you have any questions, or want to discuss something. M 27 30 days
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11/10/2013
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 1  Gerd Not beneficial at all! Achy joints, anxiety, worsened stomach issues, AND hair loss!!! I've always had thick hair and could not figure out why my hair thinned dramatically. Was getting tests for thyroid issues and never thought to contribute it to Prilosec. Stopped Prilosec months ago and my hair is filling in again! My friend is the one that pointed it out because it hapoened to her as well. This crap only causes more issues-does NOT solve them. Take at your own risk! So sick of doctors giving us crap that makes us worse so that we need more meds. F 30 2 months
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11/5/2013

 1  GERD High Blood Pressure, Heart Palpitations, Anxiety, Depression, Uneasiness, Lightheaded/Dizziness This is another follow up to my post from 2 weeks ago. The horrible side effects are finally subsiding. It's been about a month since I stopped taking Prilosec. My BP is back to normal (120/80) however I still have heart palpitations on and off but not as bad. My anxiety and depression is getting better and I don't get lightheaded anymore. I just want to let people who are suffering know that there is hope. I've read that if you are on Prilosec for a while it takes about a month to completely leave your system. The bad news is the rebound effect is horrible. I've tried some of the natural remedies, but they don't seem to help much. Please email me if you have any questions or advice. M 28 8 years
20 MG 1X D
10/30/2013
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 1  Acid reflux After a week joint pain started in wrist next same night both ankles tops of feet. Next day left knee. Next day right wrist. Stopped taking after reading Side effect forums. Eventually both wrists both elbows. Both knees both ankles feet. Dr says prilosec wouldn't have caused it. It's been over a month And these pains are still here. All bloodwork is Normal. Except for elevated sed rate. (31). Now I have severe neck pain with everything else. Now off work cause I barely walk. Was having to take 2400 mg ibuprofren a day. Dr switched to celebrex. Feels like torn muscle or tendon in neck when I swallow. This sucks!!! Weird part is no swelling in any of joints. Was hoping would be better after a month of stopping, not happening M 40 10 days
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10/27/2013
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 1  GERD High Blood Pressure, Heart Palpitations, Anxiety, Depression, Uneasiness, Lightheaded/Dizziness This is an update to my post on 10/3/13. It has been 2 weeks since discuontinuing Prilosec. At first, I felt better. Now the symtoms are back. I can't sleep. My heart is pounding all day long. I get episodes of anxiety. It's almost like I'm going through a withdrawl! IF ANYONE CAN OFFER HELP PLEASE CONTACT ME. I will write another follow up in 2 weeks. M 28 8 years
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10/15/2013

 1  stomach issues Panic attack -no energy -insomnia-sick all the time.Never again. F 50 6 months
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10/12/2013

 1  heartburn I have taken this drug for 2 weeks and I am so pissed at the doc that rx this. I have horrible gas, don't want to eat, stomach cramps, and so very tired all the time. I told him that I only had heartburn and he insisted I go on this crap. I am stopping this right now! Dont take this unless you want more troubles. F 28 2 weeks
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10/4/2013
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 1  GERD, Acid Reflux High Blood Pressure, Heart Palpitations, Anxiety, Depression, Uneasiness, Lightheaded/Dizziness I was diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflux about 8 or 9 years ago. I was originally given Nexium. It worked well for my reflux. Never had any side effects. I was switched to Prilosec for insurance reasons. I was assured it was basically the same drug. It worked just as well, but there were some mild side effects at first, but they were bearable. I started to get very anxious and antisocial for no good reason. I had problems concentrating at work as well. My social and professional life was going down the tubes. I sought prefessional mental help. My therapist diagnosed me with anxiety and mild depression. She suggested that I go on antidepressents. I was prescibed Lexapro by a pychiatrist. It worked well at first. Over time I gained a lot of weight and got this light headed feeling all the time. I weened off of Lexapro. The anxiety came back but only worse along with high BP and heart palpitations. I randomly read an article about the side effects of Prilosec that it can deplete magnesium and other nutrients on your body. I stopped taking Prilosec and took a magnesium supplement as well as Vit B/D. I feel so much better. I never thought that Prilosec could be behind my anxiety issues. I will report back to let you know how I doing. M 28 8 years
20 MG 1X D
10/3/2013
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 1  acid reflux insomnia, depression, anxiety, weight loss (20 lbs. in 1 month) do NOT take this poison. i was a very strong, athletic guy who worked out 5 days a week for the last 20 years. in one month i lost all my muscle mass and have suffered many symptoms since i stopped taking the poison 11 weeks ago. i PRAY for recovery. doctors SUCK. M 55 6 weeks
20 mg 1X D
9/17/2013
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 1  Possible stomach ulcer Sore hard patches on hands, diarrhoea, nausea, confusion, vertigo, very painful joints especially wrists and swollen fingers. Feel very unwell to the point I have been unable to do anything for myself. Absolutely no appetite either, I've lost a stone in weight in 3 weeks! I was prescribed these due to a low red blood cell count which my Dr put down to many years of using Diclofenac. I must stress at the point in time I was prescribed them I actually felt very well. Within 5 days I developed sore patches on my palms and ulcers in my mouth, my GP said my hands were a type of eczema and prescribed cream. 5 days later I developed diarrhoea, which my GP said was a bug. I came off the Prilosec for a few days, some of my symptoms improved a little but the tummy didn't. So I stopped the diclofenac and started taking the Prilosec again. I have had such excruciating joint pain, especially in my hands and wrists - I have wrist supports to wear as its so bad. Terrible nausea and diarrhoea, and whole body aching. Very twitchy and unable to settle for long, very low mood and finally yesterday vertigo. I stopped these tablets 2 days ago, yesterday I had the worst day ever and was unable to lift my head off the pillow but today I feel a fair bit brighter. I'm hoping that over the next day or two things will improve so I can return to work. I have also started eating again today after 3 weeks of no appetite and had my first cup of tea that I actually wanted. I have had tests for stomach cancer, pancreatitis, kidney and liver problems etc since taking these. I am also booked for an endoscopy to see what is up. I now believe its the tablets as I had no reflux or gastric problems prior to taking them. F 54 20 days
20mg 1X D
8/18/2013
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 3  GERD Seemed to help with the GERD but caused severe Iron Deficiency Anemia. Proton Pump Inhibitors interfere with absorption of various minerals including iron and B12. Went through all sorts of tests looking for blood loss until I stopped the Prilosec. Iron caught up within 60 days. M 63 3 years
40 mg 1X D
8/16/2013
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