Drug Ratings for PRILOSEC

Average Rating: 2.1 (1294 Ratings)

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 2  acid reflux I started taking Prpilosec OTC about 6 months ago to control occasional acid reflux because I noticed there seemed to be a relationship between acid reflux and my atrial fibrillation episodes. It controlled the acid relux very well so I continued to take it. Recently I noticed some swelling in my ankles, then started experiencing some joint pain. Last week I started having some severe stomach pain, headaches, and extreme fatigue which would start in the morning and last until evening when it would finally abate but would recur again the next morning. It suddenly occurred to me that there might be a relationship between taking Prilosec (which I always took in the morning upon rising) and the fatigue I was experiencing. I stopped the Prilosec and immediately the fatigue was gone and soon I didn't have the joint pain either. However, the stomach pain was worse than I have ever experienced in the past. I am hoping this rebound effect will not last long but from the sounds of it I may be in for a real battle. F 72 6 months
20.6 mg 1X D
5/31/2010
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 2  Heartburn, acid reflux Toward the end of my 6 months taking Prilosec I began having soreness in my neck and occaisional pain in the back lower area of my head. I kept feeling like I had to stretch my neck from side to side and if I may say so I had the unsubstantiated perception that blood flow in the vessels of my neck was decreasing. It was just a feeling. I went to the doctor who did a physical exam and listened for telltale blockage and he said he found none. I stopped taking Prilosec and the feeling went away though my strong acid production returned. I have decided to be more conscientious about when, what, and how much I eat and have started taking some papaya enzyme tablets to aid digestion. Prilosec worked well at profoundly reducing my acid production but in doing so I would have to say that I stopped paying attention to the quality of my diet and other factors that contribute to acid reflux. I am glad to be off it and transitioning to a better diet. The two things I feel are most important to combat acid reflux are eating a probiotic diet with kefir/yogurt regularly and walking. Walking promotes regularity and I perceive that my acid reflux was always worse during sedentary periods. Think of it in pure plumbing terms. You must keep things flowing to prevent backups. M 40 6 months
1X D
11/10/2010

 2  GERD and sinus infections anxiety, panic attacks, depression, affected my other medications I had acid reflux for years, did over the counter meds when necessary. A few years ago I started getting frequent sinus infections. An ENT saw me in January and said nothing was wrong, but prescribed 20 MG omeprazole daily just to shut me up. There is a link between sinus infections and GERD, and at first, omeprazole was great. Slowly I started having side effects, like my BP and glucose being higher, plus panic attacks. The PCOS which causes my high blood sugars was in full force. Panic attacks felt like I was going to completely lose it, where objects near me actually looked like they were slowly moving away and out of my sight, ears ringing, feeling like I would faint, cold sweats. Neither the ENT or GP told me that omeprazole could cause this, but two weeks ago I just happened to stumble across someone at work (I work in a medical clinic) who said omeprazole made her nervous. I looked it up online, found medications and minerals may not absorb properly because of omeprazole (see the NY Times article about it for more info) AND it can also cause anxiety. I stopped omeprazole -- now my anxiety is gone, and my BP and PCOS meds seem to be working again. But of course after only 10 days off, the sinus irritation is already coming back. I've taken other acid reducers (NOT preventers like omeprazole) but they're not quite enough. I have no idea where to go from here, but I don't think I can take omeprazole again. F 39 6 months
20MG 1X D
8/15/2012

 2  GERD On Zegerid the past 6 mo---did wonders for my night time reflux---but after 5 months of treatment began having intermittant paresthesias (hands, feet, scalp)---labs showed Vit D and Fe deficiency. Now have to take prescription Vit D to combat the Side effect of zegerid. Had been on Protonix prior with no side effects, but less night time acid control and that's why I switched to zegerid. The tingling is worrisome. F 53 6 months
7/25/2007

 2  Acid reflux Headaches / possible migraine trigger Minimal improvement in symptoms. M 45 6 months
2/1/2008

 2  Gas pain, unable to belch air up. It made me belch alot and helped to relive some pain. I get better results eating manna bread and drinking kombucha tea. It has titanium dioxide in it. M 6 months
1/29/2008
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 2   Major, intense, debilitating joint pain. I never put 2 & 2 together until now, but from the moment I started taking Emeprazole, I experienced gradual pain in my hands & wrists. Eventually, it got to the point where I started having blood tests, X-Rays & MRI's done to check for arthritis. All tests came back negative. Eventually, the pain worsened to the point where I would wake up with such intense pain, that I couldn't even pull up my socks, wash my hair or pick up my small dog without being in agonizing pain. Even shaking hands with someone became absolute torture. My knuckles appeared swollen, as did my elbows. On a hunch, I stopped taking Emeprazole 5 days ago, & low & behold, the pain is starting to subside! I have never felt worse in my entire life, & now a drug that was helping with my acid reflux might be to blame! The other side effects I've read on here (chest pain, increased heart rate, etc., I have NOT experienced). Please, if anyone has had agonizing hand/wrist pain, please let me know. Thanks. M 40 6 months
11/18/2009

 2  gerd leg pain and muscle pain to the point I had difficulty walking, fatigue, weight gain. Before I saw a doctor about the symptoms, I checked online for prilosec side effects since this was the only medication I was on to see if this might be causing the problems. I found all my side effects had been experienced by other people so I stopped taking it. I noticed a difference within 2-3 days. The muscle pain has greatly decreased and my energy level is starting to return to normal. I am looking for other ways to deal with the acid reflux but prilosec is definitely not the answer for me. F 59 6 months
7/5/2009

 1  Acid Reflux GERD Two months into taking Prilosec, my periods stopped. The doctor said my prolactin level was up. She didn't know that all of these stomach acid drugs raise prolactin levels. I started to get hip pain. And that has progressed to feeling like I'm dislocating the right hip in my sleep. My thigh muscles felt like someone beat me up and that progressed to where I almost couldn't stand at all. I also experienced loss of appetite, and that all foods, including water tasted funny to me. I wasn't drinking enough water because it tasted weird. There were just a million bad symptoms on this drug. I had the chills for months and couldn't understand why I was so cold until I read it was a side effect of Prilosec. I stopped taking the drug, but the hip pain hasn't gone away. It's severe. I have pain in the right thigh, and the right hip joint is really severe. I am praying it will get better, but so far, it's very scary. I also feel like there's a problem with my lower back, like the di F 39 6 months
8/15/2009

 1  gastric ulcer insomnia, mental fog, low grade daily headache I started taking prilosec because I thought it would be milder than prevacid. At first it was fine but in the last few months I started having sleep issues and low grade headaches that got worse after dinner. Concentration became more difficult with time and my work suffered significantly. I've been searching for possible causes because I did not accept that I was "just getting old and get used to it". I found this website and stopped the prilosec. Within days my fog lifted, I could sleep without ambian, I could actually see better and my headache was finally gone. I aslo stopped taking my blood pressure medication without an increase in my blood pressure, which is now acceptible. M 58 6 months
1/19/2010

 1  Gerd Severe anxiety, panic, tightness in chest, numbness in arms and legs. numbness in face left eye. Cloudiness unable to focus, feeling of being trapped in my head. feelings of despair and depression when I stopped taking it. All of which were not present prior to being perscribed a PPI. Was prescribed another PPI (Protonix) in April and over the next several months noticed increased tightness in my chest and difficulty maintaining composure (excessive outburst of anger/anxiety). In July ended up pulling over to the side of the road while driving home with what I now know were withdrawal symptoms from the first PPI (had run out a couple days prior). ER doc prescribed prilosec along with tranquilizers for panic/anxiety and I have been fighting what I thought was a neurological problem ever since. Got the flue a couple weeks ago and stopped taking prilosec because of the anti biotics and after a week of a nightmare of depression and anxiety I all of a sudden felt great (tired but great). Still hadn't made the connection so I started taking the prilosec again and was terribly ill by the next day. Only got two doses before it clicked and started to detox again. Worst withdrawal I have ever felt, thought I wasn't going to get through it at one point and now at day 7 off I am just able to get up and around. Be careful if you take any PPI's. Alternatives should be considered for gerd if you can do it. I am certainly going to explore some better options. M 37 6 months
12/9/2009
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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 very bad bloating,dry mouth,cough,neck pain,dizzyness,out fo focuse,abdomine pain like stabbing,head aches,anxiety,depression,lack of energy,tired feeling all day,tingle in hands,back pain,itchyness,eye twitch I was never aware of the side effects before taking this medicine.It was recomended by my doctor to take this for acid reflux,i could not figure out what was wrong with me there was days i couldnt hardly function.DO NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT IT IS THE WORSE THING I EVER DID!I'm just worried to see how long these horrible side effects last this is day one of me not taking this horrible product.I can't beleive they don't give more warning,im shocked and discusted.All side effects seem to hit slow snd then all at once.ONCE AGAIN STAY AWAY!!!!!!! M 29 6 months
4/24/2008

 1  reflux dizziness, shortness of breath, depression, anxiety, chest pains, bloat, nausea. ect. i have posted about five months ago descirbing some of my experiences with this drug or other ppi's.. they are all junk, i had all the sides that everyone has listed here.. life does get better. when experiencing all the sides i had all the precautionary stuff to make sure it was not cardiac related. ekgs, labs, er visit, stress tests, and not to mention numerous dr. visits. after a total of seven or so odd months of being off of ppi's, lot's of diet modifications, and i added some probiotics with a digestive enzyme i have found relief. i still experience some of the sides on an occasional basis, but a lot better.. there is hope. M 27 6 months
4/13/2009
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 1  gastric reflux nausea, headache, fatique, muscle cramps, constant soreness, general malaise, belching taking zeolife (mineral) thru nutrimetics thru friend now, didn't realize how great it is and will help you get it too. safe, nontoxic, no chemicals, capsule that attracts to free radicals, toxins that cause disease and illness = dramatic change and difference and no more drugs. her email below for info M 53 6 months
6/8/2009
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 1  Acid reflux Increasingly severe joint aches sometimes causing me to wake up at night--hip, neck, fingers (sharp and intense attacks of pain that felt like pin pricks), shoulders and lower back pain; dry mouth at night; chest tightness; irregular heartbeats; unusual fatigue At first I attributed the symptoms to age since they came on gradually, but finally I was feeling almost crippled with neck, hip, and back pain. I have been an active person--tennis, rowing, skiing etc, and I was having trouble just walking. I visited my doctor several times with each of these complaints. He said heart irregularity was not serious enough to worry about and told me to cut down on drinks with caffeine. Joint aches were explained away as arthritis. I just had a chest xray at my request because of aches and tightness in my chest--negative results; Dr. told me to increase Prilosec--I was taking OTC 20 mil 1 tablet a day--to 2 tablets. By coincidence I had just read the recent NY Times article on dangers of some acid-reflux drugs including Prilosec and decided to stop taking it without consulting Dr. Today 3 days after I have stopped taking Prilosec I realize that I am free of joint aches and feel like the person I was before all of the symptoms started piling up on me. I knew something was wrong and that something had to be done, but it never occurred to me that Prilosec might be the cause. Out of curiosity I went online to check side effects, and I was stunned when I read this report. I am really distressed that my doctor never questioned Prilosec as a possible cause and instead advised me to increase the dosage. As many have already commented, I will find my own way to deal with acid reflux but I will definitely stop taking this drug. M 71 6 months
5/29/2009

 1  upset stomach high blood pressure and back pain I stopped taking yesterday but over the last month my blood pressure & heart rate has climbed from 123/74/53 to 169/97-80 fairly steadily. When can I expect to see a reduction? Please help me with any infromation. M 65 6 months
3/11/2009
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 1  Crohn's disease diarrhea, nausea, heart palpitations. someone else said she couldn't concentrate while taking it and she was depressed. the same thing happened with me, but i was on a lot of other drugs that are known to do that, too, so i'm not sure if it was prilosec or not. maybe it made it worse. Not sure why I was prescribed this for CD, so maybe it's not fair to give it a 1, but certainly it is stupid to prescribe this for CD. M 6 months
6/6/2008

 1  acid reflux from hiatal hernia headaches, back pain, sore ankles, hives on feet, depression, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, chest pain, tingling in left arm I had no problems with Nexium when I took it. But I ran out and I tried to control my disease with diet, but it was not working. Rather than go back to the doctor, which was like pulling teeth to get Nexium, I started on Prilosec OTC, taking it sporadically. I went to the doctor because I was having some strange symptoms and got the full workup and found nothing to do with my heart. Then he suggested I increase my dosage of prilosec to 20 mg 2x a day and things got exponentially worse. Debilitating side effects, including severe depression. Seems to have subsided with stopping the medication, but I will have to keep an eye on my BP to be sure it goes back to normal. F 32 6 months
11/1/2004

 1  GERD/Acid Reflux Six months of: Fluid in left Ear, Headaches, Dizziness, Panic Attacks, Depression, Agoraphobia, Severe Abdominal Pain with Terrible Diarrhea cycling ever two to three days and lasting for a 24 hour period each time. Passed blood in stool and was dehydrated and had to go to emergency room. Had not been out of house alone in over 5 months due to the severe panic and anxiety. Acid Reflux can be altered by MUCH SAFER MEANS which does not take your life away from you. Thank God I finally figured out that the cause of my life altering conditions for the past 6 months were due to this stupid over the counter medication. I will NEVER AGAIN intentionally cause such horrors in my life. I am so very thankful to have my life back. After trashing Prilosec I now have: No anxiety or panic- I'm going out shopping and to lunch with friends- No more headaches AND NO MORE 24 hour AWFUL bathroom issues!!! Eating Live Culture Yoplait Yogurt and keeping Mylanta handy now for acid reflux/GERD is a much better alternative! Life is Good Again! Thank You Lord for returning my common sense to me and guiding me to trash the Prilosec OTC!!!!!!!!!! F 51 6 months
11/15/2008

 1  extreme anxiety Horrible runs of extreme anxiety, a feeling like there is a ton of adrenalin pumping through my body. Anxiety went away after stopping prilosec. Took awhile to figure out that it was the drug and not me. Didn't cause anxiety until I'd been taking it for more than 6 months. Coincidentally, the side effect of anxiety started a few weeks after the relief of gerd no longer occurred. Do whatever you have to do to get rid of gerd:lose weight, don't wear tight clothes. Just DON'T take prilosec F 44 6 months
3/20/2006

 1  stomach issues Panic attack -no energy -insomnia-sick all the time.Never again. F 50 6 months
60
10/12/2013

 1  gerd heart attack symptoms, depression...major anxiety. this drug totaly changed my life for the worst....i quit doing everything, till i figured out this drug was probably the problem. quit taking it 4 days ago, an right away the heart palpitations stopped, a little anxiety still...but alot better. even my husband said i seem like my self i used to be. he's glad i'm back, and so am I F 60 6 months
1X D
9/25/2011

 1  Acid reflux Headaches, fatigue. After reading this site, my suspicion that prilosec has a hand in my new chronic headaches is confirmed. Flushing the stuff. F 35 6 months
20mg
2/12/2012
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 1  Eosinophilic esophagitis All and more: headaches head pressure sinus pressure ringing ears numb hands and feet pulsations through body shortness of breathe and just not feeling myself. Depressed angry sad.....I have thought I was dying. Like I had some deadly disease at 35yrs old. Literally. This is drug is REALLY poison! Dr's either don't realize it or know it and 1- don't want to believe it or 2- don't want to admit it because it's all about money with Dr's and pharm companies. Not human life. Sadly, but so true. I tried telling all my Dr's all these things I was experiencing was from Prilosec. They all said no. No way. It's something else. And so I wasted tons of money on MRI's CT scans blood work ultrasounds etc....ALL were normal. So, it's not the drug? Really! I was fine before I took the drug. NEVER had ANY of these symptoms. I wasted almost a yr of my life being sick FROM this drug. I am in the process of slowly coming off of it. You cannot just cold turkey stop it. No way! You will become very sick if you do. Acid-rebound is terrible. And that among many other issues if you do stop cold turkey. I will eventually pursue legal advice against Prilosec. And fight hard to get it off the market. DO NOT TAKE IT! M 35 6 months
20mg 4X D
1/19/2012
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 1  acid reflux Muscle aches, lower back and hip pain, left shoulder and arm pain, tingling and numbness of arms, and hands, burning and tingling pain in back, anxiety After reading the side effects experienced, I will not take this medication anymore. F 52 6 months
20 mg 1X D
10/26/2010

 1  gerd severe anxiety attacks.feels like heart is pounding out of my chest!lost 15 lbs from adrenaline being out of control in my body! Being an Insomniac for years did not help while on this medication. Yes it helps Gerd, but not worth the price you pay physicaly and mentaly. It took me 6 months of listening to people say: your hyper but not THIS HYPER!!!!DO NOT TAKE IF YOU ARE AN INSOMNIAC, HAVE ADHD, ANXIETY OR ARE SENSITIVE!I had to take Xanax and Valium just to come down from the sick high from the anxiety attacks. People will think your nuts if they don't know you!YES IT'S THAT BAD!STOP DO NOT TAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F 33 6 months
40mg 1X D
10/10/2010
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 1  acid reflux bone aches anxiety heart flutters blood pressure no energy no sex drive tingling arms, hands, and lower legs & feet foggy thinking foggy eyesight and more F 57 6 months
3X D
9/17/2010
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 1  Hiatia Hernia dizzy spells, sickness, light headed , blurred vision thought I was going mad , doctor has done all the tests nothing wrong with me, stopped taking over two weeks ago, still feeling dizzy, How long until I feel better again? would rather cope with reflux than take this rubbish. F 39 6 months
20 1X D
4/4/2011
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 1  gerd depression,depression, depression, loss of muscle strength works for gerd over a few weeks but now I can't get off it M 57 6 months
20 mg 1X D
1/17/2011

 1  Hital Herrnia Horrible depression and anxiety! Felt like I was having a heart attack. Blood pressure went way up. Heart would "jump" and/or skip beats. This medicine is poison. I have been off it for 4 days now and my blood pressure is still elevated. If anyone has had problems with this drug elevating their blood pressure please write me I would really like to know how long this takes to clear out of my body! Thanks! F 27 6 months
20 MG 2X D
1/24/2011
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 1  Horrible heartburn Tingling in legs and feet with extreme swelling in both knees, difficulty walking, arms stiffened, flu symptoms, mind foggy and forgetful. Symptoms came on slowly and explained them away because I am diabetic and I was exercising a lot so I thought I tore up my knees. It wasn't until my legs swelled and I woke up and my arms were stiff and it hurt to move them that I knew something else was wrong. I stopped taking prilosec and found this site told my Dr. He didn't believe that prilosec was the problem so I got a new Dr. who sent me to a specialist to find out I had drug induced lupus had to go on prednisone to calm down my immune system. My second Dr. Is spreading the word about these problems and within a couple weeks of seeing me had another patient with the same problem. It is now over a year later, I have been on an anti-inflamitory diet for about three months and my knees are finally normal again, I still have pain in my hands and swelling in my wrists and fingers and my elbows Please stop taking this stuff. The symptoms slowly come on so you may not even know you have a problem. Friends of mine have taken it for years and stopped after what it did to me and then let me know daily about problems like back pain that went away F 46 6 months
15 1X D
12/24/2010
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 1  Acid Reflux Light Headed,very ill feeling,to ill to leave the house,racing heart beat,joint pain,constipation,change in mood-depressed and really bad anxiety,Tiredness,Fatigue,Shaking,all around TERRIBLE! it helped me for about a month and now it just seems to make me feel terrible. My mom had me stop it about 5 days ago and i feel so much better!Occasional heartburn.but i can now sleep at night without waking up.this medicine is not a great choice for me. F 16 6 months
40 MG 2X D
6/13/2010

 1  Severe inflamation of the esophagus I experienced Heart Palpitations, light headedness, head aches, constant waking up at night. Anxiety Attacks. Depression, Irratability, Dry Mouth, lower back pain. Felt like I was dying. Tired all the time. Diagnosed with Chronic Skin Disease. Granuloma Annulare. I am so greatful to have found this website. I was thinking I was falling apart. I have just taken myself off the drug. I don't want to get cancer of the esophagus, but I am going to a nutritionist to see if I can cure this acid reflux by diet, and not by this drug. Why doesn't this drug have these side affects listed. I will keep you posted. F 57 6 months
40mg 2X D
8/19/2010
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 5  Gastro-esophageal reflux disease None Suffered from GERD since childhood. Tried several OTC drugs, with no relief. Gastroenterologist prescribed Prilosec approx 7 mos ago. Never again have I experienced a single stomach pain. M 20 7 months
6/19/2001

 4  acid reflux none Had a very bad reaction to prevacid, so doc decided to put me back on prilosec but up my dose to 40mg which is working alot better F 23 7 months
20mg 2X D
12/7/2011
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 4  acid reflux nausea,constipation,feeling of stomach not emptying,tingling sensation,bloated,swelling of feet and legs,weight gain. helped with acid reflux but too many side effects. gained 15 pounds in 3 months and my face started breaking out really bad, I stopped taking it and my face cleared up immediately, but now the acid is back. F 30 7 months
5/12/2006

 4  GERD I've been taking 40 mg for seven months. My doctor recommends this dosage for life. Now I am experiencing constant fatigue, and a nagging localized muscle-like pain mid-back on the right side, by the wing bone. I do not know for sure that these are caused by Prilosec, but I suspect this strongly. After reading the entries here yesterday I started taking 1000 mg of B12 daily. (I researched this and on the Website for American Family Physicians, found a research article saying that a minimum of 500 mg of B12 can more or less circumvent the absorption problem caused by Prilosec. I also found an article on PeoplesPharmacy.com saying that cranberry juice can help with this.) I am contemplating cutting those OTC tablets in half to see if halving the dose, 10 mg twice a day, would still help my GERD, but I don't know if this can be done without wrecking the coating on the tablets. I'll ask a pharmacist. It has helped the GERD symptoms totally. I had a baby esophagal ulcer and lots of esophagal irritation. I did try stopping it for four days and the symptoms came right back. F 56 7 months
12/8/2006

 4  Acid Reflux Some depression, anxiety. I'm not sure if it's from the medicine, though I was put on prilosec for my terrible acid reflux. I followed the 14 day regimen, and as soon as i was off it, all my symptoms came back, so my doctor told me to keep taking it. I haven't experienced any acid reflux since then F 18 7 months
3/1/2009

 3  Doctor requested After reading all this,some of the same,blurred vision,fatigue,anxiety,Muscle pains,weakness I want to stop this but Im wondering about rebound effects. I dont think I was givent this drug for the right reason. F 45 7 months
11/5/2007
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 3  acid reflux omeprazole generic (same thing)Cures the acid problem when zantac couldnt. But after 6 months of taking it daily. I started experiencing dark urine, hip/joint pains while sleeping, waking up in a cold sweat, dizziness, nausia (almost vomiting)only in the AM. Cold sweat lasting for about 5 minutes. After two episodes of this in 1 week I have stopped taking this. Directions say not to take it long term without asking Doctor. Doctor said keep taking it. I must return to him with this information and seek a new way to manage this. M 46 7 months
20 mg 1X D
4/16/2010
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 2  Acid Relux Head Ache and feeling drugged. I had acid reflux for about a year. Prilosec made me have head aches and feel drugged and it really didn't work that well. I have have been taking some supplements that have helped me and I wanted to tell others about it so it can hopefully alleviate their suffering. I am taking an Omega three Krill Oil (like fish oil) it is called K-48 made by JD Premium. I am also taking a digestive enzyme supplement called CHF#17 by Drs Country Health Ltd. If you have any questions you can can email me at jamieatbyu@Hotmail.com Good Luck! F 30 7 months
30 2X D
5/3/2010

 1  Haital Hernia, Heartburn Extreme: vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, sweating, fatigue, decrease in appetite; Frequent: dizziness After an accident caused a haital hernia (and no other significant injuries), I was unable to keep more than two meals down. I went on Prilosec and became an invalid who couldn't even eat a bowl of cornflakes. Had to stop going to classes and put my life on hold. I would vomit literally after every single meal. My Doctor realized I was having an adverse reaction specifically to the Prilosec, and switched me to Zantac. Have been happily eating four small meals a day ever since, and am re-enrolling in college. F 20 7 months
20 MG 1X D
2/11/2010

 1  acid reflux This medicine helped my stomach, but I started feeling unwell, having nightmares, nervous tremors, depression, not sleeping, blood pressure going up at night, blurry vision, confusion, shoulder pain, hip pain. I have only been off this medication for 1 week and feel some better, but still have the nervousness and depression. I was taking it in the morning with my thyroid pill , then I found out that your thyroid medication won't even work if you take it with prilosec, because it takes all the acid out of your stomach which the synthroid needs, for your body to absorb it.Please do not take this medicine if you don't have to! It's not worth it.My shoulder pain and hip pain is gone, but I'm still having anxiety problems and depression. I hope that it will subside with time. I thank God I found this forum, because I thought I was absolutely losing my mind! F 64 7 months
20MG 2X D
10/5/2010

 4  acid reflux It worked very well to cure my reflux/heartburn which had been getting worse and worse. But now I have excruciating pain in my feet and legs. I am trying to figure out if it is a side effect or not. I guess I will quit taking it, or take it less often. I take the prescription form because it is so much cheaper. It has been like a wonder drug until now, if it is the cause of my leg pain. It seems it might be and I ought to stop taking it. F 46 8 months
11/17/2008

 3  acid reflux dizziness, headaches, neck pain and headaches, anxiety, panic attacks.. I woke up this morning determined to look into the two medications I take on a daily basis because last night I felt so crazy about what is wrong with me. I never related any of this to the Prilosec I have been taking for 8 months every day until I saw this website. I am praying this is what is wrong with me and stopped taking this starting today. I hope I start feeling better soon. Thank all of you for posting this I never would have put it together. F 40 8 months
30 mg 1X D
1/22/2011

 3  Gastritis Joint pain, muscle pain and weakness, decreased vital nutrients absorption To reduce "acid rebound" I was still thinking I need a 15 mg dose to start (to make things easier and more “guaranteed” results). So I said if they are pellets in capsules they can be weighed! :) So I did a search on “digital scale .001 gram accuracy” (accuracy down to the milligram) - and there they were. Now I could weigh the omeprazole pellets, take that number in grams and multiply it by .75 (75% dose) for a 15 gram dose! The same applies for a 10 mg (50%) or 5 mg (25 %) dose, etc... I wanted to be sure I got enough accuracy in milligrams with these digital scales. The ones I liked were in the $150-300 price range (which can pretty much give accurate enough readings). These scales may be a little pricey, but to me would be a tremendous bargain if they could help get me off this drug. As for weighing the omeprazole pellets, just trim a clean square piece of paper (or wax paper) to fit on the weighing tray, also fold the paper in half (for dispensing). Then just put your “75% or whatever dose” on a tablespoon of applesauce and take with a glass of water! :) Another alternative to using a digital scale is to sort the pellets on a mirror or flat surface carefully with a razor blade into halves or quarters. I'm not sure how accurate this would be if done by eye, or if the “linearity” of the digital scales would be better at low milligram measures... I hope this helps everyone as much as I think it should he M 53 8 months
20 mg 1X D
7/24/2010

 1  Heartburn,Indigestion,Acid Reflux Joint Pain especially Knees, Muscle Cramps especially upper & lower Leg, Anxiety, Depression, "giddyness", difficulty sleeping I am so relieved to find this Website, because there are so many Posts describing symptoms like mine. I had thought that my problems were due to this drug, but was finding it difficult to prove, even to myself. I have been off it for weeks now, and am wondering how long it will take for the symptoms to disappear. At first things were worse after I came off it, but now I do have some better times, although I do still have very bad days; the symptoms do seem to come and go in "waves". The Muscle Cramps are the worst thing. M 51 8 months
20 MG 1X D
7/18/2011
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 1  GERD I was prescribed this 8 months ago because I had a lump in my throat but no other GERD symptoms. Since taking this med (40mg then 80mg per day) I got side effects. Extreme lower back pain, nausea in the morning and hair loss. I had to get dyno out to unblock the drains as my hair blocked them up. The man pulled out a massive ball of hair from the drains. My gastroenterologist double dozed me to 80 mg per day and after than I felt worse. I never had nausea in the morning until I started taking this drug. It has made my silent GERD come alive! I stopped taking this 1 week ago and my acid reflux is bad but I am going to persist and avoid this drug. My GP was astonished the hospital had me on such a high dose for so long and she decided to stop the meds. I am glad. I would advise managing symptoms of GERD through good diet, drinking water, liquorice (deglycerised), anti-acids when it is bad. So get some gaviscon and zantac in for over the festive season. I should also say I took NSAID's with this drug for the extreme back pain and that gave me gastritis. Please re-consider using any NSAID as it can make your GERD symptoms unbearble and you might end up at the hospital with the pain in your stomach. F 32 8 months
12/6/2008

 1  stochach pain Depression, anxiety, nausea, hair loss,and fatigue My doctor told me to take it but never told me to take it on an empty stomach and I didn't bother to read the directions and took it with my meals. Then three weeks ago I started taking it as directed on the box and three days later my hair fell out in a hand full and My heart started racing so bad I thought I was having a heart attack then the anxiety started and depression. I stopped taking it 7 days ago. the anxiety and depression has gotten better but the hair loss is still falling. Does anyone know if it will stop falling? If anyone can tell me please email me. F 50 8 months
12/29/2008
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 1  gall bladder surgery heart palps, dissiness, dirreha, anxiety, depression, hair loss, pain over right abdomen( gall bladder area), back pain i am so greatful for tis website.. i have spent thousands on dr visits thinking something is worng with me... so many specialists for my heart and stomach and they could fine nothing. I rather go the natural way then take any meds... it is the worst F 30 8 months
2/16/2009

 1  Acid Reflux Muscle irritation (especially in the shoulders), anxiety, panic attacks, loss of energy, nightmares, joint stiffness and popping, general over all bad feeling I've been taking Prilosec for about 8 months and it finally occurred to me to check to see if it was causing my symptoms. I'm so glad I found this website. My shoulder muscles are constantly irritated and I didn't know why. Now I do. I'm stopping Prilosec immediately (and I'll report back the results). M 42 8 months
8/1/2008
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 1  Stomach acid Dizziness, fatigue, nausea, difficulty sleeping This page saved my life, seriously. I would never have thought to go off the drug. It's been two years, and I'm still not totally better. M 32 8 months
4/7/2009
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 4  acid reflux Possible weight gain over last yr close to 20-30 lbs! But not sure if its from Prilosec or just getting older and lazier! Best OTC on the market. Had heartburn all the time b4 prilosec. COuldnt sleep or enjoy evnings out. Prilosec helped me! M 30 9 months
1/2/2006

 4  hiatal hernia and gerd I started Prilosec in May 2010 and was so happy to not feel the pain anymore .I take it every morning . About September I was just wondering why my hair was not the same, I also had strange feelings in my legs and off and on a racing heart. Having to deal with a mother with dementia in Europe and having to deal with all of that, going there etc, my girlfriend having cancer, I just assumed it was because of all the exhaustion, worry and tension.Then I started to get of and on really sad, all my joints started to hurt and my hair was getting thinner by the day. I started taking silica and biotin and am still waiting for results. Last night I had the thought of checking on line if Prilosec causes hair loss because it seemed to have started a little after I started taking it, and thanks to your website I now have an answer, no more of that med. I'll do whatever it takes to keep my hernia etc under control with a diet, whatever that might entail , and I pray my pains will disappear, the IF ANYONE HAS TO TAKE IT, DO SO ONLY FOR A FEW DAYS, AND ONLY IF THE SYMPTOMS ARE VERY BAD F 64 9 months
20 mg 1X D
2/8/2011
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 3  Acid reflux I'm sitting on the fence about this medication at the moment. There is no doubt that my stomach feels MUCH better than it did 9 months ago but there are definitely side effects, some of which I'm only starting to link to the drug. I'm constantly exhausted & have become really forgetful (but do have a stressful job so unsure of linked!). I also sometimes feels really nauseous, even more so than before I started taking the meds. Also, pain underneath left rib cage, numbness in fingers, vertigo (all only occasionally) and started developing facial hair on one side. Also head & neck ache. It's hard to say whether any or all of these symptoms are linked to Prilosec but after reading some of these reviews I'm starting to think I might be better off just suffering from the pain of acid reflux!?! F 31 9 months
1/24/2012

 3  Acid Reflux General malaise, depression, crying, easily irritated, general feeling of weakness, random chest pains-like someone is poking me in the heart...not severe pain but enough for me to stop and take notice. I've been feeling disconnected, forgetful, and out-of-it for quite some time now and never realized that all my sypmtoms could be a side effect of the prilosec. I just thought I was imagining things. I'm glad I found this web-site. Maybe I'm not just going crazy. I'm afraid to stop taking the Prilosec though, because it did stop my acid reflux chest pains. I've never tried any other acid reducer since this is what my doctor recommended. F 28 9 months
8/30/2007

 3  Reflux Oesophagus At first none, drug was brilliant! But after about 2 months noticed dryness of mouth which has gradually got much worse, with glands around jaw/neck becoming so swollen that they stick out from my face. On reading other people's comments, realised that I was suffering many of the symptoms which I had put down to other health problems, age etc. These I can put up with, but the dryness of my mouth is so bad I drink water all the time, or, when out have to be constantly sucking candy. At 6 months, doctor dismissed dryness as unimportant. Other symptons: tooth enamel decay (which I've never suffered with, is this the candy?), depression, lethargy, sudden urges to go the bathroom sometimes only resulting in gas and sometimes not(!), recent short term memory loss which my family have noticed (which I put down to age!). Found another site which offers 'natural vegetable remedies' for a fee(!) am not averse to paying, but site is American and these items may not be available in the UK. Would be grateful to hear of any natural remedies other people have found which bring relief to acid problem and which might be available in UK. Thanks! F 64 9 months
11/20/2006
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 1  heartburn HAIR LOSS, anxiety, panic attacks, shortness of breath, depression, anemia, chest/ rib pain, hypochondria, weight loss, vertigo, night sweats, heart palpitations, brain fog... I have already posted here. this is a update 10 MONTHS AFTER I STOPPED this medication So, It has been 10 months since I stopped prilosec and just wanted to give an update on the side effects (HAIR LOSS particularly) because I see a lot of people wonder and I couldnt find the answers myself anywhere. Prilosec makes you vitamin deficient (b12 specially ) so thats where the hair loss comes from. The hair loss is NOT permanent. My body hairs have got completely back to normal. My head is slowly getting thicker. I am taking suplements and trying to eat as healthy as I can to get my body back to normal. This drug is poison and I wish I never took it. I wonder what damage it done to the rest of my body. I had bruises for no reason while taking this drug+ 6 months after I stopped taking it. I havent had a bruise in a couple of months now. My hair is slowly falling out less and less. My scalp doesnt itch as much. So, dont panic if your hair continues to fall out for months after you stop prilosec, It will grow back as soon as your vitamin levels get back to normal (: F 25 9 months
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9/11/2011
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 1  GERD/ heartburn/ acid reflex Severe HAIR LOSS, severe ANXIETY attacks, depression, vertigo, heart palpitations, muscular pain, HYPOCHONDRIA I wish I read about this drug before taking it. I ve been on it for about 9 months not suspecting it for causing all my side affects and relating them to stress (as the dermatologist was convincing me (after I saw him for hairloss), meanwhile I ve had a lot more stressful periods in the past, and this past year has been pretty mellow)... Stopped taking it 3 months ago. Shortly after stopping prilosec most symptoms stopped besides the hair that is still falling out + my scalp is itching. I did discover a natural cure for hearburn/ gerd/ acid reflux- it is called RHIZINATE 3X. It is a all natural medicine and has NO SIDE EFFECTS. I wish I took this from the start as it works for my heartburn just as good if not even better. Does anyone KNOW IF AND WHEN THE HAIR REGROWS? My body hair seems to be getting thicker, but my head is getting real bad. Please email me if you have any info. F 25 9 months
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3/5/2011
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