Drug Ratings for ACIPHEX

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 5  acid reflux None F 64 10 days
40mg
12/1/2013

 4  Acid Reflux Where do I start??? I have been on and off Aciphex for such a long time. I was put on it after having a scope done and they found a little sore in my esophagus. I never really had reflux much before taking this drug. When I have attempted to stop taking it I end up miserable!! I am going through this now. The Dr. didn't ok my refill because of the holiday I guess. I have been off completely now for 3 days. I have so much acid, basically can't eat because EVERYTHING is making it worse. I have had diarrhea, cramping. My left leg and foot plus my left arm and hand feels tingly. I have a dizzy head and slight headache. After searching for help online I stumbled on this posting. OMG! I am realizing that after reading all the posts that others have had horrible side effects. I am shocked! I have had irregular heartbeats for years. My previously thick hair is now thin. My skin is always dry, my nails are brittle. I am always tired and feel like I have the flu. I have been to the Dr. with these symptoms for years. Never find a thing. Could it really be this drug??? I don't think he has ever considered the side effects of this drug and especially being on it for so long. I had one Dr. tell me I would have to be on it the rest of my life. Just like a diabetic has to be on a life long med. I just don't know how I will be able to get over these terrible withdrawal symptoms. But I can not go back on this medicine!! I am going back to the Dr. this week and give him the link to this website. Praying you all can F 61 10 years
20 MG 1X D
12/1/2013
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 2  Patchy erthyma in antrum and gastri Feel hungry every hour which has not improved and lots of gastric still persist M 20 3 weeks
20 mg *1D
11/4/2013

 1  hiatal hernia palpitations, low vitamin d, fatigue, never feel like myself, severe muscle pain, osteopenia. works great controlling acid reflux but i don't know which set of symptoms is worse F 57 45 days
20 mg 1X D
8/16/2013
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 1  Hiatus hernia I've experienced heart palpitations, elevated liver enzymes, swollen ankles, feet, and legs. Dry mouth, joint pain, weakened bones, eye twitches, and back pain. Since being on this medicine, my big concern is on my liver and weakened bones, I've even had a broken wrist. Ive tried to get off of it, however when I skip a dose it feels 10x worst. When they put me on aciphex, they also put me on calcium -vit D and magnesium. I've been on a vitamin D 50,000 unit treatment for 8 wks, twice already. When I spoke to my doctor about how I feel when skipping a dose she said, the pills work by blocking the pumps in your stomach, naturally your stomach will then produce more pumps, until finally your stomach has made thousands of pumps. When you stop taking them, all pumps are working full force making the acid reflux unbearable. If they know all this why do they prescribe it in the first place? For me it's now finding something that will work or surgery. :( My cousin was just diagnosed with the same hernia I have and they prescribed her aciphex, I sent her this link. She said she was not going to be taking them. For those of you with no side effects, that's wonderful, you're one of the lucky ones, for those of us not so lucky, please be cautious of what you are taking. These are very dangerous and like drugs, can be very addicting. When the heartburn starts up that bad your running looking for that little yellow pill. I should've seen it before, yellow for warning. Please do not take this!! F 43 8 months
20 mg 1X D
8/7/2013
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 3  severe acid reflux from opiates Totally stopped the symptoms, no noticeable side effects at first. BUT...see comments. Over the long term, I lost about half my hair; and I have to supplement a number of vitamins and calcium, because Aciphex blocks absorption. Then my insurance stopped covering it; and since nothing else works for me at this point, I began paying for it myself. Without insurance, it's $365 for 30 pills and it keeps going up. Even worse -- after all these years of doctors telling me I had to take it to prevent throat cancer, the New York Times just published an article about a study showing that PPI medication may CAUSE throat cancer. The problem is, once you're on it, your body adjusts; and it's very difficult (impossible?) to get off. Meanwhile, it's become less effective over time. I now have reflux even after taking it. My doctor tells me to double the dose. No way! It's a slippery slope. My advice would be DON'T START. F 67 8 years
10-20 1X D
6/3/2013

 5  acid reflux the only side effects I have are when I do not take them, after missing 2 days, I can't lay down flat or even on a pillow as the reflux is so bad it keeps me from getting to sleep and days are horrible. I hope to never miss another dose. F 66 2 years
1 1X D
6/2/2013
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 4  Barest esophagus Itching which starts around 4.m. After taking it first thing in morning 62 10 years
20
3/16/2013
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 5  Gerd Non that I am sure of. I am wondering If it affects my body's ability to absorb vitimins am minerals. F 6 years
20
12/13/2012

 5  gerd none I cannot believe the other comments on here. You people need to quit malingering. F 30 15 days
20 1X D
9/10/2012

 2  Barrett's ; Gerd ; Stomach cramps and diarrhea Took this a few years ago and had same effect. Iam off forever. VERY IMPORTANT. for all of you whose insurance won't cover this very expensive med, my doctor sent in a statement saying the other ones I have tried did not work and this is the one that was the best for me The insurance company ( a very big one) made an exception and covered it. M 72 2 months
1X D
8/8/2012

 4  GERD & Barrett's Esophagus Headaches daily, some tremors in my hands and fingers, loss of appetite. I was taking Omezparole for about a week or so due to some acid reflux issues at the time, which were still unclear to me then, and developed a full body rash. Afterwards, I was diagnosed with GERD and Barrett's Esophagus and subscribed Aciphex. I've been on it for almosty a week now along with Calcium with D3 supplements twice daily to hinder any early on-set Osteoperosis. So far the acid reflux has been a lot better and still feel occasional chest pain if I've eated something really fatty, but mostly the acid reflux symptoms have dissolved. The only thing that worries me are the tremors I've had. At first I thought it was just an old injury acting up (I injured my hand a couple of years ago and hurts every so often), but then it happened in the other hand. It could just be in my head though haha F 22 6 days
20 MG 1X D
6/11/2012
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 5  Barret's esophagus diagnosis. None. I highly advise anyone who has acid reflux more than 3 times per week to definitely talk to a good doctor about it. I had reflux at least 3 times per day for many years. I didn't realize how many bottles of Pepcid complete I had stashed everywhere. Started with Rolaids many years ago, went through Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, then Pepcid complete before I consulted my doctor. First, my health plan insisted I try Prilosec. That was four days of hell. Fortunately, my gastro's nurse called to see how I was doing on the Aciphex, and I told her my dilemma. What an angel! She straightened that out immediately. Aciphex has been a godsend for me. I cannot believe the side effects some of the folks are reporting here, as I have felt nothing but relief. This past week, due to something my wife read to me from the newspaper doctor column, I took a break from Aciphex. I didn't feel any side effects from doing that, but my acid reflux was back in 3 days. I went four more days, and just kept taking temporary OTC stuff. I am sick of that. I should have talked to my own doctor first. M 64 4 years
20 mg 1X D
5/11/2012

 1  Chest Pains Stomach pains, chest pains, anxiety, fatigue, headache, erratic heart beat, raised blood pressure, dizziness, nausea (even when taken with food), blurred vision. I was given a 9 day trial on 4/25 (three bottles of three pills) along with a 6 day trial of Arthrotec. This was a solution my doctor came up with. I've never had consistant heart burn or indigestion, no signs of acid reflux, so I was confused as to why he would offer me this medication. The first day I took both pills, I experienced some dizziness and some nausea. I was at work, so I just had to brush it off. It continued each time I took it. After about two days (two doses), I began to feel very anxious and started to get a slightly elevated heart rate. I felt it was normal because I have been having some chest pains, so it could just be what's already there. On the evening of 4/30, I suddenly got some serious chest pains, an elevated heart rate (I was laying down with my husband and this was similar to an "I just finished running!" heart rate), hot flashes, dizziness, and weakness in my legs. I litterally thought I was dying. It passed within 45 minutes and I was able to go to work the next day. At work (5/1), I was sitting at my desk and the same thing happened. I stepped out to get some air but it didn't work. A friend at work had to call an ambulance. I was filled in by the ER doc that the mixture of Aciphex and Arthrotec was insane and that he was trying to keep from cracking up at my primary doc's decision to combine them. I went to the hospital because of these meds. BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN TAKING ESPECIALLY MIXED WITH OTHER MEDS. F 20 6 days
20 MG 1X D
5/2/2012

 1  acid reflux and esophageal spasm Lump in throat, constipation, cold chills, hip pain, headaches, trouble sleeping. I had an endoscopy with biopsy then prescribed aciphex. I thought the lump feeling in my throat was from the biopsy maybe not healing right or something. This was very uncomfortable and feeling like my throat was closing up, like I had a rock in my throat. It was making me feel very depressed, because it was so uncomfortable. I am so glad to have found this website and that others had these experiences also. I stopped Aciphex today and will take pepcid instead. Thank you to everyone who listed their experiences. I think these forums work better sometimes then the doctors themselves who don't even bother to monitor side effects of the drugs they prescribe. Or maybe they are aware, but benefit somehow by prescribing these drugs and so they would not tell you anyway. So sad!! F 47 7 weeks
1X D
4/17/2012

 1  Gastritis from H. Pylori Aciphex was having muscle spasms and tingling in legs with major anxiety and depression I've tried all PPI's and don't know what to do to cure the gastritis. M 28 1 weeks
20MG 1X D
4/17/2012
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 1  Possible Duodenitis Panic Attacks, Racing Heart Beat, Restricted breathing, Increased Anxiety, Chest Pains, Tremors, Dizziness, Tingling and numbness in limbs, Tiredness, Nausea, Dry eyes, Feeling 'Hung over', Headaches, Aching cheek bones. I was extremely relieved to find this website as I was convinced that I was losing my mind! After taking 'Pariet' (same as Aciphex) for 10 days I had my first ever panic attack while being a passenger in a car. Out of nowhere my heart started racing, my limbs went tingly and and I was very dizzy and 'out of it'. I thought I was having a stroke. 2 days later another panic attack in the car. I thought it may have been the pariet so stopped taking them. Then as my original duondenitis symptoms returned I decided to take Pariet again and that day - another panic attack. Over a period of 2 weeks whilst taking Pariet on and off, I have felt generally unwell and extremely anxious. I've never had to call 000 in my life, but in the last 2 weeks I've called 3 times with stroke and heart attack like symptoms. 3 days ago, I had my worst panic attack yet, so I've vowed never to take pariet again. Since then I've felt like I've had a bad hangover but I haven't had another attack. F 30 10 days
20mg 1X D
3/19/2012
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 1  possible gerd Stomach pains, nervousness, anxiety, pain in legs, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, headaches, tiredness, feel "foggy", no energy, nightmares, dry mouth, stomach pain. Called my doctor for the 3rd time today and im done being convinced im crazy! I want my life back and want to switch to something else. I don't know if he is getting a kickback from the drug company because I was told to take my xanax. Wondering what he will he will tell me today....wish me luck! F 36 3 weeks
2/ mg
3/6/2012
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 4  GERD Slight ED. Dry skin and itching on face and other areas of body. Some foods are a bit harder to digest like oatmeal. Needed to add lots more fiber to my diet. It definitely works. I was having problems swallowing certain types of food. Aciphex fixed the issue within 3 months. Still have occasional acid issues if I eat something very fatty or acidic. M 39 3 years
20MG 1X D
2/16/2012

 3  Acid Reflex First week was really good, felt much better than all heck broke lose. I have severe headaches, body aches, dry mouth, dry cough, leg craps and this awful left lower back pain and lower abdominal pain when going to the bathroom, I have taken this medicine before and it does deplete your magnesium and all your vitamins. make sure you check your D3 and B12 as my got very low from not absorbing them. I stopped the aciphex and i don't have a headache today but i still have the lower achy abdominal pain, hopefully this will subside in a couple of days. Think i will just use probiotics to get my stomach back to normal. I was in a lot of pain with the acid reflex and this did help for awhile but i have a life to live and the pain and headaches are to bad to continue down this path, going off of the medicine and sticking with no sugar and no carbs, Don't want to feed the over growth of yeast due to the double antibiotics that caused this in the first place. For those that choose to take this medicine, remember it is for short term use not long term. Everyone needs to look at what they put in there body and eliminate the GMO crap and the Hi sugar. F 46 4 weeks
20mg 1X D
2/11/2012
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 5  GERD Hair loss and weight gain helped the acid reflux totally F 55 10 years
20 1X D
1/31/2012
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 1  Severe reflux and heartburn Headaches, extreme joint pain, deep bone pain, depression, pharangal spasm, fatigue, dizziness, heavy chest, tight chest, shortness of breath, palpitations, extreme anxiety, panic attacks extreme, nightmares, insomnia, acne, unstable thoughts, confusion, tight throat, lump in the throat sensation, strangling neck feeling, muscle spasms, twitches, stiff muscles, prolonged muscle repair after excersise, hot flushes, anger mood swings, reflux, tingling in arms, hands & feet, cold feet, discoloration of toenails, dehydration, extremely dry mouth, extremely foul taste & odour in mouth, sensitive teeth & gums, vitamin deficiency eg; vit D, iron, phosphate, potassium, trapped wind, chest pain, constipation, sinus problems and worsened asthma. I had a condition called PTLS (drs don't inform women about http://www.myptls.blogspot.com ) and I have been a new woman since my reversal. However, I was weening myself off aciphex after reversal as the GERD was due to the condition. I had never had any indigestion problems prior to PTLS. Well now I find out that on top of PTLS which was a living hell for any woman who had a tubal ligation, that this aciphex is causing great probs!! I tried coming off it and my body goes into loads of nasty symptoms. Such as severe reflux to the point of vomitting, dehydration, irritability etc.. So went back on it and everything is horrible again! So now, I'm on day 3 of ceasing this EVIL drug and suffering. Like others have said I need to rever F 28 3 years
20mg
1/22/2012
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 3  GERD OK... this really seems to help w gerd, BUT I'm 53 and have been diagnosed w SEVERE osteoporosis! Scary! Realize now that aciphex probably prevented my body from absorbing minerals.nutrients and etc. TAKE siberian pine nut oil to help you when you are off this drug! I have been taking 1/2 tsp before every meal, and so far so good. I am going to try going without it! F 53 10 years
20mg 1X D
1/12/2012
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 1  Acid reflux Diarrhea/inner ear pain/terrible leg pain/ very sore throat/sensitive to temperature/vertigo F 48 3 days
20mg
1/11/2012

 5  Bile reflux, NERD No side effects noticable. This was the only PPI that helped me. I often take it ~ 4x a week because I am concerned about effect on calcium absorption. F 69 4 years
1 pill
1/9/2012
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 3  Hiatal Hernia, Acid Reflux After 3 months on Aciphex, I had a complete blood workup and was surprised to find that I had an elevated muscle enzyme count. I also found I had higher CPK levels. Apparently, Aciphex MAY reduce the elimination of cyclosporin in the liver. Wondering, since this is the only drug I am taking, whether the muscle pains/joint pains and the elevated muscle enzyme count is the result of Aciphex. I stopped taking it 2 days ago and now I have bouts of gasiness and loose stool. I will wait several weeks to fully rid my body of this drug and have my blood tested again. M 56 3 months
20 mg. 2X D
12/25/2011
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 2  GERD(maybe) dry mouth, bitter taste, difficulty breathing, constant gagging and vomiting of stomach acid, nausea after eating, car rides are hell, loss of appetite, stomach pains, nausea after eating, vomiting after eating. This is supposed to treat my hyper active gag reflex issues i've been having but so far i feel worse than i did before. Everything tastes bitter,i am extremely dehydrated and it does not keep me from vomiting like it should. the side effects just make my situation worse. I would like to stop asap. F 22 2 weeks
20MG 1X D
12/22/2011

 1  acid reflux/gerd Breathing problems, shakiness, irritable, loose stools which caused weight loss, horrible fullness after eating, could not ride in a car after eating I would be so nauseous that I wished I could throw up, but couldn't. Just suffered for hours, extreme fatigue, felt like I would fall asleep standing, weakness etc..... I took this drug a couple of years ago...the same symptoms happened. But I wasn't sure it was the Aciphex until I again took it years apart and had same side effects...I will never take it again!!! please be careful with this drug. It seems dangerous and Doctors don't seem to believe you or generally care. They must get brownie points for getting people on it. F 51 35 days
20 mg 2X D
12/19/2011

 3  Severe GERD and Esophageal Disease Headaches I was born with GERD. I have been suffering from it my entire life. We have tried nearly 35 Gerd medications whether their PPI's or H2 blockers. Aciphex was a miracle drug... for the first 2 years. Now I have reached the 3 year mark and all my symptoms of acid reaching my throat and the inability to swallow have come back. To add on to this I have experienced moderate headaches every day. F 13 3 years
20 mg 2X D
12/18/2011

 1  heartburn shaking, numbness in arms and feet, heart palpitations, did not sleep at night, anxiety, brain fog. I was on this drug for 7 days after a bad bout with Protonix. Side effects never went away. I felt like someone else had taken over my body. I would be up at night sometimes all night because I couldn't sleep. I can't bare to take this anymore. In all, I've been on for 17 days and trying to wean some with Zantac. I hope that is enough. If not, I'll find another OTC to wean off with. F 53 7 days
20mg 1X D
12/10/2011
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 3  GERD I started taking Aciphex after finally complaining to my physician about serious pain and discomfort with the acid/regurgitation feeling in my throat and esophagus. He said it's GERD, I had asthma occurring also as a result of this. Aciphex started to work GREAT on my GERD (and eliminated asthma) but I started having bad hip pain and bad muscle aches and soreness in my joints and soft tissue, particularly my arms and hips. The thing is, I had started an intense and strenuous athletic training program around the same time I started Aciphex so I didn't question it right away, but I eventually had to question why at 29 years old and in great shape I was having SO many bad body aches and pain. After having an accidental conversation with someone who had encountered problems of a very similar nature with acid reflux drugs, I decided to lay off the Aciphex and see what happened. It has been 4 days and I already am noticing huge improvements to the muscle/tendon/joint pain. I am going to expl M 29 6 months
20mg 1X D
11/28/2011
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 1  Possible GERD or ulcer Heart palpitations, numbness in arms and back; twitching and spasms in chest and abdomen, loose and abnormal stools, feelings of depression and uneasiness, trouble sleeping. I want to thank everyone for their comments on this web site. It has saved me. It was great to see others experiencing the same side effects. I've taken this med in the past and it seemed to work good. But recently, it caused many side effects that were driving me crazy. I exercise and I am fairly healthy. I don't suffer from anxiety but this drug has made me have some unpleasant nights and days. I need to find other ways to decrease acid reflux. I need to eat better. M 38 1 months
20mg 1X D
11/10/2011
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 5  Acid Reflux For me, this PPI worked the best of any I have tried. The only side effects were a slight increase in appetite (which I sorely needed) and some insomnia at first (which has now gone away). I just wish my Health Insurance hadn't dropped this drug off of it's formulary. Looking forward to when the generic version comes out. I take 40 mg. of Aciphex in the morning and 40 mg. of Zegerid at night (per my GI specialist's instructions). Aciphex has worked for me the best followed by Zegerid. You can also take Aciphex with food (which I like). M 49 4 years
40 MG 1X D
10/28/2011

 1  digestive problems and constipation I had complaints of anxiety, heart palpitations, disoriented and panic attacks. The doctor changed the medicine to aciphex and it got worst, to the point that my personality changed completely. F 41 1 days
20 1X D
10/2/2011
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 1  Gerd Depression and anxiety. Seemed to help the stomach pain and reflux but haven't felt this depressed in a long time! also anxiety. Switched to prilosec and still feel very emotional. Didn't take anything today and stomach is not doing well. Going to try and find some natural type relief? F 55 7 days
20mg - 1X D
9/21/2011

 1  Supposed GERD OMG... I just stumbled upon this website and I'm shocked! I was put on a prescription for acid reflux many years back for a feeling of "pressure" under my ribcage. I had never had heartburn in my life but the doctor insisted that the pressure I was experiencing was GERD. After two days on that drug I was hit HARD with severe acid reflux! My stomach contents were coming up into my mouth! I was coughing myself to sleep every night. Had diarrhea, abdominal pain, pain in my back. Headaches, dizziness. I felt like I went from being 35 to 90 years old over night!! I called Kaiser doc to tell him and his nurse said they had never heard of anyone GETTING acid reflux (or any of my other symptoms) from taking the drug!! I thought I had lost my mind.... Now I know what happened. I believe first drug was Reglan? Then switched to Prevacid, and now on Aciphex. I have been suffering for years with many of the nasty symptons folks have posted here! I'm stopping all PPI's today (will use tap Read this website!! I now feel that many, if not all PPI's are poison! F 51 3 years
20 MG 1X D
9/3/2011
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 2  Acid reflux Tightness in throat, anxiety, night sweats, shortness of breath, fatigue, tingling face, tingling and numbness in arms and legs, rare chest pains, headaches, nausea I was prescribed the generic version here in Canada (SDZ-Rapeprazole) due to a "choking sensation" I've been having in my throat for about a year, coupled with burping/acidic taste in my mouth. After about two weeks of using this drug and no results (also no symptoms other than headache + nausea) I went back to my doc who suggested upping dose to 2x daily (once at night and once in the morning). About a week into it, I started getting a very tight/swollen-looking throat, worse than anything before the drug, as well as a host of other symptoms, most troubling was the tingling in the face and in my hands/feet. I also got several muscle spasms in my calves. I did not relate any of these symptoms to this drug until reading this forum and it's making a lot of sense now. STOPPING IT RIGHT NOW. F 27 45 days
20 mg 2X D
8/3/2011
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 5  Gerd No side effects at the present time. When I first started taking I would get headaches. It has been wonderful for my acid reflux LOVE IT! F 50 10 years
1X D
7/25/2011
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 4  Helicobacter pylori None. I was given Aciphex along with two antibiotics to treat Helicobacter pylori. It helped to heal my ulcer, but eventually it wasn't as effective in combating my acid reflux and I had to switch to Nexium, which worked good and was cheaper. F 24 1 years
20MG 1X D
5/15/2011
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 4  Acute gastritis I have experienced no side effects The drug has worked great and almost all my symtoms like nausea, stomach burning and indigestion are almost all gone. The only thing I am concerned about is that long term use of PPI's like aciphex can cause osteoporosis which I do not think anyone wants to experience. I have read some posts where people have become dependent on this drug. I just hope there are some other alternatives out there because I do not want to become dependent on this drug at all. M 29 3 months
20 mg 1X D
4/27/2011

 5  acid reflux I take one pill each morning before breakfast. Absolutely no more acid reflex and no side effects I am surprised at all the side effects on the web site. This drug seems fine with me!!!! M 77 7 years
20mg 1X D
4/19/2011

 2  Reflux The primary side effects I've experienced has been weight gain, bloating, numbness and tingling in hands (and feet), and swelling of hands/feet. While Aciphex did help get rid of the Acid Reflux, the side effects are horrible. I had some other medication changes in the last 6 to 8 months and was unaware that this medication was producing these side effects. I've been my primary care physician several times about the numbness and tingling in hands and all he did was send me to specialists, all saying that I was healthy and there is no apparent reason for the numbness and tingling. Don't doctors read the side effects of the medications they prescribe? It took me less than 10 minutes on Google to find extensive side effects lists and this site. M 52 8 months
20 1X D
3/4/2011
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 1  acid reflux/GERDA When I began taking this medicine, I had faith in the physician prescribing the medicine. I suffered at the time from occasional acid reflux and had chest pains which the doctor said were related to GERDA. Did not pay attention to side effects at the time. Began usage after stopping for three weeks, and now have uncontrollable diarrhea, stomach cramps, and gas. Daughter convinced me to try and get off the medication because of the prolonged usage side effects. Attempted her advise of taking probiotics capsules by emptying contents directly into tongue and drinking water at the first sign of acidity in the stomach. This worked until I had something to eat that triggered an excess of acid, so I decided to start with Aciphex again. I have been affected by the medication considerable and I'm thinking of taking something over the counter if needed, and go back to the probiotics on a regular basis. F 67 3 years
20MG 1X D
2/19/2011

 1  Food Poisoning/Bad Stomach My doctor gave me a sample to try after I'd gotten sick from bad restaurant food. After taking just one pill, I woke up the following morning with what was at first a itchy pinky finger. It then started to become blistered, the itchiness more intense and spread to my body and face. By the end of the day, I was covered with blisters, and incredibly itchy. As the days went on, it seemed to get worse, my face became crust-like because the blisters were so bad, my skin felt like it was burning, the itchiness was so intense. I almost went to the emergency room but decided to wait it out. It finally started to stop spreading after a few days, but the healing of my skin took at least a month. That month was one of the scariest of my life. I didn't know if my skin would be damaged permanently or not. Even my sweat glands had been affectd, I couldn't sweat even during intense exercise. I've heard that in severe cases, people have died from this type of allergic reaction. I will NEVER take Aciphex again. To this day (it's been about 2yrs. now), my skin isn't like it was before the reaction. For me it was many times worse than when I had the Chicken Pox a few years ago. F 41 1 days
20mg 1X D
2/16/2011

 2  possible anxiety induced ulcers horrible bloated full feeling from day one,constantly feeling like i need to burp but can't, pain below liver area, disoriented, light headed, heart palps,some nausea that feels like if I threw up I would feel better but I never do. weird dreams and trouble sleeping. low grade fever of 99.5 since day 2 I do not have heartburn. no GERD that I know of, doc put me on this after ruling out liver and pancreatic issues for a bad stomach which he thinks is from anxiety, assuming I had ulcers, pains were stabbing and sharp. no more of this for me, tired of feeling woozy and out of if too. going to take mastic instead, it works better. F 46 2 weeks
20 1X D
2/1/2011

 1  Acid Reflux Follow up to previous post So I have been off Aciphex for two days now - all symptoms have subsided. I no longer have the hot and cold flashes in my hands and numbness in my feet. I woke up today feeling very well. While this drug may be very effective and for some it may work just fine with no side effects, it was a horrible time for me. Please use caution when taking this medication. M 33
30 mg 1X D
1/27/2011


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 5  Gerd, Acid reflex no side effects at all but after stoping it a few times all the reflex and symptoms come back so i asked my doctor how long do i take this? He said as long as its helping you. Theres gotta be an alternative to this drug. i think its like magic the way it helps with the acid reflux but reading all these posts although i havent seen any side effects im worries that it will be a problem in the long haul. Any advice is greatly appreciated. M 35 4 years
20mg 1X D
1/5/2011
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 5  GERD Entry 12/19 stopped taking Aciphex and within 3 days all joint/hip pain is gone. Next will ask doctor to do a B12 blood level. Now started taking Prilosec OTC 20mg, no issues as of yet. M 47 7 years
30mg 1X D
12/23/2010

 4  GERD Recently started getting hip pain and back pain. Not sure where to go next, will start trying other medicines. With out Aciphex the acid pain is very bad, unable to get relief with Tums or Pepto nothing else works. M 47 7 years
30mg 1X D
12/19/2010

 1  GERD, throat problem EXTREME anxiety, depression, nonstop panic attacks, muscle tension, blurred vision, racing heart with palps, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dribbling urine, sensitivity to light, ears ringing, restlessness, feeling very unlike my former self I am convinced that this drug is the devil in pill form. After taking Dexilant for about 3 weeks, I saw my dr because I had started to develop some anxiety. He gave me samples of aciphex to try, and everything got much worse. I am on day 4 of no aciphex, and I am hoping beyond hope that I will return to 'normal' very soon. Very scary experience on this drug. Seems like what coming off heroin might feel like. M 31 1 weeks
20mg 1X D
12/10/2010
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 3  reflux mild sore throat almost daily, muscle weakness and soreness, hip pain, especially at night, knee pain, elbow joints sore, lower back pain, insomnia, swellings in the legs, some loose bowels, some balance issues. While the aciphex works great on the reflux, I don't know how many of the things I am feeling are actually related to the Aciphex, I tried stopping it but the reflux came back with a vengence. I would LOVE to stop it altogether to see if my symptoms a relieved. F 54 2 years
20mg 1X D
12/5/2010
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 1  Esophagitis None. EGD showed esophagitis, so my gastro told me to take Aciphex (Pariet, actually) for a month. I didn't have heartburn before taking it, so I can't tell how well it worked. On the 25th day, I had an episode of extreme dizziness, sort of like I was going to pass out, and I immediately stopped taking it. 4 days later I had another similar episode, but not so extreme (I ate a banana on an empty stomach). Now I have heartburn, which I didn't have before taking this medicine! I had planned to taper had I not stopped taking it because of that scary dizziness episode. M 24 25 days
20 mg 1X D
11/29/2010
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 1  GERD Muscle weakness - especially in my face! Numbness and drooping to the left side of my face (eye and mouth). I looked to see if this evil medication has been linked to Bell's Palsy because I've never had a reaction like this before! Reglan which is another drug to treat GERD is known to cause Tardive Dyskinesia which is similar to Bell's Palsy. After one pill - Aciphex caused this, extreme dry mouth and nose on top of alot of fatigue and weakness throughout my body. Please be cautious of this drug!!! F 30 1 days
20 MG 1X D
11/16/2010

 1  Acid Reflux Rapid heartbeat, so severe it woke me up at night. Joint pain, could't even lift my right leg the hip pain was so severe. It did an awesome job relieving my acid reflux, though...but not worth the side effects. F 65 3 years
30 mg. 1X D
10/14/2010

 5  acid reflux no side effects at all This stuff works like magic. I've had no side effects whatsoever, and it has completely eliminated the acid reflux. F 54 7 years
20 mg 1X D
10/13/2010

 1  GERD, Acid Reflux Constant Yeast Infections/Bacterial Infections, Skin Rash, Peeling Skin, Sensitive to Light, Chronic Constipation, Fatigue I have been taking Aciphex for about 3 years now. I've tried several times to dose down, I currently take 2 pills a day, one in the morning and one at night. Every time I miss a dose for more than 2 days I get SEVERE heartburn. I feel like crap all the time, I know it's because of this drug. I am constantly sick, I don't think I'm getting all the nutrients I need because my stomach acid is so depleted at this point. But I have become totally dependent on this drug. I would not recommend this drug to anyone, if I had only known then, what I know now. Treat your GERD with something else, eat right and take over the counter meds. If anyone has any advice as to how to ween off this drug, I'm open to suggestion. F 31 3 years
20MG 2X D
9/28/2010
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 4  acid reflux Fatigue This drug is better than Prilosec, but isn't a magic bullet. I feel like I have a rock (pressure) in my stomach most of the time, but the burning I experienced even with Prilosec before using Acifex is gone. The worse part is the fatigue. I feel very groggy until about 3:30 in the afternoon. It's really hard to get up in the morning, and I'm a morning person! I take the drug in the evening after dinner. Good news is, I sleep well! F 58 3 months
20 mg 1X D
9/27/2010

 2  Acid Reflux Unbearable hip, inner thigh pain,knee pain, arthritic type pain - thumbs - toes - pain on top of feet - swelling in legs - numbness/tingling in arms and legs, deep, deep bone pain, shakiness, depression, a feeling a fuzziness in head - muscle weakness and loss of muscle tone - bloating - headaches- severe exhaustion and fatigue - I walked at about half of my normal pace due to the pain and could not finish tasks that I usually had no problems with before! For me - taking this medicine is not worth the side effects - I've turned to my old-stand-by - TUMS!!!!! I was actually sent to a neurologist and also for Brain and spinal MRI'S!!!! Forgot to take Aciphex for 3 or 4 days and realized that I didn't have that awful hip or thigh pain, and a few of the other symptoms were lesser also! Took it again one night when I remembered and the next day - old pain was back. Something went "Click" - I looked up some side effects on line - found this site and went "OH"!!!!! I will no longer be taking this medication, and am hoping that the pain will subside and let me get back to living my life!!!! I think the Physicians who treat us should be made aware of the side effects of medications, and compare these effects to what their patients are experiencing! It could save us all a lot of time, money and heartache! The best thing we can do for ourselves is to STOP taking medication to see if some of the side effects disappear (with a Doctor's supervision - of course, as stopping some meds could be life-threatening!) F 48 4 years
20mg 1X D
9/20/2010

 1  stomach pain burning my stomach pains after taking Aciphex went from burning to fullness the first few days the aciphex worked great but later after eating i had a unbarable fullness under my rib. after talking the medicine for one month i went in for a EBG and they found a small hiatal hernia. i continued taking the aciphex each day the fullnes got worse when i ate. until i had a full blown hiatal hernia attack. I stopped taking the drug and started loading up on Acidophilus several times a day with stomach massages to push the hernia back down and in 2 days my symtems are 85% BETTER. F 53 2 months
20 MG 1X D
9/20/2010
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 5  gerd, gastritis headache for approx first week of taking, some bloating and gas My symptoms have completely been relieved!! Although the medication is unbearably expensive, it is worth it! F 49 3 months
20mg 1X D
9/19/2010

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