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 2  acid reflux chest pain, dyspepsia, and light constipation M 50
20mg 1X D
4/8/2014
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 3  acid reflux.. Nada. I think ya'l are blaming nexium for all your problems because its the easiest solution. I'm only new to nexium but it has worked wonders. I still get some gord type pain between ribs but nothing like i had b4 taking nexium. I'm in the middle of a lifestyle change and notice when i excercise regularly i dont get the pain as much. Alot of foods bring on all the so called side effects that ya'l are talking of. But each to there own, if u stop taking it and feel better than hoorah for you. Its all in the mind. :-) good luck everyone. F 30 2 months
1 a day
3/17/2014
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 3  prevent ulcers after stomach cancer Sweats. fast heartbeat but not intolerable. Digestive disturbance but again not intolerable and not all the time. I take it because I have had stomach cancer and I believe it is preventative so the side effects pale into insignificance by comparison. F 62 4 months
40mg 1X D
3/10/2014
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 3  reflux severe joint pain especially in the Knees and ankles. Felt like an old lady. Struggled to walk or stand for very long. Stopped taking a week ago. Went for a long walk tonight and the pain has stopped. Will make an appointment with my doctor to change medication. Temporarily taking Zantac which is helping the reflux Nexium does help the reflux. But side effects are not worth it. I do have osteoarthritis and thought that getting older that my symptoms were getting worse but it was the Nexium. I actually also feel more clear headed. F 55 2 years
20 1X D
1/29/2014
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 1  I was taking nexium for acid reflux Terrible headaches, hair loss, anxiety,depression and now peripheral neuropathy. F 38 2 years
40mg
1/26/2014

 4  Acid Reflux Difficulty swallowing, muscle cramps, muscle stiffness, dizziness, muscle twitching, vertigo, hightened anxiety w/ panic attacks, brain fog, dry eyes, heart palpitations I have relied on Nexium for years for my continous heartburn. Every once in a while I would still get heartburn even while on Nexium. But the pain from a heartburn episode (which would last hours no matter what I tried for relief) was so intense I was terrified to go without Nexium. I thought I couldn't live with out it. Recently, my insurance company will no longer cover Nexium and because it's so expensive, I've been forced to find other means of treating my acid reflux. I was pretty upset about this at first, but I'm beginning to think it was a blessing. It's only been three days and I think so much clearer. I suffered from constant brain fog, but I blamed that on having a baby. Virtually every symptom I was experiencing I was blaming on something else. It's only been three days so it will be interesting to see if the decrese in problems continues and if my acid reflux stays under control. If it hadn't been for my insurance company I would've been on this forever. It seems a lot of you share the same symptoms, which gave me chills when I was reading this, but figured out a lot sooner than I did that perhaps Nexium is to blame. F 28 3 years
20mg 1X D
1/22/2014
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 1  Gerd Began taking Nexium because I was concerned that a sore throat and mucus in throat may have been caused by acid reflux. Two days into taking them I began to experience reflux and heartburn which I hadn't experienced for some time. I continued to have dyspepsia and so decided to go off the drug. Symptoms continued but at day 4 off they are diminishing. Although I have experienced occasional acid reflux and heartburn and dyspepsia I have never had days of symptoms as I have had since starting nexium. F 62 12 days
40mg 1X D
1/22/2014

 1  Hiatus Hernier Brain Fog, short term memory issues, effects came on very gradually with my recognition that something was not right coming a lot later than it should have, the ability to retain telephone numbers, pin numbers & peoples names severally compromised, by changing to alternative medication the ability to recall phone numbers, pins, names Etc, other effects also but the above the most pronounced in my case, my advice do not use in the long term as I did. M 54 9 years
20
1/13/2014
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 4  Acid reflux Worked very well to relieve burning symptoms. Did not "heal" ulcer as some ads may have suggested. Works well as daily maintenence drug but is not meant to be taken at time of symptoms. Some constipation. When drugs are forgotten or skipped, burning symptoms re-appear. M 52 3 years
40 MG 1X D
11/11/2013
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 3  Gerd/acid reflux It worked for 2 days, then I soon felt bloated, nauseous, severe anxiety, frequently burping and a dry cough. I would occasionally get the lump in my throat sensation. I forgot to take my tablet one night and I woke up and felt 100% better then I did when on nexium. I have been off it for a few days now and in the evening I tend to get a bit of bloating but that's generally from fatty foods I may have consumed. F 18 1 months
20mg 1X D
11/11/2013
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 1  reflux Headache, feeling like I have not eaten in a week, feeling akin to a bad hangover, feel like I have drunk an entire bottle of wine, lethargy M 57 3 days
40 1X D
11/1/2013
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 3  Aid Refulx Severe constipation The medicine worked very well at managing my acid reflux (it disappeared while I was on it) but for two years I had to battle with very severe constipation virtually non-stop. I was on laxatives every couple of weeks as a result. As a note, if you suddenly stop taking Nexium you'll likely get very severe GERD for about one or two weeks. Give it time and after about two weeks that hyper acidity should disappear and you should be back to your normal self. For about three months I thought the Nexium had actually cured my heart burn and I wouldn't have to take it anymore but unfortunately the GERD slowly came back and I eventually had to go on to a similar product. M 26 2 years
40mg 1X D
10/15/2013
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 1  Acid Reflux After taking just one capsule it caused some loss of feeling in my arms and legs for about an hour. I stopped taking it. Aciphex and Zegerid work much better for me without the side effects of Nexium. After stopping Nexium, the side effects went away. M 51 1 days
30 MG. 1X D
10/15/2013

 1  GERD My side effects were: Daily Headaches, throat and tongue swelling, Difficulty Swallowing, Water Retention, sort muscles, numbness, tingling, or burning in my arms hands, palpitations, increased anxiety, chest pain, dizziness, hair falling out in droves, spasms and muscle cramps, feeling off balance, easy bruising, fatigue, increased heartbeat, hives, skin Inflammation and mood changes.Stiff and sore neck. Probably more just can't remember everything. If you take this for an extended amount of time, it actually stops your body from absorbing vital nutrients such as b12 and magnesium and potassium. F 29 2 months
40mg 1X D
10/13/2013

 1  GERD Upper abdomen pain and nausea My ENT told me I had acid reflux that caused my voice to be scratchy. I told him I did not have any symptoms of gerd but he insisted so I started Nexium. A few days later I noticed stomach upset that got progressively worse. I had a few drinks one evening with friends and had severe vomiting. I came off Nexium after a few more days and the constant pain slowed down. When I went back on Nexium for 2 more days the pain increased. I discontinued Nexium but still have pain 2 weeks afterwards. I mentioned this to my doc and his nurse and they just, oh yeah. F 53 2 weeks
20 2X D
10/6/2013
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 4  acid reflux Helped heartburn,severe epigastric,headaches daily,pain,fever ,lasted 3 weeks now have urq pain for 5 months daily F 44 4 months
20mg 1dail
8/25/2013
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 1  Acid reflux Burning/ripping chest pain, left arm tingly, full body joint and muscle pain, ear ache/ringing, gas, bloating, constipation, headaches, vertigo, blurry vision, uncontrollable crying, MAJOR anxiety (I laid down at night thinking I was going to die), shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, massive pain in ribcage. I went to emergency room convinced I was having a heart attack. EKG was normal was given a GI cocktail and sent home. Next day still having issues. Went to family doctor and she gave me a new PPI convinced the nexium wasn't working and is now sending me for an ultrasound on my gallbladder. After reading these reviews I am convinced that issues stemmed from the nexium. I am afraid to try the new PPI I was given. Thinking I may have major side effects to all of them. Nexium is poison for your body do not take it!!! F 27 5 days
8/8/2013

 4  acid reflux Tired mainly F 40 1 weeks
20 mg
7/29/2013

 1  reflux and heartburn Severe muscle pains over most of my body, fogginess, headache, weight gain, blurred vision. Depression, I think caused from being in continual pain. Low energy. I wouldn't start taking nexium. I believe all my complaints were from this drug. I hope my experience can help someone else. It did take away my heartburn and reflux, but I feel the side effects I get from taking Nexium aren't worth it. F 57 5 years
20mg 1X D
7/29/2013
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 3  Acid Reflux Began taking nexium for acid reflux. It worked great for getting rid of the burning feeling but i started feeling the side effects i have read so much about. The worse side effect is definatley the bad headaches. It only happens when my heart rate increases but it is a throbbing pain that feels like my head is split open ( never noticed it before taking nexium ) i have also experienced muscle cramps in my neck and back. I may have to lower my dosage or find something else to take M 28 6 weeks
40 mg
7/28/2013
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 1  GERD shortness of breath episodes without exertion, tired weak feeling all the time, severe knee pains, joint pains and muscle pains in shoulders, ankles, elbows, legs and knees - couldn't climb up or down a flight of stairs. Broken wrist in year 7 of taking the drug on a bouncy house with my 7 yr old son - it shouldn't have happened. It took me quite a while to see what was happening, Took a few years of taking the drug for the effects to be chronic, but the weakness was getting debilitating, the knee pain excruciating and requiring pain medication to try to control. Joint and muscle pain was increasing this last year so much it sent me researching a little on the web about PPI side effects. I was shocked at what I was seeing! I have stopped the drugs for almost 2 weeks now and my pains are all but gone, haven't felt this good in years! Managing my GI symptoms naturally and would tell anyone not to go near PPI's and certainly would warm people that are taking them of these potential side effects. My local pharmacist confirmed that others complained of similar symptoms when taking this drug - 3 different doctors I saw for the problems I was having never said a thing. You know your body, others don't - take a good look if you are having issues and are on meds. You will see the cause soon enough. Thankfully, I did. M 59 10 years
40mg 1X D
7/10/2013

 5  gerd I had the most uncommon side affect, feeling sleepy. I couldn't drive or keep my eyes open! I felt drunk. But as to my gerd, it helped a lot. F 22 2 weeks
40mg
7/8/2013

 1  gerd rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, spacey-ness, could not focus, general sluggishness. THIS IS A POISON. DO NOT TAKE. QUIT TAKING AND IMMEDIATELY FELT BETTER. F 51 30 days
1X D
6/30/2013

 1  Acid Reflux and Heartburn Extreme leg pain in back of thighs started day 3...just made the connection with the start of this medication. Almost can't walk. While I'm no spring chicken..I shouldn't be in so much pain that I'm shuffling when I walk. Discontinued medication today. NO THANKS! I consider myself fortunate to have not experienced other, more serious side effects that I have viewed on this site. F 51 4 days
40mg 2X D
6/29/2013

 1  acid reflux Did not control the reflux. Severe gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea. Tried it only because Aciphex is so expensive. F 67 2 days
40 mg 1X D
6/25/2013

 1  heart burn I started taking 40 mg of this medication for heartburn and i feel like crap.....today is the 6th day and i was at the doors hospital ready to go in cause i felt horrible....tightness in chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, weird presure in the arms and wrists and knee, blured vision, i see letters in double now when i read, i have a runy nose and my ears are blocked( i know it's not a cold cause it's on and off during the day, huge muscle spasms in the back , bloaty feeling in upper stomach, basicaly i feel like i'm dying!!! at the end i didnt go in the hospital cause i didnt want to waiste my time. so i'm gona just stop medication......i have huge mood swings i feel like snaping one second and 2 minutes later i start cracking up because of a funny thought that went through my mind ( as i'm writing this comment i snaped at my kids and sent them upstairs and just started cracking up because of what i'm writing) does it make any sense? no hey!!! M 33 6 days
40 mg 1X D
6/17/2013

 5  Peptic Ulcer None. Best thing ever for my gut. I wish it was not so expensive. M 36 7 months
40 1X D
6/13/2013

 1  POssible ulcer Inability to take a deep breath, anxiety, insomnia, agitation, swollen tongue, burning mouth, dry wrinkly and slightly numb lips, acid reflux (never hand previous), lump in throat, dry nasal cavities, extreme dry mouth Horrible drug - when I mentioned side effects to Doctor he increased the meds to 2/day. Took 1 week off meds for tongue swelling and lip problem to go away, took 2 weeks off meds for thirst, insomnia, burning mouth to go away and 5 weeks off Nexium I think I am almost normal again....hence almost, not quite 100% as the breathing issue and anxiety pops up occasionally for a minute or 2 throughout the day. F 33 5 days
40mg 2X D
6/12/2013
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 1  Gerd My son starting taking it on May 17th, on May 24 we had him at the Emergency Room with heart rate up to 180 at times never dropped below 150, severe bloating gas and diarreah. Back to ER on May 28, same thing.. fine for a few days now yesterday, started it again. After doing research Im taking him off this POISON. I also think 40 mg is too high of a dose for a 63 lb child. Of course Gastro NURSE says they never had any complaints of increased pulse.. Taking him to another Gastro asap. Other complains, Dry mouth, stomach pain, leg tremors when resting. M 11 3 weeks
40 1X D
6/6/2013

 1  acid reflux Extremely bad gas and bloating. Felt I had to go to the bathroom all the time. Insomnia 45 3 days
1 pill
5/25/2013

 1  Ulcer Rash F 45 5 days
50 1X D
5/9/2013

 5  hyperacidity none M 63
40 MG 1X D
5/5/2013
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 5  Functional Dyspesia None. Working great so far. Much better than prevacid or dexilant. My insurance will only cover for one year though. Oddly enough, my IBS symptoms have improved as well while being on Nexium. My doctor wanted me to try it in September (but I refused due to expense) and I suffered through October and part of November when I finally started it after getting free samples. Glad I did, but it is totally ridiculous that a 30 day Rx costs $250.00. M 37 6 months
40 MG 1X D
5/1/2013

 1  Gastritis Blurred Vision spaciness confusion short term memory issues leg pain fatigue. Beware this medication has many side effects as well as increasing side effects of certain other medications. Am now looking for alternatives to treating my gastritis that don't in involve horrible side effects! Within an hour after taking the nexium I will spend all day up until late evening in a very spaced out fatigued zone! F 46 6 months
20 mg
4/14/2013
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 1  gerd Dizziness, confusion, fatigue, soreness and tingling in knees and ankles, mood swings, depression, although it did help the reflux NOT WORTH IT M 33 2 months
40mg
4/11/2013
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 4  gastritus hair loss M 79 1 weeks
40mg
4/5/2013
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 1  Gastritis Felt a strange type heartbeat develop the day after starting. My digestive system felt like it stopped and wouldn't digest my food properly. I also felt an odd fatigue, spaciness feeling. My breathing didn't feel quite right either. The day after I stopped, my body started feeling so much better and felt like poison had left my system. Avoid. It's poison. M 44 7 days
40
4/3/2013

 1   Strange subtle shortness of breath at first. Blood in urine! Strangest nausea ever! VOMITING. Still sick two weeks later after stopping! I wonder if I'll ever get my life back!! DO NOT TAKE! F 52 2 weeks
1X D
3/28/2013

 1   Migraine, gas, belching, sharp stomach pains, diarrhea, dizziness. AVOID AT ALL COSTS! F 50 7 days
1X D
3/20/2013

 5  GERD Minor loose stools, occasional headaches I've been on Nexium off and on for about ten years now. Depending how it was covered under my insurance, I had to go off it at times since it was not covered. I have tried protronix, prilosec, prevacid (30 mg daily and 30mg 2x a day) prevacid gave me horrible diarrhea. Nexium has been the best. My latest insurance company wanted me to try dexilant for a month before covering nexium. Basically one 60 mg Dexilant is like taking two 30mg prevacids. Didn't do anything but give me a cold after a month, and lots of diarrhea. I always come back to the nexium, when things improve I ween off it taking it once every other day for a while to get off of it. I have been getting my calcium and magnesium levels check every six months and they have always been fine. It is just unfortunate that it is so expensive and insurance companies do not want to cover it. All of the GI docs have told me it is the best. M 36 10 years
40 1X D
3/17/2013

 1  Heartburn tingly lips, right facial numbness, right arm pain, heavy feeling on top of thighs - hard to walk, burning sensations throughout the body, weakness in hands , vertigo, blurred vision , anxiety, depression, racing heart, insomnia, etc, etc, etc!!!!!!!!! I will say that nexium did help with my heartburn in a short period of time BUT after 8 months of continued use recommended by my physician, and afraid that it might return, I foolishly continued. I have seen my doctor numerous times and a few trips to emergency . MRI set up by emergency doctor in 2012 with no report of anything abnormal. My doctor has sent me for different tests and another MRI is scheduled again (2013) as some symptoms are still lingering . I quit taking nexium approximately one year ago and am about 70% better. No one seems to think Nexium might be the problem and refers everything to anxiety. I do believe we wouldn't have the anxiety and depression if we didn't experience so many sudden unexplained symptoms while on nexium. I NEVER reply to message boards, but I had to because everyone else's experiences good and bad gave me a bit better clarification. Trust your instincts, do your research and save yourself unnecessary trauma to your life. I wish I did! F 48 8 months
40 Mg 1X D
3/17/2013

 1  Gerd Muscle spasm in fingers, weak arms and legs, depression, rash on neck, sore hands, cramps in calves I was on nexium 40 mg once a day for about 2 months and then my dr increased my medication to 40mg twice daily due to still having gerd symptoms. I then began experiencing muscle spasms in my hands, arm and leg muscle weakness, depression, a rash on my neck, and I started having trouble typing at my computer at work. I could not figure out what was wrong with me and then I googled side effects of nexium, because thats the only medicine i was on, and found this website- thank goodness!!!! I called my gastroenterologist and he said these couldn't be side effects from this medicine, but I took the initiative to stop taking this medicine on my own and also had my magnesium level tested. I read on nexium website it could cause low levels of magnesium which could cause my symptoms. Well my levels were a little low and after about one week my symptoms started going away. I've altered my diet and do muscle relaxation exercises everyday to lower stress levels. I'm feeling totally back to normal now and my gerd is better most of the time. I wrote a letter to the FDA about this horrible drug DO NOT TAKE THIS PILL!!!!!!!! F 33 3 months
40mg 2X D
3/16/2013
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 1  Barrits esophagus Dizziness , headaches, vision trouble, soar throat, nausea, anxiety M 41 3 years
40mg
3/16/2013
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 5  Acid Reflux due to Hiatus Hernia Reduced erectile duration, severe reflux if I miss a dose Massively improved my quality of life, before Nexium I was basically unable to function at my desk job, couldn't exercise, couldn't lie down. Now I can do it all as long as I am careful soon after eating. M 33 3 years
40mg 1X D
3/4/2013
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 1  GERD Headaches, dizziness, lack of concentration, anxiety, foggy vision, ringing in left ear. The side effect is not worth the benefit for this medicine. It is just plain poison. I had no other choice but to stop taking this medicine because of the deadly side effects. M 52 9 months
40MG 2X D
2/26/2013
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 1  gerd and othestomach issues. Severe muscle spasms of the legs. Could not walk for about three weeks unless I was in a walker. F 68 6 weeks
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2/26/2013
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 1  Acid Reflux Rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, stomach pain, many hot flashes, insomnia. I have had acid reflux for 20 years and have been taking Acid which helped very much. I recently had a bad reflux episode and my doctor prescribed Nexium. I only took it 2 days and experienced very rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and insomnia.I also had unexplained sharp pains in stomach. I sopped taking it and side effects stopped. I am back taking Axid which has virtually no side effects. Thanks to all of you for your comments. Very helpful. F 62 2 days
40 mg 2X D
2/19/2013

 1  Silent Acid Reflux Dizziness, anxiety, appetite loss/weight loss, extreme fatigue, SEVERE headache (I seriously felt like my head was going to explode). I first started taking generic Prilosec and about day four, started feeling "funny" while I was sitting in a meeting. I thought I was going to pass out and had to leave. That night I had the absolute WORST headache I have ever had not to mention, the room was spinning all night long. It took two days to feel somewhat "normal" again. I switched to NEXIUM next thinking it might not be as bad. Within two days I started to be extremely fatigued. By six o'clock I couldn't get off the couch. My kids and husband thought I was getting sick. I didn't make the connection to the Nexium until day 5 when the headache and dizziness showed up again. I cannot begin to explain how awful this stuff made me feel! Not only that but I lost my appetite and in two weeks of being on this and Prilosec lost around 8 pounds. I am trying a more natural approach now with my diet and supplements. I will do anything aside from ever take anything like this again!!! I stopped taking this drug two days ago and am still not feeling that great. F 33 5 days
40 1X D
2/17/2013

 1  Acid Reflex Ear pain, swollen glands and light sore throat, arm pain and and back pain, dizzness, confusion,mood changes,pain in head and strange heavyness in top of head, eye pain. Sense Nexium is in the same family as Prilosec it can cause the same symptoms. Don't take this drug as it will cause bad issues. I don't understand why the drugs do this but I do know some of us need to be on them and end up suffering really bad. Also ear infections are common with this drug and are hard to heal if u continue to take it or other acid relief drugs as well. F 51 6 months
20 mg 1X D
2/12/2013

 1  Acid Reflux, Hiatal Hernia tinnitus, vertigo, confusion, depression, loss of appetite, hip pain , ear pain, visual disturbance I have actually been taking Nexium off and on for years. It was restarted around three months ago. Since this time, I have developed ear ringing, pain that wraps around my left side below my ribs, vertigo, disorientation.... What is worse is that my moods have gone totally irratic. I came to this site when I typed in Nexium + ear ringing + confusion. The ear ringing (a problem I've never had) has gotten worse over the past 2 1/2 weeks. I am going to see an ENT next week-- HOWEVER-- I must say that as one woman posted on here, I have not been able to leave my house. Everyone thinks I am just a nut case- crying, depression, confusion.... sobbing-- I won't go anywhere w/o someone coming w/ me and I can't drive b/c of the ear ringing and vertigo. The stomach pain I have has only gotten worse. It's ruining my quality of life- and messing up the home stability as well. I typed in the drugs I have been taking along with ear ringing. All of these crazy side effects that I read- I'm having. Quitting the Nexium TODAY. It certainly isn't helping-- and I will know over the course of time -- whether all of this is actually coming totally from the Nexium. Would I risk taking it??? NO. I WOULD NOT. PPI drugs seem to be monsterous for some of us. Doctors don't seem to realize this drug is only to be taken 4-8 weeks. I am losing it- and think it is the result of this drug. Time will tell for certain, but symptoms here so overlap with mine. I'm also have visual disturban F 40 3 months
20 mg 2X D
1/25/2013
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 1  ACID REFLUX GAS, BLOATING, BELCHING ,ABDOMINAL PAIN, INSOMNIA, REBOUND EFFECT MAJORLY IN THE SIDE EFFECTS MY 2.5 MONTH OLD BABY TOOK 4 TIMES THE RECOMMENDED DOSE BC THE DR MESSED UP. HE IMMEDIATELY STARTED HAVING PAINFUL GAS, BLOATING, BELCHING. HE IS UNABLE TO SLEEP. IT HAS BEEN 2 WEEKS AND HE IS STILL HAVING THE SAME SYMPTOMS. LIFE WAS BETTER BEFORE HE TOOK THE MEDICINE. HOPING THE SYMPTOMS STOP SOON. GOING TO SEE A GI SPECIALIST TO MAKE SURE THERE IS NO DAMAGE. I REPORTED THIS TO THE MANUFACTURER BC THIS DRUG WAS NOT TESTED IN CHILDREN FOR AN OVERDOSE AMOUNT M 0 17 days
10MG 1X D
1/15/2013
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 1  Acid Reflux/GERD Severe headache in the back of my head F 38 60 days
40mg 1X D
1/5/2013
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 2  H pylori n barrett's mucosa Since been on them , wake up with sour feet n lower backache ,has cured the stomach pain due to H pylori but its coming with some other trouble I.e.sour feet n body ache every day + dizziness at times. Not too sure if its NEXIUM , but I have been burping a lot as well . Hopefully it's of some help to others M 30 1 months
20 mg
1/2/2013
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 3  Hiatal Hernia Upset stomach, somewhat more frequent bowel movements I have been off and on Nexium as required to reduce the acid reflux associated with my Hiatal Hernia. After about 24 hours it does reduce the reflux pain. However, I do tend to get an upset stomach,a little stomach pain, and somewhat more frequent (3/day vs 1/day) and slightly loose bowel movements. M 51 5 days
40 1X D
12/25/2012

 1  Severe heart burn Tingling in cheek, like I'd just come from the dentist, moved to my tongue and lips, all on the left side pain under the right rib on my side tired very anxious feeling of helplessness feeling like I was going to die bad thoughts very bad headaches Extremely dry skin nose bleeds pressure in my head blurred vision, noticeably worse by the day tightening in my cheeks I thought I was dying from a brain tumor!! I was prescribed Nexium after about 3 months of chronic heartburn, After the second day I woke up with a pressure headache and stomach ache, and I threw up. The next day I still had the headache and the nausea was still there. The third day, I blew my nose and it was nothing but a tissue full of blood, scared the daylights out of me. I just attributed it to dry air in my workplace. I started having thoughts that I was going to die, for no apparent reason, and I was very sad. I noticed my skin was starting to get flaky, again I chalked it up to the dry air. It was when I noticed my vision change in only a few days, that made me think something was drastically wrong, and my left ear began to ache. I called the drug store where I got the drug and the Pharmacist told me that she'd never heard of such side effects but to stop taking it and see what happens. I took my last pill yesterday morning and I an hoping to see some improvement today. My cheek is still a bit numb, and I have a slight headache and pressure, I still have ringing in my left ear and a bit of an earache that comes and goes. I honestly have never experienced such a scary episode. I also am confused and have short term memory loss, like forgetting what I am supposed to be doing when I am in the middle of doing it SO SCARY!!!! F 47 5 days
40 1X D
12/23/2012
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 3  Gerd M 48 5 months
20 mg 1X D
11/25/2012

 4  Reflux Joint pain, extreme fatigue, chronic nausea, anxiety, panic attacks, sense of doom / dispair, urgency, digestive system never really acting "right", headache, fogginess, memory problems. When it comes to controlling reflux, there is NO better medication on the market. It does exactly what they say it will do, and for that part of the medication, I am grateful. However, over the course of years, side effects became more and more obvious to me, finally reaching the point (last week) where it was getting dibilitating for me. I chose to stop the Nexium, work on my eating habits, and add a supplement called "Slo Mag". I added the supplement because it is now being discussed that Nexium, over time, can deplete the body's magnesium. Regardless, I have been off Nexium for 4 days, and I'm using the Slo Mag - and the past 3-4 days have been markedly better. I've had no nausea, and no headache. I am confident the fatigue and joint pain will go away in time. It took a long time to start, and I'm sure it will take a long time to go away. I AM NOT anti-Nexium. I am very against people taking it for years. The body will suffer as a result. M 46 10 years
40 mg 1X D
10/22/2012
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 5  Gastritis NONE I went to my doctor after feeling nauseous almost every day for 4 months. Despite being underweight to begin with, I lost around 16 pounds because I had no appetite 95% of the time. My doctor gave me Nexium because she believed I had gastritis (inflammation of stomach lining). After reading the reviews on this website, I was terrified of taking this medication! I put it off for almost 3 weeks because I was so frightened of all of the nasty side effects so many people said they had. But finally, I decided I had to try the Nexium because I was tired of feeling sick all of the time. Within 48 hours of beginning Nexium, my nausea was gone and my appetite was back! I think it's important to mention that I did NOT swallow the capsules whole - I have severe difficulty swallowing pills, so I would open up the capsules and swallow the tiny beads inside with a spoonful of applesauce. I also made sure not to eat until an hour had passed. There were a few days where I "cheated" and ate when about 50 minutes had passed, but I always waited at least that long. For the two weeks I was on Nexium, I very, very rarely felt nauseous and was feeling so good and happy to be hungry that I've already gained a few pounds back! And I had NO SIDE EFFECTS. Now, it's been over 3 days since I finished up the Nexium and I'm not feeling as good, but I don't feel nearly as nasty as I did before I took the meds! F 24 15 days
40 1X D
10/5/2012
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 3  stomach acid, sour stomach Liked that my sour stomach and acid stomach is gone. But, have joint pain already, within 12 hrs of first dose. After reading some posts here, I am throwing the Nexium away. Thanks every one. Will tell Dr I was afraid of side effects and will try pervacid, mallox, change diet etc. M 45 2 days
40mg
9/14/2012
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 1  possible ulcer, gastro Itching, foggy head, sleepiness, anxiety, irrational thinking I've been on it for 8 days. Today was my last dose, thanks to this site. Thought I was starting to loose it. Worked fine for the stomach ulcer pain, but the side effects are worse. I itch. Not a poison ivy kind of itch, just a phantom itch here and then there... ect. My skin feels hypersensitive. I've also started to get anxious. Thinking about the itching - irrational thinking, like my skin had creepy crawl thing going on. PLEASE consider something else. Prevacid worked just fine for me - no side effects. Prevacid here I come. I'll post back in a couple of days if symptoms continue. But I have a feeling they'll stop... M 44 8 days
40 MG 1X D
9/4/2012

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