Drug Ratings for NEXIUM

Average Rating: 2.3 (883 Ratings)

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 2  acid reflux, stomach ulcer Churning uncomfortable stomach, stomach cramps, wind, dizziness, fatigue, feeling as if I'm hungry all the time.. constipation, slight diarrhea when not constipated.. everything hurts I don't like this medication I'm on, and I have to be on it for another 6 or so days! Not happy at all. F 18 2 days
20mg
9/19/2014
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 2  Acid reflux VERY BAD muscles cramping in legs. F 48 3 days
22.3
9/17/2014

 2  GERD Trouble sleeping, chest pain, bloating and abdominal pain. F 66 3 days
40 MG x 1
8/24/2014

 1  gerd symptoms Although heartburn and sternum pain improved I quickly developed worse symptoms that I hadn't had before! Side effects include stomach upset and constant uncomfortable gurgling of stomach, muscle twitches, severe acid taste in mouth (which I did have before but has intensified with Nexium) heart palpitations, General malaise and fatigue.My doctor has encouraged me to continue but after 5 days I'm done. I feel considerably worse now than I did before starting this drug! I am losing weight, exercising,no coffee and generally taking good care of myself. I WILL FOLLOW up with my doctor but my mind is made up that I am done. I know my body better than anyone else and Nexium was not good for it! F 43 5 days
20mg twice
8/24/2014
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 2  Dr Rx for pain with early satiety I did not have heartburn before taking this drug. My doctor thought it would help my stomach pains from eating (I feel very full whenever I eat only tiny amounts). The first week on Nexium, I felt no change for better or worse. The second week, I started getting bad heartburn and acid taste deep in my throat. I stopped taking Nexium after the 14 day course, and the heartburn and acid taste went away in about 2 days. I often have paradoxical reactions to medicines, but I successfully took Nexium for heartburn while pregnant and at that time, it worked wonders; I would have been miserable throughout my pregnancy without it (I stopped taking it the day my daughter was born and had no recurrence or rebound heartburn even though I had been on it for 7 months). However, after this last experience with Nexium, I'm adding it to my list of drugs that don't work right on me. F 41 14 days
20 1X D
8/20/2014

 5  GERD, acid reflux None. Zip. Zero. This had healed my esophagus and allowed me to live my life again. I read these reviews and laugh out loud. I guess all of the "rarest of rare" side effect victims found this site at once. It isn't perfect, but it works. F 40 10 years
40
8/17/2014

 1  Acid Reflux, Indigestion Extreme bloating, indigestion, pain I will never, ever take this pill again! Within 2 hours of taking it my stomach bloated so much that I couldn't wear my (loose-fitting) jeans. Excessive bowel movements. This intensified all of my glass and bloating! AWFUL!!! F 58 4 days
20 mg 1X D
8/2/2014

 3  GERD Severe foot & leg cramps, joint pain, difficulty getting a deep breath, short term memory loss I gradually developed very severe foot & leg cramps that became debilitating over the years, but I didn't associate them with the Nexium initially. I now take 500 mg of magnesium each day to control this problem. I blamed most of my side effects on my age although I couldn't understand why friends my age didn't seem to be having these difficulties. I'm 5' 2" 115 lbs and was fairly active before these issues began. The shortness of breath was a little scary and my doctor sent me for tests to rule out heart and lung diseases and everything came out normal. Over the years, from time to time I would try to stop taking Nexium, but each time the reflux was worse than ever and I assumed that I was getting worse. I now know that when you try to stop taking it after long term use, your body will start mass producing stomach acid making you think you're getting worse. I'm off of this drug now for about 3 weeks and feel so much better than I have in years. I went through hell for a couple of weeks and used over the counter remedies to help wean myself off. This drug is addictive in my opinion and should not be used for more than a couple of weeks at a time. F 59 8 years
40 MG 1X D
7/18/2014
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 1  indigestion Gave me extremely painful gas as a side effect.Thought I was having a heart attack. I took Prilosec for years and switched to Nexium when it became otc. Very bad idea. F 50 1 months
22.3 mg
7/18/2014

 1  GERD Nausea, lack of appetite, anxiety, mental fog, loss of weight, depression, terrible drug F 60 1 years
40 Mgs
7/16/2014

 3  Reflux and stomach pain After the first couple of weeks of using Nexium my abdomen became inflamed. I didn't make a direct connection to it at first, but, then I also began to feel breast tenderness that did not go away and now after 4 weeks I have had sudden weight gain. I am barely able to button up pants that I wore comfortably just 4 weeks ago. As if that wasn't enough, I woke up this morning w terrible body ache all over my body. And the following evening even stronger pain in all my muscles in my hands, arms, shoulders , thighs, back and legs. It even hurts when I swallow, which is a scary thing. I will stop using this product immediately and discuss with my doctor. It's sad because I was finally starting to feel some relief of my stomach issues while using this medication. F 40 4 weeks
40mg
7/5/2014
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 5  Severe acid reflux Haven't experienced any adverse effects at all. This is the only thing I tried that actually takes away ALL my acid reflux away! I am so happy that I can go to bed at night without having to "drink pickle juice" "chew gum" or sit up half the night. A great product!! F 57 2 weeks
50mg
6/24/2014
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 3  Acid Reflux Loose stool and very bloated. Seem to have increased sense of smell with regard to my tap water. M 44 5 days
20 MG 1X D
6/18/2014

 5  GERD flatulence Nexium at a dosage of 40 mg has worked optimally at eliminating my severe case of GERD, and I have not experienced a return of symptoms since the second day of dosing. Before I was prescribed Nexium, I was given Protonix (omeprazole) at 40 mg for GERD, but I experienced a very rare side effect that produced severe bone pain, especially within the joints. In retrospect, I do not have a memory of Protonix ever resolving any of my GERD, even though I was taking as prescribed daily for two weeks before stopping, and then for another week before completely stopping Protonix. Nexium works perfectly. F 49 3 months
40 1X D
6/4/2014

 4  GERD Joints cracking and achy M 50 2 years
20 2X D
6/2/2014
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 4  GERD Weak knees, painful knees, a little exhaustion They work fine, but if you want to avoid painful knees, take a magnesium and calcium supplement each day. But i can't use them for more than 14 days in a row before i have to take 2 weeks break. They work better than Pantoprazole, which gave me a severe fatigue and dark coloured urine and back pain. PPI´s are for healthy people, are you like any modern human being: eat a lot of junk and consume very little calcium and a lot of soda, PPI´s will wreck you, take a brake from it once a while to avoid serious side effects. M 27 6 months
20 1X D
6/2/2014

 1  Hiatal Hernia/Acid Reflux It took a while for side effects to kick in, but once they did, they were severe. I had extreme anxiety and panic attacks--worried that I was going to die. I had brain fog, difficulty thinking and speaking clearly--felt drunk and tired all the time. I'd get weird joint and muscle pain that couldn't be explained as well as tingling in my extremities. In general, I felt like I was losing my mind and my body was falling apart. There might be a benefit to taking this drug for a short period of time, but I'd greatly caution anyone against taking it for a longer period of time. Once I realized that the drug was causing all my problems, the symptoms slowly went away. But it took at least a year for the most problematic symptoms (anxiety, brain fog) to disappear. Thankfully, though, they are gone. M 35 5 years
40mg 1X D
6/1/2014

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5/29/2014

 2  acid reflux Skin burning sensation and pain all over the body F 34 2 weeks
5/24/2014
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 1  GERD I took this drug for 1 year, during which time I experienced severe insomnia and developed fibromyalgia. Taking large doses of magnesium maleate helps, which led me to believe that Nexium does indeed cause low magnesium levels (one of the stated side effects). This was seven years ago and my fibro is still ongoing. This medication basically ruined my life. F 62 1 years
4/27/2014

 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

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