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Nexium Side Effects

If you've used Nexium, please help others by sharing your experience with side effects. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Foul odor of gas
Date: 1/13/2011
I have been using Nexium for years but over the last 6 months I have been experiencing a foul odor of gas that starts after every meal and then I stop taking it and when I start it again I have the same problem.

AskDocWeb: One of the problems of reducing stomach acid is that some food passes through the stomach undigested. That undigested food passes into the intestine (colon) where thousands of normal bacteria are waiting to break it down producing hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane (CH4) gases, which are released through the rectum (flatus). The more food that passes through the body undigested the more gas is produced. It is the methane that has the unpleasant odor.

Subj: Generic nexium?
Date: 1/16/2011
hi, i have been taking nexium for probably 4-5 years. it has gotten so expensive and i have 11 other scripts to fill. my dr. has told me i have barrets syndrom, and that nexium is the only thing that will heal it. i see generic nexium offered and generic prices (esomeprazole) is it the same medication? would i be safe in ordering it? i would appreciate your comments thanks

AskDocWeb: The current patent for Nexium does not expire until 2014, which means that there is no legal generic available yet. If a business is advertising "Generic prices" for Nexium, that may not be the same medication, especially if you see it on the Internet. You might ask your doctor about the possibility of using Prilosec. It is very similar to Nexium and has the advantage of having a generic equivalent.

Subj: Bones aching
Date: 1/21/2011
I have thyroid cancer, and have had severe GERD since my radioactive iodine treatment. I have complained about bones aching for over a year not, and nobody seemed to know what was causing it, I even began to believe doctors were thinking its all in my head....UNTIL I read the side effects tonight. Wow! What to do now, Nexium is the only drug that has helped me with the GERD, however, with the thyroid cancer, I'm having a hard enough time maintaining proper Vitamin D and Calcium levels. Any suggestions?

Subj: There is nothing like Nexium
Date: 1/27/2011
I've been on 40mg of Nexium/day for 4 years. I still have break-throughs but only when I eat within 2 hours of bed-time. I've gained 30lbs since going on Nexium. I attribute this to being able to eat without the fear of reprisal from reflux. I tried other "over-the-counter" products for years without success. My insurance company (BC/BS) doesn't want to recognize Nexium and insists that periodically I run the gammit of (generic drugs) before they will conclude I need Nexium. Nothing else is the same. PERIOD.

Subj: No improvement
Date: 1/28/2011
I have been on Nexium 40 mg twice a day for a 17 days for LPR which was diagnosed by an ENT. I am not noticing any improvement and feel as though my throat is swollen and I'm not able to lay down for any length of time including sleeping. Could it be that the Nexium isn't working for me?

AskDocWeb: Most of the time, LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease) is well controlled with Nexium or other Proton Pump Inhibitors but occasionally surgery is needed in severe cases or those that don't resolve with medications. It is important to take your medicine exactly as prescribed. Typically that means taking it 30 minutes to 1 hour before breakfast and the same for dinner. This maximizes the effectiveness of the medicine.

Subj: Nexium is not curing the Barrett's or Gerd
Date: 1/28/2011
I have been on 40mg of Nexium for 3 years for Barrett's Esophagus and Gerd. I have extreme pain in my shoulders, where shoulders and arms connect, weight gain, forgetful, and sore throats and ear aches. Here in the last month I have had terrible gas and stomach bubbles. ENT Doc says ears are fine. I am going to stop taking it. It is not curing the Barrett's or Gerd so what is Nexium suppose to help with???

AskDocWeb: Nexium is a helpful treatment for many but it not a cure. Please note: It is a bad idea to stop taking your medicine without checking with your doctor first.

Subj: Stopping Nexium suddenly
Date: 1/30/2011
I have used Nexium for 3 years. After suddenly stopping, I have had horrible gas and diarrhea for about 3 day. Is the reaction typical, and can I expect it to subside?

AskDocWeb: There have been reports of rebound reflux or acid rebound when a PPI is stopped suddenly. Those reports indicate that the rebound symptoms last somewhere between 4 or 5 days up to three months. In the July issue of Gastroenterology, one study concluded that proton-pump inhibitors may cause or aggravate the very acid-reflux symptoms they're used to treat. The proposed mechanism for this rebound acid hypersecretion is the result of the body increasing acid production when the drugs are stopped which can worsen symptoms of gas and heartburn. It is typical for mild to moderately severe reflux symptoms to show up within a few days after discontinuation of a PPI.

Subj: Questions regarding Nexium
Date: 2/1/2011
I have a couple questions regarding Nexium. I went in to my doctor complaining of a stabbing pain in my lower sternum (happening periodically throughout the day and night) and a heavy pressure all day. It started out of no-where and I have been eating next to nothing because of that and other pain, so im wondering if it makes sense that i was prescribed this? I had heartburn during pregnancy and it felt nothing like this. He was sure this would help though. Also, how long should it take for it to start working?

AskDocWeb: It may take some time for Nexium to take effect. Don't be surprised if it takes several weeks before you notice an improvement in symptoms. If your symptoms become worse while taking Nexium contact your doctor immediately.

Subj: It is wonderful to know I am not alone
Date: 2/4/2011
I have been on Nexium for several years and during that time I have put on 60 pounds. I have exercised, dieted, taken pills, the whole nine yards. I worked out on my tread mill for three mile each night. Nothing has worked. Then I found this web site. I have pain in my legs and hips, palpitations, and breathlessness. I also don't sleep as well as I used to. I am a 62 year old female.

After reading all 47 pages of comments I know it is not me or a lack of discipline that caused this weight gain. I am 4'10" tall, so I am carrying too much weight. I am getting off this stuff and my Dr. will have to come up with a plan that does not include Nexium. Thank you so much for this site. If you hurt too much you don't exercise so you get worse.

Thank you for this site, I think you may have saved my life. I have the pain, shakiness, fuzzy vision, fatigue, weight gain, leg pain, and lack of focus or fuzzy brain. Thank you once again. It is wonderful to know I am not alone in my side effects.

AskDocWeb: You are welcome Melany, and good luck.

Subj: Withdrawal effects
Date: 2/4/2011
I seem to be having withdrawal effects after finishing my slow taper off 40mg Nexium. My stomach is fine, but I am having jitteriness, foggy head, insomnia, and anxiety. How long before withdrawal symptoms disappear?

AskDocWeb: Those symptoms are not generally associated with discontinuing Nexium so check with your doctor. When most people talk about withdrawal symptoms from stopping a PPI they usually refer to acid rebound. It is often hard to determine if the withdrawal symptoms are acid rebound or a relapse of the original condition.

Subj: Pain and gas
Date: 2/10/2011
I am having chest pain and back pain and a lot of burping gas sometimes the pain feel like is moving in my back or these symptoms of nexium?

AskDocWeb: Those are not side effects of Nexium but they are symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Since they may also indicate another problem check with your doctor. The symptoms of GERD include heartburn, chest pain, hoarseness in the morning, difficulty swallowing and regurgitation leading to a persistent dry cough and bad breath. Nausea is uncommon but in some patients it may be frequent or severe and may result in vomiting. It is not clear why some patients with GERD develop mainly the chest pain of heartburn and others develop mainly nausea.

Subj: Severe case of GERD
Date: 2/21/2011
Hiii, i'm 17 years old and i have a severe case of GERD. I go to a G.I. Doctor every 2 months and she often changes my pills because nothing seems to work. I am very nauseated in the night. Any help? Thanks.

AskDocWeb: Sorry Jennifer, our purpose here is limited to discussing the side effects of the products listed on the top left side of this page.

Subj: Gained 30lbs.
Date: 3/1/2011
Hi I have been taking Nexium for 4 years now and I have gained 30lbs. MY diet hasn't changed much in that time, except the odd party and dinner. I also have fluid retention in my legs and feet. I try to keep active gardening etc. If I miss taking Nexium one night I end up with severe reflux. I take it at 3pm every day and if I take it 9pm or so I get the reflux. Can you advise me? Thanks.

AskDocWeb: Sorry Diane, we leave the medical advice to your local health care provider or AdOnline Doctors. The focus of this forum is on questions and answers about side effects.

Subj: Gastric bypass patient
Date: 3/2/2011
Thank you for the overview. I have only been on Nexium for 3 days and wanted to know the ups and downs on the product. I have been having severe heartburn for over 3 months and finally went to my Doctor after my wife insisted. I also was eating antacid tablets as if they were candy. I can truthfully say that I havent had any heartburn in the shorttime I have been taking Nexium. Thank you again for your website.

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