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Subj: Nexium, potassium and magnesium
Date: 9/22/2006
(Can) Nexium cause low potassium and magnesium? I (have) acid reflex is so bad.


AskDocWeb: Stomach acid converts the minerals in food into chemical forms that your body can absorb. Research indicates that when stomach acid is reduced, it also reduces the body’s ability to absorb minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. Although it is rare, Nexium may lower the amount of magnesium in the blood. In some cases a simple magnesium supplement can correct this, which may also relieve stomach pain.

Subj: Apple Cider Vinegar experience
Date: 9/22/2006
I went to see an ENT doctor about a week and a half ago. When I made the appt., I had a strange feeling in my throat, by the time that my appointment came around, the feeling had subsided, but I kept the appt. I had also have a strange whistling sound when I exhale forcefully and mentioned this to the ENT Dr. He said I had “silent” reflux, but I had a hard time believing this because I had absolutely NO symptoms, ever, of GERD. He prescribed 40mg of Nexium/1xday. I hate taking meds, so I started taking 2T. Apple Cider Vinegar in about 8 oz. water 2-3times/day.

I read on a different site from about 50 people who have done this successfully. After about 3 or 4 days, I started to GET a feeling of SEVERE indigestion. On day two of that feeling I took the Nexium! I am now taking the Nexium (only 3 days) and getting pains that pop up everywhere (chest, back, neck)! Also a slight feeling of numbness in my left pinky and ring fingers, and of course the Nexium headache. I am also feeling strange feelings in my nostrils and my throat feels like there’s a lump or blockage in it – very uncomfortable.

I think I’m skipping the Nexium tomorrow, now, I feel absolutely terrible all over. I don’t know if the ACV actually caused my problems or not, but it sure did coincide with the timing of when I began drinking it, and when the symptoms started. I would advise anyone who tries the ACV method, to not over do it, and water it down very well! My aunt is 90, lives alone, and drinks it everyday with some honey – she even gives it to her dog!


Subj: Nexium weight gain
Date: 9/23/2006
I was diagnosed with GERD back prior to the purple pill having FDA approval in the early 90’s. I switched to nexium a couple years ago and have been on some medication daily. I have experienced about a thirty pound weight gain since. Anything on the horizon to perhaps offset the weight gain side effect?


AskDocWeb: We hope so, others are complaining about weight gain too.

Subj: Eye floaters
Date: 9/24/2006
I’ve been taking Nexium for about 6 months and since then have been noticing eye floaters. Has this been noticed by any other studies?


AskDocWeb: Floaters have not been specifically mentioned but in a small number of cases (less than 1%) abnormal vision and conjunctivitis has been reported.
Conjunctivitis, also called pinkeye, is a swelling in the front of the white of the eye, red eyes, sometimes accompanied by a sticky or thick discharge, especially in the morning.

Subj: Nexium rash
Date: 9/26/2006
I have had a 20 year history of GERD, 3 Nissen Fundoplications, the third was successful. Now after 6 years with no symptoms, I am having reflux again. My PCP started me on Nexium 10 days ago, and I am pleased with the results, but for the last 5 days I have been breaking out in a red, hot and bumpy rash…guess that means no nexium.


Subj: Bloated with burning pains
Date: 10/5/2006
When I take Nexium my stomach feels so bloated, like when I’ am on my period. Also I eat a whole more or I get burning pains. When I don’t take it, I’am barely hungry and my pains are so bad that I cry, but it helps with heartburn. What should I do?


AskDocWeb: You can talk to your doctor, there are other medications that could help you.

Subj: Gained weight with Nexium
Date: 10/21/2006
I have noticed that every time I start taking Nexium I get unusual hunger, which results in gaining a few pounds the first week. I tried this experiment a few times for the past year for no more than a week. The longest I have taken Nexium is for a year in which I gained about 10 pounds. It does however, help with my acid reflux symptoms.


Subj: Acid problems
Date: 10/22/2006
I came here using a search engine to find out the side affects of getting off nexium. First of all, I took it because I have esophageal reflux but I was taking NSAIDS for back injury, which is how it started.

First I took protonix and then got off. Within a week I thought I was going to die. The comfort was immediate with it and my stomach felt cool, nice but I didn’t want to take it forever because my problem stemmed from NSAIDS-naproxin. I had healed and when getting off the acid came in with a rush and nearly killed my stomach. The burning and then diarrhea resulted because the stomach became sensitive due to lack of acid coming in to break down foods. It took almost a month or so for it to stop.

Then later I complained about something and I was put on another one but it didn’t do anything for me. My doctor went in and did a stomach scope and I hadn’t eaten 24 hrs and all the food I ate was still in the stomach and barely broken down at all. I had ulcer rings in my stomach so I was given nexium right away to clear that up. I have been on it for sometime and just got off.

This is day three and this is usually what happens, I figure after the protonix experience. Today a flood of acid came in and my guts began to roll, my stomach is burning like crazy. It’s what I suspected and most natural path doctors say…as we age we loose acid from our stomachs and our food doesn’t digest as it should and we loose viable nutrients and enzymes, that is when we have problems. So our doctors instead of treating the cause, they treat the symptoms. They give you acid reducers of which is the case already…so my food still left after 24 hrs in my stomach was putrefying before digesting which can cause more problems.

When I saw that from my endoscope…I knew what was up so I decided to get off at some point as it’s directed to do anyway. I had other side affects like swelling which caused soreness of joints and muscles etc. and dizziness so it was time. I immediately began to urinate a lot loosing a lot of the fluid build up and felt better and could move better however, what can we take to help with the rush of acid back into the stomach? The stomach for example needs to be retanned like leather so it feels comfortable with food in it again breaking it down.

I have been drinking the pink stuff to help relieve the symptoms. I need to use something that is not going to cause my stomach to not adjust to the acid but just give relief…as we age we loose enzymes and acid…so some help with those might do the trick and sleeping tilted up at the head and eating earlier before going to bed…and eating certain foods…at sounds nuts but cabbage like the German sauerkraut.

Well, pray for me now. I’m just starting the hell portion of getting use to not taking an acid reducer with the acid pouring in and my stomach, I know is getting redder and probably a few small ulcers forming like the ones you get in your mouth. They aren’t bad but are uncomfortable until they get better. Don’t just do what your doctor says, question it. I do have high cholesterol and cannot take any of the statin drugs. I have tried. I wish I could and just get it down but my side affects from that are drastic so I have to improvise. There are natural things out there…my husband is a skeptic and I think he would rather me die than try any as natural things can cause problems as well. I wish regular med doctors would learn about drugs and natural meds. That would be heaven indeed.


Subj: Short-term VS long-term use
Date: 10/23/2006
Your report indicates short term usage. I have been on Nexium for about 5 years. This seems to be totally away from your recommendation. Suggestion Please.


AskDocWeb: The clinical studies published by drug companies refers to long-term usage as 6-12 months. By calling a 12-month study “long-term” it seems to imply that more research has been done than has actually occurred. When you talk about long-term usage, it’s important to remember that you are probably not talking about the same thing as the drug companies. We don’t have a suggestion for you but rather one for the drug industry. There needs to be an expansion of the terminology for usage beyond just the two terms, short-term and long-term.

Subj: Panic attacks
Date: 10/29/2006
My son has been using Nexium and has started to experience panic attacks and feels ‘odd’ when he is taking it. It sounds to me like slight paranoia. Is this usual for Nexium takers?


AskDocWeb: No it is not. Please report this to his doctor. He shouldn’t be going through this over the Nexium.

Subj: Severe chest pains
Date: 11/3/2006
I have been using nexium for 2 years, recently I started having severe chest pains, erratic heartbeats and all sort of problems. I wasn’t sure since I don’t take any other pills, now I know… what can I do?

AskDocWeb: Do not take any chances with your health, seek professional help immediately with these type of symptoms.

Subj: Research Gerd symptoms and treatment
Date: 11/12/2006
I have been taking nexium for almost a year sometimes twice a day and have been tapered to once a day at times. It seems to help with conjunction of Reglan 10mg a day. My problem is that I have gained 30 pounds and am just finding out that it could be from nexium. Do you know of any other ways to research my severe Gerd symptoms and treatment? I am at my wits end and are finding it hard to find relief.


AskDocWeb: If you haven’t yet seen a specialist, that would be a good place to start. A gastroenterologist can determine what esophageal damage there may be and help you decide where to go from there. It is important to rule out the possibility of malignant conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus. He will likely suggest most of the following:

  • No citrus and tomato-based products
  • No caffeine
  • No tobacco
  • No alcohol
  • Eat more slowly, chew more
  • Elevate the head of your bed 4 to 8 inches
  • Avoid lying down after eating
  • Weight reduction
  • Reduce the amount of fat in your diet
  • Reduce the size of your meals
  • Avoid clothing that is tight around the waist

The safest well tolerated and effective drugs used to treat GERD are the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) esomeprazole, omeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole and pantoprazole. Read more feedback about Nexium.
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