Can Prilosec cause diarrhea and heart palpitations?

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susan1
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   Posted 12/27/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Prilosec OTC for 4 months now.  Immediately after starting prilosec I started getting very loose stools...and have not had a normal one since.  I cut the dose down to a 1/2 a pill a day.

On October 31, I started developing heart palpitations, which sent me to the ER.  I then followed up wth a cardiologist and had a 30 day event heart monitor put on as well as a stress/echo.  I am awaiting results, but it has been over 3 weeks now.  

Anyway, I am curious if anyone know about these symptoms?  It makes sense that diarrhea would/could deplete the vitamins in the body thus cause heart palpitations.

I'm so desperate, none of the Drs seem to be concerned.  Even my Gastroenterologist was like "hmmm, well you can stop your prilosec", but you are FINE, everything is fine.

Thank you.
Susan

dencha
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   Posted 12/27/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan,
I'm sure everyone reacts differently to different drugs, but I can tell you that I took Prilosec (then Nexium, and lastly Protonix) for many years without any of the side effects you're describing. I do know that PPI's can interfere with some absorption of vitamins, but honestly, I can't say I ever had anything that relates to the type of symptoms you described.

That said, whenever I had a flare-up of my stomach/GERD burning, etc. I would get loose stools until it cleared up. It's like an automatic. When my LES/now wrap) and stomach are complaining, loose stools follow.

Hope you can find an answer soon. I'm sure someone will stop by and provide additional ideas and insights. Hope you are having a nice holiday. Hang in there!
Take care,
Denise

susan1
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   Posted 12/27/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you.
When I google prilosec & heart palpitations, I find things online, but nothing from a reputable site. I guess I will just have to see.

Thank you.
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/27/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Susan,
 
From what I have read, for people taking Prilosec, side effects that are relatively common include things such as headaches, diarrhea, and dizziness. I have also read that heart palpations are another side effect of Prilosec in some people.
 
I would recommend talking with your physician re these side effects.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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susan1
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   Posted 12/27/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much. It is weird how people can be so sensitive to different drugs.
I appreciate your response.
Susan>
41 years old

Married>



Waiting>

Abnormalities: Vitamin B1, B12, D and iron ddeficient,, +ANA, +ACA MTHFR heterogenous gene A1298C



Rheumatologist>


"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
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