Does anybody else take prilosec or protonix for heartburn...

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mitcl74
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   Posted 11/3/2007 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm asking cause my OCD is getting to me.  I have heartburn problems and for about 2 weeks took samples of protonix.  Now, I'm on prilosec cause insurance doesn't cover the other one BUT here is my stupid problem..
One of the side effects for prilosec is psychological, like possible hallucinations, agitation and anxiety.
 
Now, I didn't feel any of this while I first took the medicine UNTIL i read about the symptoms.  So now, I don't know if my symptoms of anxiety are cause I read the bottle and I assume it's happening, or because that is a true side effect.
 
I am way to embarrassed to ask my doctor, as that is where I work and I don't want them to know I have panic / ocd.
 
So, if anyone else is on this, please let me know that it works fine for you and you've had no hallucinations, bad panic from this pill.
 
Thanks.

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   Posted 11/3/2007 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I take prilosec and I have never ever had any of the problems or symptoms you are posting about ..........

No hallucinations......No agitation whatsoever

perhaps it is because you read of the Possible side effects........does not mean it will definitely happen to you ............

It is just in case it does happen to someone and the protection of the drug company IMHO anyway

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mitcl74
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   Posted 11/3/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Lyn

I appreciate it.  Lately, my ocd has been getting to me and I find myself needing more reassurance.

I did not feel any of those side effects UNTIL i read that side effect.  The naseau, etc doesn't scare me, but when I saw that, I started to get scared and I had a really bad panic attack, so then I started to blame the new medicine I was on.  I didn't want to tell my doctor yesterday when they told me to start taking it regularly, as I am their Office Manager and I am very embarrassed by my ocd/panic.  I live with it and my family knows, but I don't want my employer to know about it. 

Thanks again,

Laurie


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   Posted 11/4/2007 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
no prob at all hun
I too am OCD.........fun EH........not ........have you tried Cognitve behavioural Therapy ( free online one )
It has helped me with some of my severe OCD.......and I mean severe..........

Be well and keep posting

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   Posted 11/5/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   

I took Protonix for 2-3 years (can't remember just how long) and had no problems with it.  However, I recently had to switch to Nexium because I was getting a lot of breakthrough reflux even though I was taking two Protonix every day.  It apparently just got to the point that it wasn't enough to control the reflux.

I hope you find something soon that you feel comfortable taking.  Remember that all potential side effects for any drug are always listed so that consumers are aware of them.  But that does not mean that you will experience them - some people do and some don't.
 
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   Posted 11/5/2007 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem with the insurance. Was on Prevacid for a long while with great success, but with a new job came new insurance and they will not cover a PPI as long as Prilosec is on the market. I have acid reflux all the time now, and mornings are particularly bad.

So, basically, I pay something like 36 dollars a month for a medicine that works but is a lot weaker than what I used to pay a 15 dollar co-pay for. BAD. My doctor said I could double my dose, but then I'll be paying 72 dollars a month for medication when I PAY FOR INSURANCE. Ridiculous.

I get agitated about that, but can't report it as a side effect. I'd imagine that physically, Prilosec's side-effect profile would be about the same as any other PPI. If the Protonix didn't bother you, I wouldn't imagine Prilosec would. Just a guess, though.

Doctors are doctors, and assuming you live in the USA, you have rights. You can't be terminated or discriminated against if you have an illness. Your doctor is the one person in your life who you need to be COMPLETELY honest with, in my opinion. And your lawyer, but that's neither here nor there.
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