Tumor caused by Nexium ?

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   Posted 1/15/2011 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  I am 40 and have been taking Nexium for about 10 years its the only thing that helped my severe heartburn.  I am not sure if what Im about to say was caused by Nexium or not.  I want to see if anyone out there had a similar situation or knows of someone who has.  about 3 years ago I had a GI bleed went to the hospital and they checked me out thoroughly ran every test you can think of, I even swallowed a camera.  They sent me home never discovering a cause.  Then the day after Thanksgiving of this year I wasnt feeling right and had another GI bleed this one worse then the last.  My wife called the life squad because I passed out.  It turned out I was bleeding to death because of a very large mass that had developed in a portion of my small intestines not far from my stomach.  They rushed me to surgery and removed the tumor it was a little larger than a softball.  The results came back benine but I was told it was a rare tumor and the chances or it returning were very great.  Then this past Monday my surgeon tells me they have to go back in and remove additional small intestine.  Just wondering has anyone else experience this?
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   Posted 1/15/2011 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I was on Nexium for ten years too. I did develop small benign polyps in my stomach which the Nexium site does warn of. It's rare, but it can happen. The doctor told me they would go away after I stop the medicine. He did not seem worried.

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   Posted 1/15/2011 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am sorry to read of your very frighting experience.  Did your Dr. per chance mention a Carcinoid Tumor to you at all ?
Every year U.S. physicians diagnose nearly 5,000 cases of carcinoid tumors. Most are in the gastrointestinal tract including the stomach, small intestine, appendix, colon, and rectum. Rarely, carcinoid tumors occur in the lungs or bronchial tubes.
I do not know if Nexium was related to your problems but calling the pharmaceutical company and reporting your problem is one way to start the ball rolling.  The company will have to send a letter to your Dr. that prescribed the medication and request all the info re you GI bleed and surgery.  I reported a drug that I was taking as I developed skin cancer while taking it. I called the company as it is good to let them know what happened to you while on the medication.
AstraZeneca makes Nexium.
I wish you well,
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