Diarrhea after stopping nexium cold turkey

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   Posted 5/14/2011 3:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I am preparing for a pH test on June 1 and I stopped Nexium and all other reflux related meds. Since it never helped all that much, I did not have so muc problems stopping nexium cold turkey in terms of reflux. But I did develop diarrhea the same day and it's been going on for 3 days.

Now, it's not severe and I am able to function but I was wondering if anybody had the same experience and how they resolved it.

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   Posted 5/14/2011 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
no, no trouble.

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   Posted 5/14/2011 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kefalo,
Like Joy, I've never experienced that symptom after going off a PPI. Everyone is different, though...who knows? It's probably unrelated, but the only way you'll know is to repeat the experiment after you're on it again!
Good luck with the test.

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   Posted 8/24/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Same here.  I cold turkeyed Nexium and diarrhea was bad till I went back on it.

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   Posted 8/24/2011 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
How terrible for you. I only had (fiery) diarrhea for a day and then my BM's went back to normal.

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   Posted 9/17/2011 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new here and have posted in a couple other forums to try to get some answers. I am getting desperate.

I quit nexium cold turkey after being on it 8 years due to gallbladder removal. Been off it 2 weeks and have had bad diarrhea and stomach rumbling ever since with everymeal. Practically living on immodium.

Would like to know how long I should expect this diarrhea to last and I really don't want to go back on the nexium since I am already 2 weeks post medicine. Surely this will go away soon.

Anyone have any opinions or advice.



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   Posted 9/18/2011 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried Pepto-Bismol? That is an OTC treatment for diarrhea and it coats your stomach to protect it. Be sure to buy cherry flavored, not peppermint.

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   Posted 9/18/2011 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I have tried it. Drank almost a whole bottle (big bottle) in one day and that was why I switched to immodium because it wasn't helping but I have also started taking Dexilant when I went off nexium and I just read that diarrhea is the most common side effect of it plus I have been itching all over for days and that is a sign of an allergic reaction to dexilant so I have quit that med but only been on it 2 weeks so I hope when it gets out of my system the diarrhea will go away too.
Just wish I knew how long it will take to know if it is out of my system so I will know if that is the cause of my problems or if I need to look elsewhere but it seems awfully coincidental that my symptoms started as soon as I stopped nexium and started dexilant

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   Posted 2/8/2017 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I have stopped Nexium cold turkey and have diarrhea. Anyone else? I do not want restart Nexium. How long does this continue and what can be done or can I take to stop diarrhea?

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   Posted 5/13/2017 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I stopped taking Nexium last Wednesday and within 24 hours I had diarrhea. I tried pepto bismol for the first 24 hours with little success. Finally took Immodium AD this morning and hoping that it takes care of it.
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