Lansoprazole side effects

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   Posted 10/18/2011 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

Since I last posted I have continued with the extreme sore throat and ear pain, but the globus has been less frequent THANK GOODNESS! However the ear and throat pain has been severe, so I went to the GP about it. She was her usual wet useless self, "ohh I don't know...." << her generic response...and I asked if the reflux could cause this, so she said maybe...

Anyway my Mum has been on Lansoprazole for ages and swears by it, so I asked if I could switch from Rabeprazole (which has never helped the throat symptoms of my LPR), and try Lanso. She agreed so I have been on 30mg a day now since the 4th of October. Well, my throat has been so much better! I have still had some ear and throat pain, but the lump sensation has decreased and my voice seems to have improved. This has not happened in 4 years, so needless to say I am delighted!

However, I have been getting bouts of bad headaches, dizziness, and some cold numb feelings in my arms. I also get occasional loose bowel movements but that is not a problem for me since I am chronically constipated. The meds I got came without an info leaflet, but after Googling around it seems the above are considered "common" side effects.

So here is my question. Will these effects subside as my body adjusts, or is this something I need to see the GP about? I would be sad to go back to Rabeprazole, since I never did feel they helped the LPR. They suppressed the acid but the throat remained a big issue.

I can see the GP about this but will have to wait a week, so any experiences would be appreciated.


Liz xx

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   Posted 10/19/2011 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm on Lansoprazole and am certainly more tolerant of that than Omeprazole. Some symptoms do pass after time, but there's always an element of trade off of symptom control for side effects, whatever you take. I had a lot of dizziness and cold extremities, which I blamed Omeprazaole for. However, I later found out I was anaemic and these symptoms seem more related to that than the drugs, so be careful not to fall I to the same trap!

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   Posted 10/20/2011 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, thanks for the reply.

Yes, anaemia was a big problem for me a year ago, so I now have regular bloods done to monitor that, so at least I know that's not an issue. But yes, I am willing to trade symptoms if these will calm down a little. I am so pleased my throat problems are slowly abating that I am willing to put up with some adverse effects. I reckon I will mention it to the GP though, just in case!

Liz x
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