Anyone experience lower back pain with Prilosec?

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   Posted 6/22/2012 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
  I have noticed that I have had flare-ups of lower back pain at least twice while taking Prilosec-once in Dec and again recently after this endo and RX for 40 mg Prilosec.  Heat and advil (sparingly) seem to take care of it, but I wonder if they are linked or if it is a coincidence. I didn't notice it with Dexilant which I didn't continue due to cost. 
  Do you think I should ask GI about this during f/u?  I may be able to try Prevacid which I think is a milder form of Dexilant and see if this helps.  I have had lower back pain in the past w/o a ppi, but not more than once or twice a year at most. Has anyone noticed this?

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   Posted 6/22/2012 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
There is some evidence that PPIs reduce calcium absorption, so if you've been on a PPI for several years it might be worth enquiring about that. If the backache stops quickly on stopping the drug, then you may just be suffering a side effect that doesn't have any particular clinical significance. Ask your PCP/GP if you can have a short supply of an alternative drug to help establish if it is a side effect.

I would get the backache checked out with your doctor anyway - some simple routine blood tests would rule out kidney trouble etc quite easily.

Basically if you can reverse the symptom very quickly by missing a dose (not that I recommend that!), then it's more likely a drug side effect!

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