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   Posted 4/10/2013 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, although I have been a member on here for years I have not posted because my condition has stayed fairly stable with ups and downs. I have been on Omeprazole/Lanzoprazole for 11 years and have developed something and I wondered if it is a side effect of the tablets. I have been having problems with my eyes. Flashing lights, like cog wheels in my vision. Lasts about 20 minutes and then gradually subsides. Been diagnosed as eye migraine. I might be completely wrong but just wondered if anyone else has experienced anything like it. Let's face it we are all guinea pigs with this medication.

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   Posted 4/10/2013 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother has been diagnosed with eye migraines. She takes omeprazole once a day.
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   Posted 4/10/2013 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vanessa,
I was on omeprazole for probably 5 years, then was switched, Nexium, and Protonix, and have taken PPIs for probably 17 years, and haven't experienced that at all.  Sorry to hear you're having the problem. 
I can say that during that time I had one eye migrane episode that lasted a few minutes and disappeared, leaving me with a headache. That was the only time, though.  I don't think it had anything to do with the medication.  I wonder if another PPI would be worth a try.
Good luck figuring it out!
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   Posted 4/11/2013 2:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Couchtater, that's interesting. Mine has got really bad recently. I am getting it almost every day and going dizzy sometimes. How long has your mother been on omeprazole?

Dencha, I may ask the g.p. about changing tablets.

I will see if anyone else replies on here to see if there may be a link.

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