Does Nexium cause itching?

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   Posted 8/30/2013 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My ENT recently prescribed me with high dose Nexium (40MG twice a day) in order to try and get my LPR under control.

I've been taking it for about two weeks now, but just about 4 days ago I have been having itching on my arms, legs, wrists, etc. at random times throughout the day. I don't have any hives or rash or anything but I do notice that the itching seems to come from one or two really small raised bumps, almost like small bug bites or something.

I'm just trying to figure out if some small bugs bit me as I was outside jogging a day or two before this started, or if this is some type of reaction to the Nexium. Trying to figure out if I should wait a few more days to see if it goes away or if I should be calling the doctor already.

Anybody else experience this with Nexium?

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   Posted 8/30/2013 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Like all medicines, Nexium can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. From what I know Nexium can cause skin rash, lumpy rash (hives) and itchy skin.
Please check with your Dr. if you feel Nexium is the culprit causing your issues.
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   Posted 8/31/2013 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Broken Throat,
It sounds like an allergic reaction to me.  By now I expect you've stopped the medication and called your doctor, but if not, please do.  It's very possible that there is another option that you won't have a sensitivity to.  It's not a problem I've had, but sounds suspiciously like allergy--and I've had lots of experience with that.
Have you tried any new lotions or soaps?  I had a time when I was applying a lot of Aveeno lotion (I was in the hospital and had lots of time on my hands).  I started getting itching and rash, and thought it might be a medication.  Lo and behold, I began to realized that the itching started after applying Aveeno. So it's worth thinking about any other things you might be using that could have been fine at first, but you many have developed a sensitivity to.
Good luck!
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   Posted 8/31/2013 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
All the PPIs give me very dry skin and itching, and make my eczema kick off big time. If I stop them it clears up in 3 days. A short drug holiday may tell you if it's drug related, but talk to your doctor first about this.

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