PPIs and dreams / nightmares

I have had vivid dreams and/or nightmares using a PPI:
Never - 50.0%
Almost never - 0.0%
Sometimes - 0.0%
Fairly frequently - 50.0%
Very frequently - 0.0%

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   Posted 2/23/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone experienced vivid dreams and/or nightmares after starting a proton pump inhibitor?  I normally do not dream much, and when I do, they dreams are largely forgettable and mundane.
I used Axid in the early 1990s for chronic heartburn and had to stop after just 2 weeks because of violent nightmares.  I opted for other OTC and homeopathic heartburn control methods.
I just started using Protonix in Feb of 2007, and while I thankfully haven't had the violent nightmares, my dreams are very strange, extremely vivid, and sometimes very unsettling.  Protonix has worked very well so far - no heartburn at all tongue , so I am continuing my prescribed use and hope this side effect subsides.
I am confident this may be a side effect of PPIs in general - many people I have queried have noted a personal correlation between the frequency and intensity of their dreams to certain types of food they eat and how late they eat it. 
Anyone experiencing nervousness, anxiety, or fear, knows how those psychological issues can affect the stomach and digestive process - it seems to be a two-way street.
Any help out there confused ?

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   Posted 2/23/2007 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont know if I do or not I have been on meds for gerd for so long I dont remember.. Sorry I cant helps.. I know I am on nexium now and dream 6 out of 7 nights.
29 y/o Female Diagnosed with Crohn's October 2005 (symptoms for as long as I can remember) & Gerd 1996 Currently taking - Phenergan prn, Nexium 80mg, entocort 3mg tid, Nordette and a Multi-Vit.
"What doesn't kill us - sometimes drop kicks us into a new and better place - a place we mightn't have gotten to any other way." - Unknown

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   Posted 2/23/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Odd. I'm on prevacid but I can't tell if it's affecting my dreams. I've always had really weird dreams (few nightmares). Most of my dreams aren't "good" dreams...they're just bizarre.

Like last week when I dreamed I was hanging out with Prince. No kidding. He was new in town and wanted me to round up some girls to bring to a house party. In the dream he was showing me this film he'd made that was sort of interactive like a video game. It was awesome, too...kind of a cross between "The Last Picture Show", Asteroids (atari video game), and "Purple Rain". Well, it was difficult to explain but really beautiful.

Anyway, if I have nightmares I don't remember them.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 2/23/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if the time of day that a person would take Nexium would make a difference with your dreams?What do you think? Dee

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   Posted 2/25/2007 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
about a week ago, I started taking Protonix first thing in the morning, hoping that any dream effects would be minimized by bedtime. It's still too early to say conclusively, but that strategy seems to be minimizing my dream activity.

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