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“Nexium Made My Life Miserable”

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Dylan, MTIf the increased number of complaints and recent research is anything to go by, the risks of the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drug Nexium far outweigh the benefits.

The chance of suffering Nexium side effects is even greater when used long-term. According to Dr. John Cooke, professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Houston Methodist Hospital, the recommended treatment time on Nexium should not exceed 12 weeks. Dr Cooke’s research showed that the use of PPI’s - a class of drugs in which Nexium is a member - caused a constriction in blood vessels and blood flow by suppressing the production of a chemical messenger, which relaxes the blood vessels and protects the artery walls. Scott, age 56, has been on Nexium for several years.

“Life is a bear when you have been on Nexium for this long,” Scott says. “I have so many problems associated with Nexium, from headaches to bowel issues, and I have lost so much weight, it is wiping me out.”

So why doesn’t Scott stop taking the drug? The answer is complicated. “It started about ten years ago,” Scott explains. “I had a constant problem with acid reflux and my doctor suggested I try Nexium. Then I started having digestive problems, diarrhea cramps and tremendous headaches, none of which I experienced before taking the med. But I had a choice: keep taking Nexium or have a nasogastric (NG) tube from my nose into my stomach and surgical procedures.

“I have had to go the tube route about five times. It has incurred unbelievable medical bills as well. And there are problems associated with the NG tube, including pneumonia and internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening, so I can’t win either way. My doctor agrees that I stay on Nexium but I’ve lowered the dosage.

“Now my main problem is Nexium fractures: my bones are deteriorating so fast and I have been diagnosed with degenerative arthritis. I was always active but now I can barely walk without an effort. My doctor is afraid to say anything negative about Nexium, likely because he is afraid of a medical malpractice lawsuit. But I don’t blame him. I blame the drug manufacturer and their “failure to warn” of adverse events such as Nexium hip fractures, and now I find out about Nexium heart problems. I think that Nexium is one of those drugs that was fast-tracked by the 501k process and never properly approved by the FDA.

“I haven’t been able to work because I am permanently disabled; I am a liability to hire because my bones have broken down and Nexium has been the main contributor. And I am terrified of falling. Needless to say, my life has become miserable and I just want some good years back.”

In his recent report, Dr. Cooke recommended that Nexium users should discuss the risks with their physicians, and consider switching to taking non-PPI medications. He is calling for large-scale studies, adding that the risks shown in his study were based on a joint Canadian-British study in 2011 that found the same risk of heart disease and heart attacks in connection with taking PPI drugs.

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I too, took Nexium for several years while serving on active in the Marines. It is very disturbing to hear that yet, another highly recommended prescription is causing medical problems that are in many cases worse than the initial problems that the drugs intended to remedy. I am very suspicious of all prescription medications as a result of this type of information, and I wonder if my medical problems have worsened due to this medication. Natural and holistic approaches should be explored whenever possible.

Semper Fi

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