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I have been taking lansoprazole every day now for the past 3 years. It was first prescribed to me for extreamly bad heartburn, acid indigestion and reflux. From the first day i started to take lansoprazole it worked immedialtely and over all this time i have never had any problems with the original symptoms.
Over the years, i have however suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The past year or so this has been especially troublesome and i have been in excruciating pain with constant violent diarrhoea. Numerous trips to the hospital and examinations such as barium meal, gastroscopy etc revealed nothing. I was told i would just have to put up with it.
Then, by chance, i saw a new GP and he told me that Lansoprazole could cause intollerable stomach aches and diarrhoea so i stopped taking the tablet and from day 1 my 'apparent' IBS cleared up. So, this was obviously caused by the lansoprazole in the first place.
Problem is now, although my IBS is much better, I am in agony with the heartburn, reflux etc.. so i seem to be back at the begining again !
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