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I was prescribed Protonix (Pantoprazole) by my Dr because I was having extreme nausea (mostly in morning and would taper off by the late afternoon) and weird symptoms like trouble sleeping and body odor and oily skin. They insisted it was stomach acid from stress even though I said no this is not normal for me, I've had stomach acid from stress before. Did labs and it showed my ALT liver enzyme levels were elevated. So after 2 weeks of being on the protonix I contact my obgyn and she confirms it was from the new birth control pill I had started and it was called hormone induced cholestasis. I went back to my Primary Dr and told her and so we stopped my birth control but she insisted I keep taking the protonix and even added on pepcid to it because i was still having some nausea and had also had 2 days in a row waking up with extreme anxiety. The nausea was most likely from the hormone cholestasis. so after taking the protonix for about 3 1/2 weeks I all of a sudden was having EXTREME anxiety every single day. i would wake up at 4am, 5am, 6am every single day with my heart pounding, warm sensations in my arms and chest, shaking, dry heaves/throw up on some days. The warm sensations and shaking and heart pounding would last all day. I researched online and found a bunch of other people having this issue. I am on day 7 in a row of bad anxiety and I stopped taking the protonix 4 days ago as of today. Made a dr appt to discuss with my dr and his answer to me was to just take xanax 3 times a day for a week and see if I feel
better. The lack of care and empathy was mind blowing to me. So I saw a holistic dr yesterday and had acupuncture done to try and help detox it out and she also recommended certain veggies to eat and vitamins to take to help detox it out as well.
I am just extremely drained and exhausted physically and mentally going through this. I was only taking protonix for 3 1/2 weeks. Is there anyone out there with similar symptoms who were taking it short term like me that can give any advice? How long does this last?! And WHY is it still happening when I have stopped taking the medication?!
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