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I was prescribed prilosec approximately 3 years ago for the symptoms of gerd. Since then, I've noticed a gradual deterioration in my health. The symptoms I've been having include, but are not limited to severe anxiety and irritability, major depression, feeling of fear and dread, visual/eye focus issues, extreme sensitivity to light, and a complete inability to relax, similar to ptsd symptoms. (Among others). I've searched the Internet and have gone through rigorous testing to figure out what could have brought all of this on as I have always had slight anxiety, but nothing compared to what I've gone through over the past 3 years. I could go on and on, but to make a long story short, I did a thorough check of all medications that I was taking (4). I further narrowed it down to prilosec, and began researching for myself.
After noticing that there are so many others that have the exact same side effects did I realize that prilosec must be the culprit, especially since that seems to be the exact amount of time that I have been going through what has been a complete nightmare. I immediately stopped taking prilosec cold turkey and went to my gp for a full blood count and had all vitamin levels checked. The results showed that I am now deficient in vitamins d and b12. I I have been off of prilosec for three weeks and taking supplements and have been feeling better, although not nearly 100% at this point.
Has anybody had similar adverse reactions to prilosec or ppi's and if so, how long did you take it and how long did it take for you to feel "back to normal"?
Any information on this would be greatly appreciated as I am astounded that this drug could be the cause of so much horror!
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