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Not taking prescribed medication due to fear of side effects

yix

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Does anyone else do this? I've been prescribed esomeprazole for GERD. And the side effects are so scary, like, it says in the instructions that polyps in the stomach are a common side effect. Also lupus apparently..

So now I don't want to take it.
 

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I've always taken the psychiatric medications that my psychiatrists have prescribed me over the years because I've always felt that the potential benefits outweighed the potential risks for me due to possibly serious side effects.

But that's just me.
 
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Does anyone else do this? I've been prescribed esomeprazole for GERD. And the side effects are so scary, like, it says in the instructions that polyps in the stomach are a common side effect. Also lupus apparently..

So now I don't want to take it.
Ive taken that particular med every day for years. Never had a problem
 
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Just because a medication comes with the risk of potential side effects doesn't necessarily mean that you'll actually get any side effects once you go on that medication.

It's different for everyone.
 

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Thank you everyone for responding, I appreciate it. I've decided to take the meds. I was being irrational
 

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Does anyone else do this? I've been prescribed esomeprazole for GERD. And the side effects are so scary, like, it says in the instructions that polyps in the stomach are a common side effect. Also lupus apparently..

So now I don't want to take it.
GERD can cause cancer of the esophagus. I have to take either zantac or zegrid. I probably have a hiatal hernia. When the pandemic is over I might look into surgery for it.
 

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GERD can cause cancer of the esophagus. I have to take either zantac or zegrid. I probably have a hiatal hernia. When the pandemic is over I might look into surgery for it.
GERD sucks, mine is hereditary I assume because everyone in my family has it. I'm hoping that the meds work, along with the diet changes my doctor recommended. And getting the anxiety levels down, which is easier said than done.
 

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GERD sucks, mine is hereditary I assume because everyone in my family has it. I'm hoping that the meds work, along with the diet changes my doctor recommended. And getting the anxiety levels down, which is easier said than done.
150mg zantac works on me no matter how anxious I am. The only time it didn't was after I ate a huge spicy Indian meal. No more Indian buffet for me. Now there aren't any because if the pandemic.
 

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Does anyone else do this? I've been prescribed esomeprazole for GERD. And the side effects are so scary, like, it says in the instructions that polyps in the stomach are a common side effect. Also lupus apparently..

So now I don't want to take it.
I took Omeprazole for 30 days several years ago. I had no negative side effects, and it did help. The reflux came back full force some time later. I was then put on Pantoprazole (Protonix) 40mg, and was on it for about 2 years. Again, no negative side effects. When I stopped taking it (per my doctor's recommendation) I experienced "rebound reflux", which is very common when stopping a PPI. Since then (2018) I've made an effort to be more mindful of what I eat/drink, and I've not had any issues since. If I get an episode of reflux I take Tums and I'm fine.
 

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I took Omeprazole for 30 days several years ago. I had no negative side effects, and it did help. The reflux came back full force some time later. I was then put on Pantoprazole (Protonix) 40mg, and was on it for about 2 years. Again, no negative side effects. When I stopped taking it (per my doctor's recommendation) I experienced "rebound reflux", which is very common when stopping a PPI. Since then (2018) I've made an effort to be more mindful of what I eat/drink, and I've not had any issues since. If I get an episode of reflux I take Tums and I'm fine.
Just curious ..when you had the rebound reflux how long did it last if you remember? I've been on omeprazole for 2 years now and wanna get off but when I miss one pill I'm eating acid
 
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