20th May 2022
DO NOT TAKE- I started this drug just as the pandemic started and weighing days my reflux got worse and I got extreme anxiety and panic attacks which I had never experienced before. At the time I did not link the two as I thought the increase in symptoms was due to stress of the pandemic. About 4 months into taking omeprazole I started getting UTIâ€™s which I never had experienced before. I was getting 1 every 4-6 weeks and could not understand why. I also had constant bowel problems either diarrhoea or constipation, along with heart palpitations. A year into taking the drug and with worsening reflux symptoms the doctor double my dose to 40MG per day. Within 2 weeks or this I started experiencing bloating stomach symptoms. With the doctors telling me I had IBS or a dietary intolerance I continued to take this medication for a further 8 months! The UTIs and bloating proceeded to get worse, with constant stomach pains and bloating that never goes down, bloating that can only be described as like constant pregnant stomach. I even ended up having UTIs for over 3 weeks without being able to treat them. The bloating has ruined my self esteem and I live in fear of getting yet another UTI. After finding breakthrough reviews across the internet I started to wean myself of these tablets 4 months ago, eventually shopping taking them 2 months ago (end March). I am still experiencing all symptoms currently and am worried this is irreversible.
Please can anyone tell me how long it took for their side effects to ease, I am so worried I will never get back To normal.