Besides the typical Prilosec side effects, like vomiting and acid regurgitation, there’s some especially nasty ways you might experience Prilosec side effects long term. Just check out the list below, and see if you really want to take the risk of making Prilosec your life-long heartburn drug.
- Gynecomastia: In case you’re unfamiliar with this rather feminine-sounding term, just know that it’s the last thing you want to experience. Prilosec actually has a tendency of making guys grow boobs. ‘Nuff said.
- Tinnitus: If you’re a little sensitive in the ears, Prilosec might not be for you. Eventually, you might get a ringing in your ears that you just can’t stop.
- Difficulty sleeping: As if your heartburn wasn’t already giving you enough sleep difficulties, Prilosec can actually give you nightmares. And it’s not just from the sticker shock.
- Weight gain: Close in running to getting man-boobs, or “moobs,” as you might call them, weight gain is also high on the list of possible Prilosec side effects long term. Let’s just hope your heartburn has curbed your appetite enough that you won’t gain too much weight.
- Anorexia: This is pretty uncommon in most guys, but you never know what might happen when you’re on a colorful little pill. Just ask Neo.
- Inflammation in all the wrong places: Your pancreas and stomach are at risk of getting inflamed when you take Prilosec long term. This is surely not going to help your heartburn one bit.
- Anaphylactic shock: This big mouthful basically equates to an allergic reaction. If not treated almost immediately, death is potentially on its way. Don’t mess around with this one. If you feel really weird, call a doc.
- Chest pains: It might be hard to differentiate chest pains from Prilosec when heartburn keeps getting in the way. But nonetheless, it’s still a possibility when you’re taking this drug.
- High blood pressure: If you already have high blood pressure, your doctor might discourage you from taking Prilosec. But if you don’t have it, you might be safe in this area. But if you experience palpitations or a quick heartbeat, see a doctor immediately.
- Muscle cramps: This one might seem unlikely, but cramps, muscle weakness and Myalgia are all a potential problem with Prilosec. If you don’t feel like you can lift a gallon of milk without hanging onto something, it might be time to skip the heartburn pill.
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