I have a history of GERD, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Hypertension, Fibromyalgia and mild obesity.
I have taken Zantac, Tagamet and Prilosec over the past 8 years. Most recently I was on Prilosec
again. I take Normodyne for Hypertension. We tried every catagory of drugs for Hypertension before
discovering this one works. Recently, my BP started up as if I were not taking any drug! I read up
on all the meds I was taking and discovered that elevated BP is a side effect of Prilosec. Have you had
other reports of this side effect. My BP has lowered since going off Prilosec. However, the GERD problem
has increased again. I am taking Tagamet and it is the generic form. This is not working as I have had 3 nights
now with no sleep because of the chest pain, burning and etc. associated with GERD. Is there another drug that
will work that will not elevate my BP and cause other worse problems. I also have had for a number of years the
pain under my right rib cage that I have read in several of your other cases on this site. Is this associated with
GERD? I was told my pain was from Fibromyalgia. I have never thought this was the case. They removed my gallbladder,
did all kinds of xrays and heart tests and found nothing that they think could cause the severe!!! pain I have under
the right rib cage. What should I do now?
Although elevated blood pressure is a reported complication of Prilosec, I must say, that I have not encountered this in my clinical practice. It must be a very rare side effect of the drug.In my opinion, you have several options. You can try high dose Tagamet or some other histamine receptor antagonist. You can try Prilosec with combination therapy for your hypertension or at a lower dose. You could try a drug called Propulsid (cisapride) but you need to be careful about drug interactions. If you have heart disease and abnormal heart rhythms this drug is probably not for you.Another option is to try a medicine similar to Prilosec called Prevacid. It can also have an effect on blood pressure but it may be worth a try. Finally, in patients who cannot tolerate medical therapy, who are symptomatic another option is surgical management (Nissen fundoplication). You may need to undergo further testing prior to surgery. I hope you find this information helpful.
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