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OMEPRAZOLE HAIR LOSS

Yes, I am losing hair while taking OMEPRAZOLE. Started falling two weeks after I started to take. Also I have osteoporsis, and very bad in left hip. This med also increases bone fractures especially in hips and wrist. My doctor knows this so why prescribe this for. She had given another med a year ago for migraines and I lost half of my hair.It is finally getting a little thicker thanks to 70.00 shampoo and now she gives me another med that causes hair loss and I have ask her to make sure that it doesn't. The bone fracture issue is even worst.

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Oh dear hemenway. I would stop taking it and take OTC one. My brain won't let me access it...rantitide I think. I was on lanzaprozole for years but fortunately I got away with it. Haven't taken it for a couple of years just buy an OTC antacid when I need something. My hair has got thinner and I hoover more up but seems to be settling a bit. Hope your shampoo continues to work🌻

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I am doing okay. Going to stop the the omeprazole. Been eating differently,kind of like keto diet and drinking a two different teas at bedtime.Chamamile and some black tea my son-in-law bought. It has been helping with indigestion. They need to test drugs more before they throw them out there. The side effects are sometimes worst than the element. Good luck and God Bless. Again if you are on facebook look me up.

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Peppermint tea can be good for upset tummy too 🌻

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Ranitidine.

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Thank you. It's one that won't stick in my brain!!

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I have those words. Little wotsits that hold papers together by threading through punched hole; metal bits on both ends and length of string in the middle are called .........can NEVER remember.

And people’s names 🙄

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Now you have me thinking about them...string is usually green. I won't sleep now 🤣🤣🤣

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Sorry!

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Looked it up treasury tags!!!! 😴😴😴😴

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Ha! Well done. Knew it had something to do with pirates!!!!

Nanight Poop, sleep well x

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You too 🌻🌻🌻

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Ranitidine is brand Zantac, although available under other names now, like house brands.

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gave me bad headaches

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Did it?

Gives me diarrhoea if I take more than 75mg per day, but take it very infrequently now thanks to GR pred, and lower doses.

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Please tell me how you managed to get off lanzaprazol I have been trying and doctors only changed it to omeprazol. Which is no better. Did symptoms come back. I have been on lanzaprozol for 10years had enough especially being diagnosed with osteoporosis

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To get off any PPI you have to do it gradually or you will suffer rebound acid production which can be severe, worse than before taking it! As well as tapering it can help a lot to switch to ranitidine which works in a different way and once you have used that for some time you can usually then taper off it without the same rebound effect. Ranitidine is sold OTC as Zantac or as a generic (as far as I know at least) which will be cheaper, ask the pharmacist.

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Thank you

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I asked my pharmacist yesterday if I could just stop taking Omeprazole and she said yes. So I did .Will the sudden withdrawal be a problem? I have never had any stomach complaints.The practice nurse prescribed Ranatidine but I would much rather not take either .

When I had previously asked the doctor if I could stop them ,she was horrified and warned me of stomach ulcers.

Am I correct in thinking that some people in this group manage without either drugs and just take their Steroids with food? That would be my preferred choice.

Thank you PRMpro.

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You really do need to wean yourself off so you don’t get rebound stomach acid & the Ranitadine will help with that.

My husband took Omiprazole for 3months due a sore throat caused by reflux at night & they gave him to a lower dose to taper off & an antacid incase of problems.

So my advice would be to reduce them & add in the Ranitadine.

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Thank you for your kind advice MrsNails,I will take heed.

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It can be - I have explained it elsewhere. When you stop taking a PPI there can be excessive acid production - worse than normal. I can't believe a pharmacist told you it was OK to just stop a PPI you have been taking for a while. Taper the PPI dose - as you would with pred by lowering the dose every few days or using ranitidine on the days you are not taking the PPI - it isn't for ever, it is to make sure you don't suddenly develop a sore stomach. You can get off ranitidine much more easily than the PPIs. Those of us who use yogurt or take their pred with food may have been where you are at one time - but did what we're suggesting to get off the PPI before. They are all steps on the journey - but if you try to jump down several steps you may have problems,

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Thank you PMRpro.Its a pity I was prescribed it to begin with, I would have preferred not to take it.I asked the Doctor if I could stop it about a year ago .She strongly advised against it ,so we compromised on a reduction to 10mgs.

So to taper I suppose I will have to miss some days out because I only have the 10mgs and use the Ranitidine to fill the gaps.Do you think a week will be long enough to stop both?

I haven’t had any for two days and feel fine.(Well that’s put the Kiss of Death on that !)

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I think it will probably take a few weeks although slowly switching to ranitidine will get you off the PPI which is a good start anyway. Then you can work on the ranitidine and using other acid management techniques to see if they are enough. Just be patient because adding gastritis to your problems won't improve your quality of life!

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That’s very true,and I will.

Its just that I haven’t got any signs of stomach complaints so it’s really tempting to just stop but I will do as you advice ,thank you.

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Really, always better safe than sorry. You might be OK but you actually can't tell until up to a few days after stopping. It is a very good idea to try to NEVER let the cat out of the bag ...

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Yes it is.

I will slowly switch.

Thank you very much.

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I was silly at first I stopped it overnight. Realised wrong strategy. I started taking it every other day then every third day...stay for a bit....then fourth day etc. I did use ranitidine if I got rebound reflux. The main thing was I had already propped the head of my bed up by at least 2 inches with a couple of old books. I tried to identify which foods made it worse as I dropped. White bread, raw peppers and cucumber skin were the main culprits. White bread had gone anyway. I didn't eat too close to sleep. I have to take an antacid every couple of weeks having taken a ppi for 15yrs cos of taking aspirin. No aspirin no ppi. Also get gastric resistant pred if you can.

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Thank you. Will try

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Me have it very bad, hips are in bad shape.

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Osteoporosis you mean Hemenway?

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It may be pred causing your hair loss?

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I have had dreadful hair loss since being on Pred. Try Viviscal shampoo and conditioner. I know, I know. I keep on about it, but it is amazing.

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Are you on alendronic acid that caused my hair to fall out

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It could be the pred, it's quite common to lose some hair while taking it.My husband has been on omeprazole for over 10 years and has a full head of hair.It may affect others differently though.

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OMEPRAZOLE

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What is pred?

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Pred, an abbreviation for Prednisone (USA) or Prednisolone (UK) a lot of us tend to use it as a short hand.

Sorry we sometimes forget not everyone is aware of that.

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Prednisolone which most of us on here take for Polymyalgia rheumatica.

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Dear Hemenway

I’ have substituted Omeprezole for Bowel Build and it works very well - I never get heart burn I take one in the morning and three at night.

All the best Annie

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That is what is making my hair fall out, and it cause bone fractures and I have osteporaosis

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What is that.

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I am so glad that l have not taken the Omeprezole that my doctor prescribed for me,l am always very cautious and l take over the counter tablets for heartburn and take my pred.,with yoghurt or porridge.l have lost a lot of hair because of the pred and l am grateful to you Hemingway for telling us about your hair loss.l hope that you get some help from your GP about this,but as Sandradsn has said the pred does cause this to happen too.l also watch my diet and try to eat regularly and not miss any meals.ATB,Patricia x

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Prednisone started my hair loss about 2 months after being started initially on 60 mg. for GCA & PMR. Although, my Rheum wanted me to go down as fast as possible below 40 mg, until I was below 10 mg, it kept falling out. And what grew was like thin straw.

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Sometimes hair loss at that stage is also due to the vasculitis aspect of the GCA, affecting blood flow to the scalp and the hair follicles - hair loss due to illness like that often isn't noticed until a few months after the illness actually happened.

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It was from the Pred which causes male pattern baldness. I already was getting over a bout of alopecia areata with one circle on the same side as my affected temporal artery. And my markers stayed low until a flair when my Rheum thought I'd sleep better taking it once a day. So, back up to 20 mg/ day.

I started with gobs of hair falling out. I could hardly get out of the bathroom for cleaning up the falling hair. As it tried to grow back, little short hairs in the front would be falling into what I was doing. That was until my dose finally got low enough.

The other artery was negative, which I could have told him as my headaches and the bumps that could be felt along the affected artery were not on the other side. Taking out that unaffected artery sure put my hairline back. And he had a hard time taking out the unaffected artery.

My hair is filling in since sometime under 10mg/day. But, the compromise to my circulation to the front of the unaffected side had put my hairline back period even more than the affected side. The surgeon had a tough time taking the unaffected artery.

I was recently talking to a plastic surgeon, who specializes in reconstructive microsurgery for breast reconstruction. I told him, he should do these biopsies as he knows the facial vasculature better than the TCV (Thoracic Cardio Vascular) surgeons they send you to. TCV surgeons mostly do bypasses of the leg arteries. After my biopsy, I had to tape the eyebrow up on the unaffected side to keep my eyelid open for a day. Whatever nerve damage he did resolved. And on the unaffected side, I have a 1/2 inch depression an inch from the hairline smack in the middle but side of my forehead. On the affected side I developed an osteoma. I asked my internist, "What's this?" pointing to a bump on my hairline. He felt it and said, "That's your skull".

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