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The Secret Digestive Side Effects of Metoprolol, Atenolol, Metformin, Statins, and PPIs

Dr Stephen Wangen
June 11, 2024

Many commonly prescribed medications such as metoprolol, atenolol, metformin, stains, and PPIs are well documented to have tremendous potential for causing digestive problems. But it never ceases to amaze me how few people are aware of this, and how often doctors underestimate the potential for these side effects to be happening to you.

In this video I’ll teach you about some of the most problematic meds when it comes to digestive symptoms, and how to know if any of the medications you are taking could be causing your IBS, any other digestive problems, or frankly any health problem that you might be having.  

I’ve been really looking forward to making this video, because I cannot emphasize enough the potential for medications to cause side-effects.

It blows my mind how many times patients have told me that the doctor who prescribed their medications either ignored them when they asked if the medication, they were on could be causing their symptoms, gave them the impression that it couldn’t possibly be causing their symptoms, or flat out told them that their symptoms weren’t caused by their medication.

The potential for side-effects from most medications is much higher and more common than you probably realize.  And this is such an important issue that you need to take charge and figure it out for yourself. So, I’m going to show you exactly how to do it.

Some of the most troublesome medications, when it comes to causing IBS and common digestive problems such as gas, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, and heartburn, in my experience include the following:

  • Metoprolol
  • Atenolol
  • Other Beta blockers
  • Metformin
  • Statin drugs
  • PPIs
  • Antibiotics

And those are just the most common ones that I’ve seen in my experience. There are plenty of others.

Here’s how to go about figuring it out. Normally you would just go online and do a quick search. But when you do that for the side effects of medicine, you usually get a very abbreviated list that doesn’t include the vast majority of possible side effects. Most search results aren’t actually the complete list.

Let’s look at an example of exactly what I mean:

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Now you not only know the truth about your meds, but you are armed with the information that you need to take to your doctor when you are concerned that your meds might be causing your IBS.

This doesn’t mean that your meds are always causing your IBS. We’ve also seen lots of patients taking these medications and discovered that their IBS was being caused by something else, not their medications. IBS is super complex, and rarely easy, which is why I encourage you to work with an IBS specialist, not just a gastroenterologist.

So, if you need help sorting it out, give us a call at the IBS Treatment Center, because that’s what we help people do, solve IBS. And we work with people all over the US and worldwide via telemedicine, so it’s accessible for nearly everyone.

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