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A 44-year-old male asked:

My doctor has me taking two 20 mg nexium (esomeprazole) or prilosec a day. if i took the generic omeprazole 20mg would that be the same?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Timing is everything: The drugs have an unique action. They blow up the protein that runs acid secretion. The duration of effect is 1) how effective the drug, 2) how long til the stuff grows back and 3) sorta how long the drug is in the system BUT none of these stay around longer than the time it takes for the stuff to grow back. Prilosec=omepr is 1/2 strong as nexium (esomeprazole). Taking them spread out matters most.
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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Omeprazole: Yes. It is the same active ingredient.
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Last updated Dec 31, 2017

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