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Which medication is believed by experts to be more effective for heartburn and acid reflux: Prilosec OTC bid or protonix (pantoprazole) 40 mg bid?

Which medication is believed by experts to be more effective for heartburn and acid reflux: Prilosec OTC bid or protonix (pantoprazole) 40 mg bid?

Dose dependency: The class of drugs known as ppi's (proton pump inhibitors) has expanded considerably since Prilosec became available in 1989, & now includes: prilosec, prevacid, aciphex, protonix, zegerid, dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) nexium, as well as generic equivalents. All of these, with minor variation, block acid production at the proton-pump cellular level. Drug half-life & dose roughly determine duration & efficacy. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Lanier
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Otc Medication (Definition)

Otc- stands for over the counter and simply means that it is available without a prescription. Some otc medications are restricted to pharmacist only, meaning that you may only purchase from a pharmacist, in order to get proper counselling and ...Read more


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Is that true that Prilosec OTC drug worsen gastritis and overall Heath condition with bunch if side effects? Thanks a lot

Is that true that Prilosec OTC drug worsen gastritis and overall Heath condition with bunch if side effects? Thanks a lot

No: It's job it's to make gastritis go away. I know of no known chronic condition it will make worse. If you need it take it. No one should take something they don't need. ...Read more

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I've read that it says taking Prilosec OTC raises blood levels of the clonazepa drug making clonaz stronger. Should I just take less clonazepam?

I've read that it says taking Prilosec OTC raises blood levels of the clonazepa drug making clonaz stronger. Should I just take less clonazepam?

For this you need...: ...To talk to your prescribing doctor who really knows you best and can determine what dose of Clonazepam you need. Or, replace Prilosec with a different acid blocker that has less drug potentiating effect. ...Read more

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Why don't different brands of omeprazole work as well as Prilosec otc?

Why don't different brands of omeprazole work as well as Prilosec otc?

Absorption: Generic Omeprazole is the same medication as Prilosec otc. However, the formulation may result in different absorption so that the levels of medication in your bloodstream may be different. If the brand name works better for you, keep taking it. ...Read more

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Is it true that prilosec otc can cause osteoporosis after a few years of use?

Highly unlikely: It is very unlikely that any of the PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) like Prilosec can cause significant osteoporosis in a short time, if at all. There is some evidence that prolonged use can increase the risk of hip fractures, but this has not been substantiated in large studies. In any event, I would still recommend going out, just the three of us. ...Read more

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I'm taking 20mg pantoprazole for a long time and it is not working any longer. It was suggested I try two tablets of Prilosec OTC (40mg). I'm 120 lbs.

PPI: Both of these medications are considered proton pump inhibitors, PPI. They work by inhibiting the acid produced by the stomach and therefore decreasing the risk for developing ulcer. All of the medications are available over-the-counter at a usually lower dose. You may be able to get a prescription for a higher dose than may be cheaper. ...Read more

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Prilosec otc box says to use for 14 days, then not use again for 4 months. Repeat. Most people take it everyday though. Is the "box cycle" effective?

Prilosec otc box says to use for 14 days, then not use again for 4 months. Repeat. Most people take it everyday though. Is the "box cycle" effective?

It can be: It can be, for very mild symptoms. For more persistent symptoms of reflux, a 6-week course of everyday use often results in prolonged relief that can last for months or longer afterwards. Everyday use without end is reserved for severe cases that don't resolve with initial treatment. You're correct that most people do not use this medication correctly and don't get great results accordingly. ...Read more

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Will prilosec otc be just as effective if I start taking it every other day rather than everyday? Its somewhat expensive to buy and wanted to buy less

Not: Necessarily but if you follow under GERD precautions symptoms may improve. No smoking, small meals, upright during eating and at least one hour, avoid alcohol, maintain ideal weight ...Read more

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Is Nexium (esomeprazole) 24 hr OTC better than Prilosec otc?

Is Nexium (esomeprazole) 24 hr OTC better than Prilosec otc?

Marketing: Nexium (esomeprazole) and Prilosec are equivalent and have the same effect. The Nexium (esomeprazole) is a molecular modification which allows the pharm company to sell the drug as a new and more effective anti-acid. In fact the effect is the same and Prilosec (generic omeprazole) is far cheaper. Save your hard earned money. ...Read more

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I was on Prilosec OTC 3 months before. Can I repeat it after three months or should I change (like prevacid).

See your MD: If you are having recurrent symptoms of stomach acid or reflux, you may need a prescription medication or a consultation with a specilist for testing of your GI tract.
Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition, can occur form continued acid reflux. ...Read more

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Can u take Prilosec OTC with fluoxetine?

Can u take Prilosec OTC with fluoxetine?

Yes: Drugs. Com interaction checker showed no interactions btwn Prilosec OTC & Fluoxetine. ...Read more

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I'm out of my prescription omeperzole 40mg the pharmacist said I could take two 20mg Prilosec OTC at once? Would you go Along with this?

Generic: Omeprazole is just the generic name for Prilosec. If you have run out of your prescription it is very reasonable to substitute with Prilosec. And 40 mg omeprazole is equivalent to taking 2 of the 20 mg prilosec. ...Read more

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GERD symptoms. Taking Prilosec OTC/20mg every night at 8pm. 5 days passed & not working. Can I double up and take at morning & night for next 10 days?

See an MD: I think it is reasonable to treat run-of-the-mill heartburn with something like OTC Prilosec to see if it helps. When it does not, the problem needs to be discussed with a physician to gain assurance that it is heartburn and not something more serious. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Prilosec OTC while breastfeeding?

Probably safe: Prilosec otc is considered "probably safe" by the fda. ...Read more

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Is it harmful for a 4 year old to swallow 2 Prilosec OTC tablets?

Prilosec OD: The amount of Prilosec in 2 OTC tablets is 40 mg, a dose 3-4 times higher than a child of this age would be prescribed with this medicine if needed. Certainly this requires careful watching for watery bowel movements (diarrhea),
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gas, upset stomach, or throwing up
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unusual drowsiness, tiredness
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trouble having a bowel movement (constipation). U should call state poison ctr ...Read more

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Can I give my 8 year old daughter Zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec OTC?

Can I give my 8 year old daughter Zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec OTC?

Depends: These medications are used down into infancy. The choice to use will be based on her weight. I would start with Zantac (ranitidine) first if she is able to swallow pills. I usually start with 75 mg at night. If she is very petite you may consider visiting with your MD for a prescription of the liquid version for a more accurate dose. You may also try TUMS or Mylanta for some temporary relief as well. ...Read more

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I've taken prilosec otc for my frequent heartburn for over a year. Should I have my magnesium levels checked before I continue taking it?

I've taken prilosec otc for my frequent heartburn for over a year. Should I have my magnesium levels checked before I continue taking it?

Prilosec: I am not aware of prilosec causing magnesium or electrolyte deficiencies in the absence of vomiting or diarrhea, but your gastroenterologist or your pharmacist may have more information about this. Nevertheless if your heartburn is not effectively controlled, an evaluation by a gastroenterologist is advisable for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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A gastro put me on Prilosec OTC years ago. Told me I should always take it. What if my GERD resolved? Can I EVER get off it? How? Without rebound?

A gastro put me on Prilosec OTC years ago. Told me I should always take it. What if my GERD resolved? Can I EVER get off it? How? Without rebound?

Yes: You should be able to! Take a break from it and see how your symptoms do. This is presuming there was not another indication for taking it such as previous stomach bleed or on another medication which indicates that you should be on it. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and have tried Prilosec OTC and Zantac (ranitidine) 150 they don't seem to work. What med would you recomend that would work better.

I have acid reflux and have tried Prilosec OTC and Zantac (ranitidine) 150 they don't seem to work. What med would you recomend that would work better.

See below: At this point, you should see your doctor for further testing. You could have h. Pylori infection causing gastritis and treatment with antibiotics may relieve you symptoms if that is the cause. ...Read more

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Will Prilosec OTC help with my occasional heartburn/acid reflux?

Prilosec: Prilosec and similar medications tend to be better at preventing acid reflux than in treating it once it has already started. If you have only occasional heartburn, often the best treatment is good old-fashioned chewable antacids, such as Mylanta or Tums (calcium carbonate). If it is frequent, Prilosec might be helpful, but if it doesn't go away, you should see your doctor. Look up anti-reflux measures. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can Prilosec OTC treat erosive esophagitis? Or do I require the prescription version

Can Prilosec OTC treat erosive esophagitis? Or do I require the prescription version

Can double: Dose of OTC. Same strength. But I would see a gastroenterologist. They can prescribe correct dose. And have appropriate follow up visits ...Read more

Dr. Tri Huynh
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Omeprazole (Definition)

Omeprazole is the generic equivalent of prilosec, the first oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor ...Read more


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