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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

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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Is there any over-the-counter acid reflux medicine stronger than Pepcid (famotidine) complete and prilose otc?

Is there any over-the-counter acid reflux medicine stronger than Pepcid (famotidine) complete and prilose otc?

Sure...: Pepcid (famotidine) is an H2 blocker. That class of drugs relative to acid suppression is exceeded by the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) class, of which Prilosec was the first. Many subsequent PPI's have been introduced with longer durations of action. Although we can't endorse particular products on HealthTap, ask your pharmacist to recommend another PPI. Better yet, see your gastroenterologist for the right Rx. ...Read more

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Is it okay to combine h2 blockers like Zantac (ranitidine) with proton pump inhibitors (ppi)?

Is it okay to combine h2 blockers like Zantac (ranitidine) with proton pump inhibitors (ppi)?

Sure, best at night: Some ppi's don't last all day, so acid production rises by evening. Such patients may benefit from either a second dose of ppi medication before dinner, a switch to a longer acting ppi, or the addition of h2 blocker medication at bedtime. ...Read more

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Which proton-pump inhibitor is best? Nexium, (esomeprazole) Prilosec, or Prevacid and why?

Which proton-pump inhibitor is best? Nexium, (esomeprazole) Prilosec, or Prevacid and why?

None!: The plethorta of side effects of these drugs has only become evident. Nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis, chronic kidney issues, and acelerated heart disease. They should be short term. H2 blockers are a preferred treatment! ...Read more

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Is pepcid (famotidine) safe for everyday use? Thinking of switching from prilosec to pepcid (famotidine)

Is pepcid (famotidine) safe for everyday use? Thinking of switching from prilosec to pepcid (famotidine)

Pepcid (famotidine) long term: short answer - yes but my concern is given you age - why are you requiring either a proton pump inhibitor (prilosec) or an H2 blocker (pepcid) on a regular basis?? Assuming you have a medical condition requiring acid suppression - long term use may be appropriate. However, if you are taking it without a clear diagnosis - you need to be seen and evaluated to determine what is wrong. ...Read more

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Will taking an OTC medicine such as Prilosec or zegerid interfere with prescription meds such as metformin?

Will taking an OTC medicine such as Prilosec or zegerid interfere with prescription meds such as metformin?

Maybe: Otc Prilosec et. Al. Will change the acidity of the stomach. Some rx meds need the acid to be absorbed. Take the Prilosec alone at bedtime. Take any and all other meds at least 2 hours before or the next morning. ...Read more

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Are the over-the-counter meds as effective as nexium (esomeprazole)?

Not quite: Over-the-counter medications work the same as Nexium (esomeprazole) for the most part if they are Prilosec or prevacid. The only difference is the dose is about one quarter of that a prescription medication so you will not get as much acid production. ...Read more

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Why do people prefer medicines such as Tums (calcium carbonate) and maalox over natural remedies for gas relief?

Why do people prefer medicines such as Tums (calcium carbonate) and maalox over natural remedies for gas relief?

Quick fix : Why do so many people prefer to take a pill than to make an actual change in their lifestyle? In part because 1) it seems easier, and 2) short term thinking is common. It places more responsibility outside of themselves, whereas making healthy choices requires taking responsibility for yourself. Sad but true: the promise of a quick fix is irresistible to people averse to change. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between PPI drugs like prilosec, nexium, (esomeprazole) prevacid, etc?

Is there any difference between PPI drugs like prilosec, nexium, (esomeprazole) prevacid, etc?

Not at all: No they are all, as you said PPI's and appear to provide similar relief. Some are more expensive than others and drug companies would like you to believe their PPI works better than the generic. It is my belief that in general, you should stick with generic medications. Do not fall for the marketing hype. ...Read more

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Can you take an over-the-counter proton pump inhibitor continuously for gerd?

Can you take an over-the-counter proton pump inhibitor continuously for gerd?

Same as prescription: You need to see your doc to figure out what you have, why you need to be on such a med, if other less potent meds will work as well, or if they are needed at all. In general, the lowest dose, of the least potent medicine, for the shortest period of time to do the job is a good approach. You can't figure that out without your doc. ...Read more

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What's better for babies prevacid (lansoprazole) solutabs or the suspension version?

What's better for babies prevacid (lansoprazole) solutabs or the suspension version?

As long as...: ...You can get the medicine into the person, dose is what matters, not the form of the medicine. Personally, i think the suspension is easier. ...Read more

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Do the ppi's such as Nexium (esomeprazole) and other prescription ppi's work to help laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Yes: If lpr is your problem, ppi (proton pump inhibitors) are the treatment. It is important to take ppi's as prescribed. Every day on an empty stomach 60 minutes before a meal. After a few weeks of regular use, if your problem hasn't resolved, speak to your physician. ...Read more

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What is the best otc, non-ppi antacid (i.E. Malox, mylanta, pepto bismol, tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, etc.)?

What is the best otc, non-ppi antacid (i.E. Malox, mylanta, pepto bismol, tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, etc.)?

Acid reduction...: Non-ppi acid reducers include the h2-blocker class (tagamet=cimetidine; zantac=ranitidine; pepcid=famotidine) as well as antacids (like maalox, mylanta, tums, (calcium carbonate) etc.). The former reduce production of acid while the latter neutralize stomach acid. There are pros ; cons to each, so its not a question of which is best but which is best for you. Can take antacids 1 ; 3 hours after meals ; at bedtime. ...Read more

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Pepcid (famotidine) AC vs. Prilosec for gerd? Any advantage to one or the other?

Pepcid (famotidine) AC vs. Prilosec for gerd?  Any advantage to one or the other?

Possibly.: Pepcid (famotidine) is better for short term effect, quick relief. Prilosec is better at suppressing acid production if taken daily for a week or longer. If you need to use acid medications frequently you should consult with your doctor, since you may be suppressing something that needs to be diagnosed and addressed properly. ...Read more