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Prilosec Vs Zegerid Otc
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.
Yes but: Otc acid reducers help reduce the discomfort of gerd. If you are not drastically better after 2 wks or your symptoms worsen during treatment, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. Some conditions will require long term use of acid reducers but you should be under medical supervision.See 1 more doctor answer
Could I be taking the wrong acid reflux medicine if I am still constantly burping and having chest pains? I have had acid reflux for over a year now and I have been taking zegerid OTC since I don't have health insurance. Recently I have been constantly bu
Have: Have you had an endoscopy to look at your esophagus? That sounds like very severe heartburn and you should be completely evaluated. I understand your insurance concerns, but please seek out a local clinic (there are free clinics that can often help you so ask for that). If the zegerid isn't working, then you could also add carafate (sucralfate) which works a different way (it coats the esophagus/stomach) which may help you. Also as you know, if you are overweight then losing weight will help, sleep with your head elevated, and don't smoke or drink which increases stomach acid. Please have a medical evaluation by a GI doctor as soon as you can.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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
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.
Prilosec: Yes, unless your doctor recommends otherwise.Get a more detailed answer ›
I take prilosec for heartburn. It seems to not be as effective lately. Is there anything stronger OTC?
Prilosec: The optimum dose is 40 mg (2 capsules) one hour before meal. So, double the dose.
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.
Is that true that Prilosec OTC drug worsen gastritis and overall Heath condition with bunch if side effects? Thanks a lot
Have acid reflux disease with Barrett's. My 30 mg x 2 daily lansprazole has stopped working. Can I switch to OTC Prilosec 40 mg x 2 daily and try it.
Reflux returned :/: Given your hx of Barrett's, you should schedule an appointment with your GI. S/he may need to look into why Lansoprazole stopped working. A scope may be indicated. Or s/he may increase your dose of Lansoprazole or add a second med. If Lansoprazole isn't working, it's not clear that Omeprazole would work. To avoid risk, however, the first step is to get in to your GI for an evaluation!