Re: Prevacid vs. Prilosec OTC
Before I could have an endoscopy, I had to take Prilosec OTC. Insurance would not pay for the test unless I took something over-the-counter for two weeks. I found that it worked fairly well. Yet, I had to be really careful about what I ate. As far as side effects, I don't remember any particular side effect except some abdominal discomfort that went away with persistent use of the medication. I do remember that I had to also use Milanta at times (not often) while taking the Prilosec OTC. Unfortunately, it did not completely alleviate the pain.
Now, I am on Nexium. It has really helped alot. Of course, I still have to be careful about what I eat. However, it has been more of a trial and error in the eating department for me.
I am sorry that you are in the situation that you have to make such a choice.