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Old 08-13-2006, 10:29 AM   #16
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Re: What meds are closest to Nexium? My insurance is dropping nexium.

prevacid works good i've used both.Pepcid ac in a pinch.Baking soda and water in a worse pinch

 
Old 08-15-2006, 12:54 PM   #17
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Re: What meds are closest to Nexium? My insurance is dropping nexium.

I just started OTC and actually I feel worst than without taking any PPI. I was on Nexium and it suddenly stopped working or so I thought. Increased belching, chest pains, PVCs. Stopped taking Nexium I actually felt better. I guess I wasn't meant to take PPIs.

 
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Re: What meds are closest to Nexium? My insurance is dropping nexium.

Prilosec OTC relieves my heartburn, but the side effects are so awful that I stopped taking it. Now, Pepcid AC isn't strong enough.

 
Old 08-21-2006, 09:53 AM   #19
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Re: What meds are closest to Nexium? My insurance is dropping nexium.

Am I correct that there is a difference between Prilosec and Nexium in that the latter has the added ingredient to aid in the treatment/repair of damage to the esophagus; weheras the former only reduced the amount of acid produced? I also received the letter fro UHC stating the two drugs are "therapeutically equivalent" - but, if Nexium also fixes damage to the esophagus I question the equivalence they are referring to.. or perhaps I am a victim of marketing

 
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Re: What meds are closest to Nexium? My insurance is dropping nexium.

Rob,

Both Nexium and Prilosec are proton pump inhibitors-- reduces stomach acids -- only. Both were patented by the same company-- AstraZeneca a london based company.
Prolosec's patent expired in 2001 and Nexium patent started in 2001. It was done to capitalize on the big PPI market.
Neither have anything added to heal a damaged espphagus.
Nexium just cost more because it is a brand name product and not a generic.
For some people Nexium works better and for others Prilosec works better for acid refux. Both have side-effects that affect some people differently??

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Old 08-25-2006, 07:37 PM   #21
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Re: What meds are closest to Nexium? My insurance is dropping nexium.

Yes my insurance told me I needed to try a generic or something else. They wouldn't let me get Protonix, Nexium, etc. anymore but now that time has passed they are letting me have some more. I think they allow you 3 before they cut off your supply again and request doctor authorization that you need it and have tried everything else known to man first. Well I stopped taking the Nexium ages ago because I figured that it wouldn't be good on my stomach to take it "long term" and indeed I was fine if I watched my diet and such for a long time. Last summer I had a flare up and started taking Protonix and they stopped paying for it so my doctor put me on the generic Omperozole 20mg (I always take 40mg of whatever) and lately my flare up got so bad that I have missed work. I tried Protonix and that didn't seem to work well so I went back to Nexium now and I just have that feeling after 3 months when I go to pick up the prescription they will try to charge me full price. Prevacid gave me uncontrollable dirreaha and Prilocec OTC did absoultely NOTHING for me! I think the insurance companies have deals with certain drugs companies too. Surely they aren't concerned with my health of taking it long term since they are allowing me generic (so far) etc. Although I have more medical bills if they pulll things like this. We pay so much for insurance and then they treat us like this! I don't like the idea of using it long term but I want the option of using it and having some help pay for it. It still cost me $40 for a 30 day supply of 40mg! My brother's insurance he gets about 3 months for $60 which is better.

 
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