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Old 12-08-2007, 06:51 AM   #1
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GERD(nexium?)

the doctor has gave me medication for gerd.
he gave me nexium.

but my insurance is denying it,
its going to cost almost 200/month.

they say there is no generic.
but i looked online...and it says nexium has a generic called "Esomeprazole".

does anyone know on here take the generic?
or where i can get it because CVS says they have no generic.

and how much generic cost,if the insurance doesnt cover it..

 
Old 12-08-2007, 11:10 AM   #2
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Re: GERD(nexium?)

Hi,
Well, for my insurance I had to take the "steps". I first had to try Prilosec then Prevacid, then Protonix and then Nexium. For me, my doctor just gave me samples because it can get very expensive trying them and when you have to pay a co-pay each and every time you get a prescription that might not work for a few days it gets very expensive.
After all those meds those I have to say none of them helped much so right now I am on my second week of taking Carafate(my niece saw a specialist at Duke University)and they prescribed it. I have been having great success but always thinking that it might not work forever.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:31 AM   #3
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Re: GERD(nexium?)

Isn't Esomeprazol the generic for prilosec

 
Old 12-08-2007, 12:44 PM   #4
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Re: GERD(nexium?)

No, that is generic for nexium, not prilosec.

 
Old 12-08-2007, 06:42 PM   #5
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Re: GERD(nexium?)

My doctor said Prilosec OTC is basically the same as Nexium. It used to be a prescription drug, now you can get it OTC. If your insurance doesn't cover Nexium, go with Prilosec OTC.

 
Old 12-09-2007, 05:59 AM   #6
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Re: GERD(nexium?)

As I have said before, Prilosec OTC is not the same as Nexium. Unfortunately that is why there is over the counter medications(Prilosec) and ones that you need a prescription for(Nexium). Some people only may need to take an over the counter med and that is great but for those that need more they will require a prescription. Over the counter are not as powerful. As for your doctor he/she should give you samples and not have to suffer by telling you to take OTC meds.
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:45 PM   #7
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Re: GERD(nexium?)

Generic


Esomeprazole is the generic for Prilosec. Nexium is something else, though It's almost the same thing, according to many doctors and organizations that monitor such things.

When the patents on prilosec started running out, the manufacturer fiddled with the molecules (or something like that) and came up with another product that was almost indentical in its action but just different chemically enough to be eligible for new patent. In order to be able to market it in the US they had to show to the FTC that it was an improvement on the old stuff, so they did tests.

Now here's the devious part. In doing the tests, they somehow managed to set it up so they were comparing the new drug, Nexium, in a 40 mg dosage against Prilosec at 20mg. Since both products are almost identical in how they work, Nexium worked a tiny bit better - no suprise, since it was double strength! So no one really know if Nexium is really any better. Most people who have tried both feel that, in equal dosages, they are identical, although some will say Nexium works slightly better for a fairly small percentage of people. So it's not a case of one being stronger, or better, or anything. Just that when the manufacturer started marketing the new one they saw a chance to make even more money by, rather than just discontinuing the old one, selling it as an OTC, and the FDA caved in (oddly enough even blocking the sale of generic prilosec here).

So always try Prilosec first (which is now available as OTC though not a generic for about $1 a dose while Nexium is $6) and see if it does the job before trying Nexium. You will probably get equally good results.


BTW you can get dirt cheap generic prilosec and nexium, but you got to get if from aboad, so your insurance probably won't reimburse you at all. See my posts a couple weeks ago about generic and Indian nexium




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the doctor has gave me medication for gerd.
he gave me nexium.

but my insurance is denying it,
its going to cost almost 200/month.

they say there is no generic.
but i looked online...and it says nexium has a generic called "Esomeprazole".

does anyone know on here take the generic?
or where i can get it because CVS says they have no generic.

and how much generic cost,if the insurance doesnt cover it..

 
Old 12-10-2007, 07:33 AM   #8
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Re: GERD(nexium?)

The OP is (sort of) correct - ESOMEPRAZOLE is the "generic" CHEMICAL TERM for Nexium, not Prilosec.

OMEPRAZOLE is the chemical term for Prilosec.

And Prilosec OTC is not quite the same as Prilosec script.

There is no "generic" for Nexium. What was brought up is simply the CHEMICAL TERM for the drug. "Nexium" is the public marketing name. This is common for all drugs. The chemical name is not easy for anyone to remember, so they come up with a catchy call name. It's simply a "pet name" to cover for the more complex "official registered" name. Every drug with a marketing call name has a chemical name; this does NOT mean there is another brand ("generic") to use.

 
Old 12-10-2007, 08:22 AM   #9
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Re: GERD(nexium?)

Good points all, but for one; there is generic esomeprazole available on the world market but not in the USA. But the wonders of the internet can take care of that.

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There is no "generic" for Nexium. What was brought up is simply the CHEMICAL TERM for the drug.

 
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