Re: Differing Opinions - Help Please
The proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole, nexium, prevacid, protonix, aciphex...) all work in the same way, but people may react differently or one works better for them. If Pepcid is working best, I would consider switching to 2 of those a day instead of the omeprazole. I dont think i would take both twice a day. To me it seems to be way to much medication. Instead i would supplement with Gaviscon tablets; chew them very thoroughly before swallowing. Most people have good success with them. Check with your doctor.
Pepcid is a H2 blocker (like tagement, zantac), it shuts off one of the valve branches that produce acid. Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor, it shuts off the main valve that produce acid. You can think of it like this, H2 blockers will shut off the cold water line, but the hot water line can still flow. Proton pump inhibitors turn off the main water line so no water can flow.
Yet, I too thought I felt better on Pepcid. I think where Pepcid shuts off the acid is where my acid is coming from, thus it works faster and i get better relief. The gaviscon coats extremely well and also can provide immediate relief.
Last edited by Beeb; 07-08-2009 at 08:21 AM.