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Old 11-30-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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80 mg omeprazole equal 40 mg Nexium?

I was at the pharmacist today picking up my prescription of 40 mg of Nexium. (which I pay $200/month). I chatted today as I was asking if I can take Claratin as well as Sudafed with the Nexium, he said yes. I asked about Afrin, he said not to take more than 3 days with the Nexium. (sinuses are hurting)

When he saw my monthly amount (my insurance doesn't cover brand name), he said that 4 Omeprazole, 2 in morning and 2 at night is the same as taking the Nexium...and much cheaper.

Thoughts?????

I left very excited, thinking maybe at night might feel a little better, and not pay so much? Costco has the Prilosec for very cheap.

I was taking 20 mg of Prilosec at night in the beginning of my symptoms, and not much relief. I don't go back to the specialist until late in December. I may just wait and ask him then, since I do have a prescription.

 
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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Re: 80 mg omeprazole equal 40 mg Nexium?

I would not think in those terms (80 mg of Omeprazole = 40 mg of Nexium). Each drug works differently. Nexium is a pretty new one. Apparently its working mechanism is different than the other PPIs. Omeprazole has been around for a while. With PPIs you need to try each for a month or two to find which is works for you.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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Re: 80 mg omeprazole equal 40 mg Nexium?

You have to take these drugs for a while...I've heard that If you switch to a different PPI, you have to allot for nearly the same amount of time for it to work as if you had just gone on it from taking nothing.

Oh, and by the way, don't ever take Afrin. It will close off your nose to where it's even worse than it was before. People get addicted to that stuff for years...Take Sudafed (with Pseudoephederine) if you must.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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Re: 80 mg omeprazole equal 40 mg Nexium?

You have to take these drugs for a while...I've heard that If you switch to a different PPI, you have to allot for nearly the same amount of time for it to work as if you had just gone on it from taking nothing.

Oh, and by the way, don't ever take Afrin. It will close off your nose to where it's even worse than it was before. People get addicted to that stuff for years...Take Sudafed (with Pseudoephederine) if you must.

 
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:50 PM   #5
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Re: 80 mg omeprazole equal 40 mg Nexium?

Hi,
It is true that 80mg of omeprazole equals 40mg of Nexium. I did the research. I can try and find the boards where I found all the information. I actually saw a thread where student chemists were discussing it and they couldn't believe how people are fooled that thinking they are equal in strength. I tried taking 40mg of Prilosec at the urging of my doctor to avoid paying for Nexium and had a period of 7 days where I had the worst rebound. I stayed with it and then leveled out but still didn't get the same relief as I do with Nexium. I also developed severe dizziness which went away when I stopped it.
I feel for you. I also pay $156 a month. It would be $200 but Astra Zeneca has a pubic coupon on their website and I also get a couple of dollars off using a AAA discount. Also, Walmart had the cheapest prices so that is where I get it. There is an Israeli pharmacy that sells the tablet form of Nexium cheaper (it comes directly from Astra Zeneca in Sweden) but for some reason that one was not as effective for me. I wish it was because it a lot cheaper. I do not know why the tablet form of that drug does not work for me but they assured me it was the same exact medication as the capsule.
I wish you the best of luck. It isn't easy paying for this medication.

 
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #6
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Re: 80 mg omeprazole equal 40 mg Nexium?

After I posted this I waited a few days and called back the pharmacy, talked to the same pharmacist. He again said yes, 40 mg Nexium is the same as 80 mg Omeprazole.

So, had a follow up GI appt Friday. This time a new doctor. I told him what the Pharmacist told me....he smiled, and said my Pharmacist is quite smart, and yes....that is correct!!! I am floored, yet not surprised. He said that the way they make up the medicine that it takes 20 mg of Omeprazole to equal 10 mg of Nexium. He said that I would be fine taking 1 Omeprazole in the morning 30-45 minutes before breakfast, and another 30-45 minutes before dinner. It stays in the system for 16 hours, so I would be fine through the night.

I still have some Nexium and Ranitidine, so going to finish those.

I still am trying to figure out diet. Going on a good routine right now with back to coffee drinking and alcohol here and there. I have some acid coming into my sinuses and a little stinging in my throat, but no major acid coming up right now. I think after the new year I need to wean off of coffee again. The doctor did say that for coffee it's not the acidity of the coffee, or the caffeine, but that there is an oil in the coffee. Had never heard that before.

Anyway, if this does indeed work for me at 2 pills a day....the rate from Costo is $.35/pill, and $.70/day....my Nexium costs me $7.00/day!

I thought I would share this, in case any of you want to run this by your doctor or Pharmacist. It is quite disappointing. I started with 2 doctors at my clinic, a doctor and a nurse at the GI clinic. When I was feeling so good I even called the nurse to ask how to wean off Nexium with a lower dose, she said there wasn't a lower dose....didn't even throw to me that I could go back to Prilosec.

 
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:24 AM   #7
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Re: 80 mg omeprazole equal 40 mg Nexium?

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I was at the pharmacist today picking up my prescription of 40 mg of Nexium. (which I pay $200/month). I chatted today as I was asking if I can take Claratin as well as Sudafed with the Nexium, he said yes. I asked about Afrin, he said not to take more than 3 days with the Nexium. (sinuses are hurting)

When he saw my monthly amount (my insurance doesn't cover brand name), he said that 4 Omeprazole, 2 in morning and 2 at night is the same as taking the Nexium...and much cheaper.

Thoughts?????

I left very excited, thinking maybe at night might feel a little better, and not pay so much? Costco has the Prilosec for very cheap.

I was taking 20 mg of Prilosec at night in the beginning of my symptoms, and not much relief. I don't go back to the specialist until late in December. I may just wait and ask him then, since I do have a prescription.
Hi there,

Nexium is a drug that has so many side effects and no they are NOT rare as it is normally said to be. The moment a person tries to tail off this drug it puts you back on gastritis with this acid rebound effect making people having to buy the drug for years if not their entire life. I was on Nexpro (same as Nexium just a different name) and I cannot tell enough about the difficulties it has caused in my life. I have now an irregular heart beat because of this drug that was given to me by a doctor without mentioning ANYTHING to the extent of side effects. Please do seek an alternative....don't take this drug. With so much difficulty I managed to come off of this drug and that was with the help of Ayurvedic treatment. I am following the same Ayurvedic route to get rid of the side effects this drug caused. This drug causes your bones to decay. It damages the nervous system. They don't tell that to people. If you search online, this is one of the most money making drugs in the world...amongst the top 10. It is a business, not a cure. Please look after yourself. You might be able to cure your gastritis using Ayurvedic treatment. That's what I did and my stomach is now better than what it used to be. I had IBS too and that is also now gone (though according to these pharmaceuticals and most doctors, IBS "cannot be cured")......no, they are wrong...both GERD and IBS can be cured but not with the drugs that have been manufactured to make money out of people's sicknesses. All the best to you.

 
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