Nexium vs prilosec

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Areeland
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/13/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.
I am an end stage liver and hep C patient, with the complications of varacies bleeds, so I take an antacid daily. I started out on previcid, which did nothing, then went to nexium which helps much better, but now my insurance company has said they will no longer cover any antacid medication because there are equivelant medicines over the counter. So far I have heard prilosec doesn't work for the people that nexium worked for. I have extreme acid all the time. I waych my diet. No fried foods, hardly any red meat, don't tolerate it well anyway, and no spices, or acid producing foods. I am also down to two cups of hot tea per day where i used to drink it constantly. It helps my nausea that I have all the time, but...caffine...and I hate cold tea.
So my question would be, does anyone have any first hand experience with the two drugs?
For the people with the lactoluse issues, I have found the generic enulose, tastes much better. At least it is like taking a swig of maple syrup. It doesn't seem to make as nausiuos either as the lactulose does. Just my experience though.

hep93
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   Posted 6/13/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Areeland, I suggest you ask your doctor for something that might be equivalent to Nexium which your insurance will cover.  I recently had the same problem, though it wasn't with Nexium.  I've forgotten now what was prescribed, but insurance wouldn't cover it, so I was switched to Zantac.  I also take Tums on occasion.

Rick, regarding your knees, it's probably osteoarthritis.  The cartilage starts breaking down, causing the bones to rub together.  There are exercises to strengthen the ligaments which will protect your knees.  Do a Google search.  Are you taking a calcium supplement with vitamin D and magnesium?

hep93
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Areeland
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   Posted 6/14/2009 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply's,
I have found for me the Nexium worked fantastic, and the previcid did nothing at all.
 I have talked to my insurance company and they no longer will cover any brand antacid.
 they will do the exception on a yearly basis if your doctor will fill out the form,
 my doctor refuses to fill out the form, she feels it isn't her job and i can buy over the counter.
 
I read online that people who like Nexium didn't like Prilosec, so I will find out when I try it. Until them, I have a huge bottle of tums.
 

hep93
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   Posted 6/14/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
That's happening a lot lately with medications that are going OTC.  Insurance won't pay.  I have that problem with Miralax, which they no longer pay for.  So I use cascara sagrada (herbal) instead.

hep93
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gateway40
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   Posted 6/14/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
 I also suffer from edsl ,hepc, cirrhiosis ,astices, enceptatlopy, thining bones, muscsle mass wasting ,acid reflux, from this horrific disease. My insurance wont cover my  Prevacid so I pay full price (about 100.00) when it runs out. It seems to work the best for me the otc meds just are srong enough.  really have learned alot  from the website thanks to all who take the time to respond!!!

peace to all   follow the breath inside the breath


hep93
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   Posted 6/14/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Gateway, welcome to the forum.  I suggest you start a New Topic and introduce yourself (just click on New Topic instead of Reply.)  That way people are more likely to see your post.  We don't want you to get "lost in the cracks." 

For anyone who has a medical need for a medication and cannot pay for it, all the pharmaceutical companies have "indigent drug programs."  The doctor needs to write a letter with a prescription to the specific drug company...or call for forms...and state that you need the medication but can't afford it.  Vouchers will then be sent to the patient or the drug itself will be sent to the doctor's office for pick-up.  Check this out online:

http://www.top5plus5.com/Indigent%20Drug%20Programs.html


hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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