I'm not really new, but I'm not online that often. I have gerd and crohn's disease. They did scope a couple of years ago and my les doesn't close well. Originally I was on nexium, which helped, until my insurance company wouldn't cover it anymore. They switched me to prevacid solutabs, but found that once per day wasn't enough. I was taking it twice a day until the insurance decided not to cover that much. Then I discovered that if I cut one tablet in half and took it 2x/day it usually helped but not always. That's what I have been doing for awhile now. I am curious to know if anyone has found help with otc prilosec??? If so, is 20mg enough? Is it safe to take more? I had to move to another state and don't have a doctor at the moment. Are all these ppi's basically the same med? I see the names are a little different, but shouldn't one work as well as the next? I've been taking 20mg prilosec for a couple of days now, but it wasn't working well. Not sure if it's the change in meds, or if the chinese food I had was too spicy. My thinking was that if I've been on one ppi then a new one should work just as well, even though the package says it may take several days for relief. Anyone have any thoughts on this?