Switching from Prilosec OTC to OTC Prevacid

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debaser
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   Posted 2/5/2010 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
It seems to me that this forum has sort of an anti-PPI slant, but I thought I'd try anyway.

Now that Prevacid is available over the counter, have any of you switched from Prilosec OTC? I did very well on Prevacid a few years ago, but then my insurance stopped covering it and have suffered with Prilosec OTC ever since. Now I'm without insurance all together, but I guess that's beside the point.

I know both medications work in a very similar way so it's probably unlikely, but I figure it's still worth asking if anyone experienced rebound reflux during their switch.

For my part I will start with the Prevacid tomorrow and will post my results after a few days.

stkitt
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   Posted 2/5/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning debaser,


I have always used Prilosec RX and it has worked well for me but each person is different and switching should not be a big issue as you have noted the two meds you are talking about are in the same category.



Until I started on Priolosec I suffered nasty heartburn daily along with some reflux. This med is working well for me and IMHO if it is working why rock the boat?



Take care and hope the change over works out well for you.



Kitt

debaser
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   Posted 2/5/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Kitt.

Well there's a wrinkle in this. opened the package to take the first dose and on closer inspection this is a 15mg dose of Prevacid. I used to take 30. The comparative studies all say the standard 20mg dose of Prilosec OTC is as effective as 30mg Prevacid, not 15.

I had a horrible weekend with reflux last weekend and the last thing I want is a repeat of that because the medicine I just started taking is half as strong. I'm not sure if these things are linear or not but I guess I'm about to find out. I have a hard time believing that the makers of Prevacid would put a significantly less effective (for most people) drug on the shelf right next to Prilosec OTC, but maybe they figure they can overcome that with heavy marketing.

kimber9807
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   Posted 2/5/2010 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking aciphex and it wasnt helping me at all I was still using tums and zantac with it now i bought some prevacid otc and it is working better no more heartburn.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.


debaser
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   Posted 2/5/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad it's working for you, Kimber. It worked for me for several years when nothing except Nexium would. First I was on Nexium, and they stopped covering that. Then I went to Prevacid and they stopped covering that, saying to take Prilosec because it would be just as good. Right. Well it was a lot cheaper for them.

kimber9807
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   Posted 2/6/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I know the feeling insurance dont want to cover anything, Hope you find something that works.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.


debaser
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   Posted 2/6/2010 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
So far so good on the Prevacid but it's only day two. I just ate some Taco Bell as a test, more or less. Let's see how that goes.

Yesterday morning was a bit weird but I think it was mostly in my head.

debaser
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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Day four, still good. After eating Taco Bell last night, I went out with my girl and even had a small amount to drink. There was some reflux, but not much and it wasn't painful.

I guess if I were going to have rebound during the switch I would have had it by now. The smaller dose doesn't seem to be a problem either. Stomach feels strong, like bull.
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