Generic ppi's?

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   Posted 2/8/2013 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hi ,does anyone find that all these generic ppi's do not have the same strength or suppress acid as well as the original ones? Ive been taking nexium again lately and ive noticed that my symtoms are not controlled as well,ie burning throat,hoarseness etc.Ive only just noticed that my pharmacy had changed to generic forms of the ppis obviously to save money. Thanks.Barry

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   Posted 2/8/2013 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Baza,

It all depends on the company producing the generics. Many recent PPI's are still on patent, which means that there is no alternative than the brand name. Others such as Protonix, for example, are available as a Generic. I like Teva Pharmaceuticals, since they produce many great Generics. However, some from India are not of the highest quality and you might wish to check different major pharmacies as to where they source them. Some new PPI's have discount cards which really help in making them more affordable.

Usually it's the insurance company that makes the decision on how much you pay, but I don't know anything about your insurance and/or financial situation.

One other factor to consider, is whether the PPI is not doing it's job, or the relfux is getting worse. On that subject you should defer to your MD before purchasing more PPI's in the case that it might be changed.

Hope this helps.


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   Posted 2/8/2013 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on prevacid for 4 years with no problems other than side effects from the drug,insurance said I had to switch to the generic version,I have noticed a little more reflux since the switch,so I think there is a difference.

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   Posted 2/8/2013 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,thanks for the replies,ive had two types of generic nexium,one from arrow generics which i currently on and my previous script was from Ranbaxy limited.I found a real difference in these two brands of the same tablet.Both of them are not as good as the original Nexium. Im in Northern Ireland here and prescriptions are just given to you from the pharmacist,you have no say in what you are given. Cost in obviously involved in this,but surely the drugs should contain the same ingredients or strength. Barry

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   Posted 2/8/2013 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Nexium does not have a generic yet
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   Posted 2/8/2013 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry,what am i taking then Lol?

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   Posted 2/8/2013 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Just looked at my nexium packaging and its made by arrow generics,the original nexium was by astrazeneca,the previous one i was on was made by Ranbaxy limited.Confused!

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   Posted 2/8/2013 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Baza,
Before my surgery, my PCP was pretty determined that I stay on the name brand, rather than generic Protonix.  He was concerned as you are.  However one time it was refilled accidentally as a generic, and it was just fine, so from then on I took the generic version.
I would suggest that you read over this document if you haven't already.  After taking PPIs for 15 years under the care of a PCP and a GI doc, nobody ever provided me with full information regarding how to take PPIs.  This article does talk about taking the PPI in the morning, but that's not the important thing.  Some benefit more from taking it before dinner, while others need to take it twice a day.  The important thing to take away from the information is HOW to take it.  See if it's helpful.  I found it an eye-opener.
Good luck!
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