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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 7/30/2013 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Normally I suffer a typical symptoms. Upper throat. Normal heartburn hasn't been an issue for 6 months. However, I had to switch pharmacies and get my meds mailed to me and there was a delay. They sent them to the wrong address. So I have had to take the generic form of protonix. With in a few days I am now suffering very normal heartburn symptoms. Lower throat and trouble swallowing.
My brand name gets here today hopefully. To me, there is a BIG difference between brand name and generic.
about 6 months ago I was having very little luck and switched and my troubles nearly went away. Brand vs generic for Protonix. Try it yourself. I have to pay 25 dollars for brand name.

Ian Victor
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   Posted 7/31/2013 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Teacherman-- I agree. In my experience, the brand names have been much more effective in controling my heartburn. The generics do work, but as you have stated, they seem to come with more side-effects.

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   Posted 7/31/2013 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I also had the same experience with protonix.  I was put on IV protonix while I was in the hospital with my bleeding ulcers.  They gave me a prescription for it when I got out.  But after the first month , I had to renew my prescription and opted for the generic because at the time, the brand name cost $200 for a month which was terribly expensive.  I was very happy with the brand name but the generic version caused me all kinds of problems.  Heartburn, stomach aches.  So I started trying different PPI's.  I finally settled on Prevacid but it also has to be the brand name, not the generic.  I guess some of us are just more discriminating.  LOL!

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   Posted 7/31/2013 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My PCP was very adamant about the importance of using brand name Protonix, and was concerned that the generic wouldn't be as effective.
Glad you figured out what works.  Too bad about the's so much cheaper!
Take care, 
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