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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

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If it were me I would stop taking the prevacid and start taking prilosec OTC and see if that works. You may find switching to prilosec OTC improves your symptoms or you may find it works the same. Regardless, you get to save money.

From what i read, and speaking to my GI, they all have similar effectiveness. Although the PPIs are all very similar, some people may find that one works better than the others.

Nexium was developed because Prilosec's patent ran out. Nexium is the same formula as prilosec with an isomer removed allowing it to be patented again. Then they doubled the dose and claimed it was more effective, but that is not necessarily the case. Prevacid is going through that same process with their new drug.

One may get the feeling that the OTC choices are less effective then something you can only get from a prescription, but that is not the case. If Astra Zenica still had the patent on prilosec, you can bet they would still be advertising with the purple pill commercials.

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