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So, I am currently on Nexium, but I'm paying insurance premiums out the @$$, and I don't want to pay those anymore.

What are my alternatives?

The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Prilosec. So can anyone please tell me what the pro's and con's are for each drug, so I can have some wisdom ready when I go talk to my doctor about this next week. Thanks.
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replied April 21st, 2007
I am in the UK & I take losec which I believe is the equivalent to Prilosec in US. I have never had a problem with these, I currently take 40mg & if having a bad day need to take 2 a day but this is very rare.
I find I can eat most things no compared to before I took them & keeps my acid reflux at bay.
I don't have any experience with Nexium, never heard of it, does it have a different name in the UK?
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replied May 9th, 2007
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Have been on Prevacid for the past 5 years. Seemed to stopped working around Nov of last year. Endoscopy revealed gastritis, not ulcers also H pylori.a round of antibiocs fixed this( pepcid and zantac during this period) afterwards was put on Proton. I have not found anything that has stopped this acid reflux, although now that I am taking Prevacid in the am and occasional zantac, up to twice a day, it seems to help. I am not about to pay the insurance premium for the Nexium. You could alwasy try the prevacid along with the zantac? If this does not work, go back to the Nexium. My gastro suggest the others way before he suggest Nexium. Says its a pharmaceutical rip off! Laughing
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replied May 16th, 2009
missing nexium
was on nexium for 3 years. ins. dropped any name brands of this type of drug. currently no generic for nexium, so i am high and dry. have tried many others, but no luck at all. nothing compares to the nexium. absolutely the best stuff you can get.
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replied August 13th, 2009
If I was you, I would seriously consider trying over the counter omeprazole (Prilosec). I personally believe Nexium is the most over-priced product physicians are ordering. Concerned Pharmacist
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replied August 17th, 2009
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I agree Nexium is the best, i ignored my reflux GERD for years and now i have a VCD Vocal Dysfunction,, take the Nexium, and have your doctor right the manufactur a letter, stating you need this, and would they sponser you for free.. good luck wanda
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replied September 18th, 2009
change your habits.
I've been taking it for 5 years and every time i wanted to stop, it was harder, but i took a 2 month trip and left my everyday routine behind and decided not to take it anymore, and it worked, now i just have to be careful with my eating, and my rhythm of life. by the way i still have a sealed bottle of 40mg Nexium i'd like to get rid of, its a 90 pills bottle that expires 8/17/2010, i'd take any offer of someone that really needs it. u can call me at: 720-300-7140.
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replied September 18th, 2009
none of them
I've been taking it for 5 years and every time i wanted to stop, it was harder, but i took a 2 month trip and left my everyday routine behind and decided not to take it anymore, and it worked, now i just have to be careful with my eating, and my rhythm of life. by the way i still have a sealed bottle of 40mg Nexium i'd like to get rid of, its a 90 pills bottle that expires 8/17/2010, i'd take any offer. u can call me at: 720-300-7140.
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replied October 31st, 2009
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Everyone is different
Hello everyone, we must always remember that everyones stomach contents are different. I have excess bile and acid in my stomach and with a condition all ready caused by reflux damage to the vocal cords,i have found the nexium is the best. So please seek the advice of an ENT or your family doctor before quitting. It can have serious, irreversible consequences thanks ww lifepreserver
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replied December 17th, 2009
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thanks girl and merry xmas
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replied January 1st, 2010
Nexium with Prilosec supplement
I have the same problem with the high cost of Nexium. Has anyone tried using it on alternate days and supplementing it with Prilosec?
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replied March 9th, 2012
Nexium every onther day
I cut down to every other day aoveer a year ago with no problems. I was on Prilosec but it did not work well and once they switched me to Nexium I rarely have any problems. It is the best stuff out there but too expensive. Losing my insurance now due to retirement and wondering if anyone has tried the Canadian generic version?
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replied March 9th, 2012
Nexium every onther day
I cut down to every other day aoveer a year ago with no problems. I was on Prilosec but it did not work well and once they switched me to Nexium I rarely have any problems. It is the best stuff out there but too expensive. Losing my insurance now due to retirement and wondering if anyone has tried the Canadian generic version?
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replied January 3rd, 2010
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Mixing Nexium and prilosec
No but glance i have cut back thumbsdwn on dosage of nexium and i woke up with my stomach contents in my mouth Confused flags Question . U need the nexium doctor and to get rid of triggers glance lifepreserver that you have, tomatoes looking kill me as well as alcohol looking , caffene looking , pop,juices looking , and pickles Mad is my new pest good luck and check with gosign your doctor before mixing thumbsdwn shrug meds tty later wanda Question
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replied January 7th, 2010
Question. My daughter is 18 and has had acid refulx for several years. She was on Prilosec off and on for two but is in a terrible issue now. Finally got the Nexium perscription...How long does it take to work? After only two days she still feels the stabbing in her belly
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replied January 7th, 2010
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Meliscan, she should see a gi and get an endoscope done and have a doctor check her blood levels for pancreatities. please don;t wait. The endoscope is easy and no prep to it. no alcohol or coffee or chocolate, restrict her diet, tomatos are bad as well. drink as much water as you can all day,and try and keep a food diary and when she is sick, what she was doing before she became sick. its important to do that as it shows history and can be an aid in diagnosing her. i hope you feel better.
As for nexium it helps right away. but if you are producing allot of reflux, it can only do so much, you need to find out why she is getting reflux it could be her sphinxtor at the bottom of her esophugus (sorry about the spelling )that may not be closing.. take care ww
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replied January 7th, 2010
thank you We did get into see her GI specialist today. After doing a thorough check he feels that she is not expelling all of her stool. She is completly backed up and therefore she is not able to digest her foods and thus causing her reflux to become acute(this also happened two years ago) so with her meds and now a "cleaning" hopefully some of this will release. It will take time. thank you for your quick answer!
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replied January 7th, 2010
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Excess reflux in young, needs to be assessed asap
He girl 4you so happy sunny to hear she is getting relief lifepreserver and treatment doctor .With someone so young there has to be a reason you know lifepreserver eek . She made need a colonoscopy flags , that prep is yucky thisjustin and u should eat doctor light meals, salads and soups Idea doctor , until they know what the blockage is Confused . I bet their fix her up 2thumbs and she will be better soon doctor gosign . I will say a little prayer for her tonight angel . God Bless her and u for being a proactive mommy. cheers wanda sunny
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replied January 11th, 2010
Nexium vs anything....
I have been on Nexium for years. Have gone through all the others. Tagamete, Prilosec, Zantac. Nothing works like the Nexium. But like everyone else here you have to pay. It just went for me. From my paying $75 for 3 month supply, to $42.50 for a 1 month. (insurance will not cover a 3 month anymore) So I tried Zantac for the last week. My stomach is killing me. I just came home with Prilosec and will try that for a few days. I will let you know how I make out.
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replied January 11th, 2010
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Plans that cut benefits to benefit ceos grrrrrrr
I too have been on Nexium Razz for years and we too have gone thru changes with the plans shrug , it ticks protest megafon me off we pay thanks sadhug so much for insurance plans and then they cancel Mad Confused my husbands heart med protest thumbsdwn , what planet do they live on Question , oh right glance gotta bonus megafon Twisted Evil the ceos thumbsdwn never mind those that are suffering Shocked scared flags !ww
Have you asked your doctor doctor to write a letter to the manufacture glance and see if you can get lifepreserver gosign supplied free on a compassionate angel wave shrug basis as nothing else works for you, good luck and let us know what works for you ww glance glance
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replied January 23rd, 2010
prilosec made my symptoms worse.
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replied January 28th, 2010
Re: Nexium with Prilosec supplement
nickRy wrote:
I have the same problem with the high cost of Nexium.

You can get cheap nexium , in for of generic, I recently ordered nexium 20mg from indian pharmacy and it's cost round about $13.9 for 30 Tabs
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