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michele chere

Severe Reflux

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Hi Karen,

I haven't actually bought Omeprazole that cheaply, but have bought it for much less than I was paying for Prilosec. However I did find it advertised online for about a nickel a pill. I tried to PM you, but there was no address given.

 

If I'm not allowed to send you that address, maybe you could pm me! Otherwise, you can also do a search for Omeprazole/price and get lots of hits and lots of prices.

When I bought my Omepraole at my store it was located right next to the Prilosec.

 

Please let me know if you find it. I am about to try to order the cheap stuff I found online because I am nearly out and I know that's cheaper than what I paid!

 

Mary in Texas

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Woops! Karen, I just went to that drug site and I told you wrong. The price of the Omeprazole, per pill, is actually about 17 cents. I'm sorry I told you wrong! This is still the cheapest I've found it.

 

Mary in Texas

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Hi Michele,

I have terrible GERD problems and I was diagnosed with Barrett's, very scary. Be sure to get checked by a GI doctor and have regular endoscopies to avoid that. I also take two Nexium daily and when my insurance company gave me trouble about it my doctor swooped in and fought like a tiger to get it covered. It isn't garden variety heartburn, he said, it's life threatening... so talk to the GI people and see if they can help. They often have ways of getting this stuff pushed through. All the postings on here gave terrific advice, I know that I can avoid a lot of problems by self-management. Just one spoonful of ice cream at 7pm can keep me up all night. Not worth it! Good luck, Mary in Philly


Diffuse sclero; diabetes; hypertension; GERD with Barrett's

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Wow! A big thanks to all of you for your advice and great suggestions. I've tried most of your recommendations except for the pepcid ac and gaviscon. I just purchased the gaviscon and will try it next. I've been going through intense itching/hives for a couple of months and am hesitant to start a new med until that settles a bit more. I'd give anything if the elevated head of the bed thing worked for me. Any incline, even if it's a 60 degree incline is not enough to keep the acid from coming up.I broke out in a bad rash with the omeprazole. I have discovered what foods I can and cannot tolerate, so that's good. I do not eat after lunch because I do so much better on an empty stomach (even though the gastro dr insisted I should eat 3 times a day. He said the food helps to dilute the acid some). I was actually going 24 hrs without food a few times thinking if no food was in there, then the acid wouldn't back up. WRONG! I'm so sorry so many of you have suffered this same thing, but I'm so grateful to all of you who have found what works for you and that you can pass your tips on to the people like me who are still floundering trying to find our solution. Your input has helped me ten times more than my gastro dr!Thank you, thank you,thank you!

One more question...I will see my rheumatologist on Tues to talk about starting Methotrexate. Will MTX affect my reflux? If it's gonna make things worse in that dept, I'm outta there!

You all are so great with your help and support. Thanks again!

Sending Happy thoughts to all

Michele Chere

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Michele,
I was on Methotrexate for 3 years and had not effect on my reflux. If any, it might have made the symptoms more tolerable. I hope you find some solutions for yours. Good luck with the MTX.

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Michele:

 

That's funny in that they took me off the Nexium and put me on the Pepcid AC for my intense hives/itching. It has some sort of antihistamine properties.


Tru

 

It is what it is...........

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The deal with the Nexium is economic - Nexium is a left handed molecule that was developed when Prilosec was coming off Patent and could become available as a generic and thus would be a lot cheaper and made by other drug companies. Nexium is still only made as a Brand name med, not OTC yet in any strength so it is still very expensive. Also it happens to work better for some people (me for instance). Some insurance companies require the doctor to specifically order it by name and will only allow you to get that specific drug-and not pay only for the generic and cheaper similar drug-after forcing you to try the other similar drugs that are cheaper. Economics not patient concerns rule this market as we with these lovely diseases find out over and over again. So you can eventually get the Nexium, but only after suffering with pills that don't work as well for you and wasting a lot of time being uncomfortable.


Smurfette

 

Chocolate, It isn't just for breakfast anymore!

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Thanks Mary, I got the link from you thru Shelley.

So this stuff works just the same as Prilosec? I will try it. Thanks again.

 

Karen

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You're welcome, Karen. Omeprazole doesn't just work like Prilosec; it is the same the as Prilosec. It's the generic version.

 

Mary in Texas

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Without a doubt, going to bed with an empty stomach is most important. It's best to stop eating at 6:00 PM for the most part. Also, alcohol, caffeine and chocolate as well as ice cream and other dairy are the worst culprits. Always eat tiny meals and take an antacid like the highest dose of Zantac right before bed. Taking your prescription acid reflux meds exactly as your doctor prescribes (such as, with or without food and at exactly the same dosage, not too much or too little) is very important. Take your morning dose as soon as you open your eyes, before coffee even. Another thing that's safe that I have found helpful is digestive enzymes. Good luck, it's so scary to wake up like that not to mention gross tasting!

Peace,

Karen

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