I took Omeprazole (generic for Prilosec) for 12 years when I found that I was having some horrible side affects such as Urinary Tract Infections, Sinus Infections, bone pain, shortness of breath, nausea in the morning, etc. I slowly stopped taking the above and am now on Zantac #150 each morning an hour before my meal. I tried taking a second one since heartburn returns after 8 or 9 hours of taking the Zantac. I noticed some of the symptoms return that I had when taking the Omeprazole such as the shortness of breath. Is there a difference between the Zantac and the Omeprazole and what is the difference?
23 Jan 2013
Omeprazole-Prilosec stops the stomach from creating stomach acid. It can create a dry mouth and constipate. It dehydrated me so much in 3 days that i was in the ER with blown veins. Many people do quite well with it. I'm one of many people that prefer Zantac, It neutralizes the stomach acid. My doctor prefers to say that my body reacts better with zantac. Try taking a Zantac in the evening too, so you get relief in the evening. The rising stomach acid could cause you to be short of breath. What does your doctor say about this? Good luck
23 Jan 2013
very well said,Meyati! I was on omeprazol, but the prescription was too expensive. that's when I was told the OTC Zantac was better for me. Hopefully the advice you received will help you work out the problems you are having. I wish you luck in finding a resolution. Best wishes for better health.
23 Jan 2013
In my case, Zantac and other similar meds did not work. They did neutralize the stomach acid temporarily, but the acid would rebound with a vengeance a little later. The acid burned the lower part of my esophagus, creating scar tissue. The scar tissue built up until the passageway narrowed to the point that food could not pass through to the stomach. I had to have it surgically enlarged by breaking apart the scar tissue. This had to be done 3 times before my doctor put me on Omeprasole in the early 90's. I've had no known side effects from taking it in all these years. The cost of the prescription has not been a factor for me either since my insurance only charges $3.00 per generic prescription.
23 Jan 2013
Well, in my case the Zantac did me no good. I am taking Nexium, in fact 2 per day. I had the TIF procedure done almost 2 years ago and they declared me a healed person. But it did not last, as soon as I came off the drugs, soon they scoped me and I had reflux up to my throat. I would suggest a good gastro doctor. Reflux or GERD is nothing to play around with, you can end up with Barrett's esophagus and this can lead to cancer. Don't want to scare you, I get tested and have have the fortune so far of no indication of Barrett's or anything., but I am stuck with the Nexium. Be sure you seek good medical advice.
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