A new medical insurance company will not pay for nexium, but will pay for priolsec and I wonder if they are comparable for an 85 year old who suffers diabetes, has had 5 strokes, has high blood pressure, is paralyzed on the left side and has some dementia and takes a lot of other drugs, including digoxin.
I don't know of anyone whose insurance actually does pay for nexium, it must have gold in it or something. ( That was a joke) The are both proton pump inhibitors, which means that shut down most of the acid pumps in the stomach leaving enough to dissolve the food. This is how it was explained to me. A pharmacist told me that there is no additional medication in it to "Heal" the stomach like the advertisement says( nexium) but the less acid in the stomach lets the stomach and tract heal some on its own. He said his insurance wouldn't pay for it either, he just took prilosec otc. I think they are basically 2 medications that are very very similar, one is newer than the other( nexium) so the other has been on the market long enough that there are generics available( prilosec is omeperazole also) and it got approval to be marketed over the counter.
- Nexium Information for Consumers
- Nexium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nexium (detailed)
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