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Nexium vs. Prilosec

Are Nexium and Prilosec the Same Thing?

Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) and Prilosec (omeprazole) are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that block acid production in the stomach and are used to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Nexium and Prilosec are available as generics and over-the-counter (OTC).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Nexium?

Common side effects of Nexium include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Prilosec?

Common side effects of Prilosec include:

What is Nexium?

Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that blocks acid production in the stomach and is used to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

What is Prilosec?

Prilosec (omeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used for the treatment of conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which are all caused by stomach acid.

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What Drugs Interact With Nexium?

Drug interactions include Valium (diazepam), Nizoral (ketoconazole), Lanoxin (digoxin), Invirase (saquinavir), Viracept (nelfinavir), Reyataz (atazanavir), Plavix (clopidogrel), and Pletal (cilostazol). Nexium should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

What Drugs Interact With Prilosec?

Prilosec may interact with digoxin, diuretics (water pills), blood thinners, antifungal medications such as ketoconazole, antibiotics such as ampicillin, iron, or methotrexate, and HIV or AIDS medications such as atazanavir and nelfinavir.

Prilosec may also interact with bosentan, cilostazol, clopidogrel, cyclosporine, diazepam, disulfiram, St. John's wort, tacrolimus, or seizure medications.

How Should Nexium Be Taken?

Nexium dosage depends on the condition being treated.

How Should Prilosec Be Taken?

The recommended adult oral dose of Prilosec ranges from 20 mg to 60 mg once daily, depending on the condition being treated. For maximal efficacy, Prilosec tablets should be taken before meals, swallowed whole and should not be crushed, chewed or opened.

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References
SOURCE:
Pfizer. Nexium Product Information.
https://www.nexium24hr.com
Procter & Gamble. Priolsec Consumer Product Information.
https://www.prilosecotc.com/en-us

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