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Digestive Disorders

Nexium vs. Omeprazole

03/26/2007

Question:

I switched from Nexium to Omeprazole because of the huge difference in my cost in Medicare Plan D. Nexium advertising claims that it repairs one`s esophagus. I have Barrett esophagus resulting from long term acid reflux disease. Is Omeprazole essentially the same as Nexium, or does Nexium work differently or better, like repairing one`s esophagus?

Answer:

They are essentially the same. Everyone responds differently. Some prefer Prevacid. Some Nexium. Some Prilosec. All are great at healing the esophagus.

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Response by:

Annette  Kyprianou, MD Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University