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Nov 15, 2009
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
The OTC meds
I am very interested in the OTC PPIs. I just looked at our pharmacy and they have OTC Prevacid already- $25 for 15 mg pills and includes three, 14 day doses. It's a month and a half!! Behind the counter prevacid is over $100!! Prilosec ALSO comes in 14 day trials.

but this is where i am confused. why is it that they tell you to only be on the med for 14 days then be off it after that??? The pharmacy was sooo busy yesterday so i will ask when i go back this week but i was wondering if any of you might know off hand.
Nov 15, 2009
Would love to know too. If you find out from the pharmacy let us know.
Nov 15, 2009
I read that too on the prilosec box. I am going to go look to see if prevacid will be at our pharmacy tomorrow. Hoping it will be. Let us know if you find anything out...interested in what that's all about.
Nov 16, 2009
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
This is a guess based on nothing but my opinion! I bet it's bc they don't want a person on it for long without consulting a dr. One example would be bc sometimes when people are having heart problems they think it's acid reflux (my mom did).

Now there is no explanation about the price difference!

Nov 16, 2009
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
No worries. It is the exact same med. Most all OTC's have the "If your symptoms continue for more than 2 weeks call our doctor" Or "do not take more than 2 weeks." It is because the drug companies and docs don't want you to self medicate for long periods of time and "miss" something more serious that may be going on. Case in point, I had a good friend, mid 30's who had heartburn for years. Self medicated with what ever was available OTC. Never told his doc. When he finally did a year ago, it was too late. He had stage 4 esophogeal cancer. Had his doctor known he would have been scoped, watched and put on a strong PPI. He died in July. All of your children are already in the care of a doctor. they have been diagosed with GER or GERD, have been approved for longer term use of the PPI and are monitored for changes in symptoms. The formulation of the OTC is not different than the behind the counter.

As for the cost... Most drugs, when they first come out, are very expensive. It has to do with the patent laws and "paying it forward" for research in other drugs in the pipeline. (plus insurnace companies tier the drugs and cover different amounts for different tiers) Once the patents expire the generics can become available. (Generic Prevacid becomes available this month behind the counter) Prevacid still holds the patent for OTC Prevacid for 2 years I believe which is when you will see the generic become available OTC.

Ok, more info than you probably wanted but there ya are in a nuttshell. (Three pharmacists and 4 nurses in my immediate family thus I am a bit of a drug geek... ) - Karen

Nov 17, 2009
Ginger Bennett
Mom to Stanton, 6/12/2008
dx with GERD at 7 weeks. dx with EE at 21 months
Past Life - Early Intervention Specialist and Eval Team Member
Thanks Karen! That's what I wanted to know
Check with your
doctor first!