The over-the-counter version of Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) is now available without a prescription! You can find Nexium 24HR in stores now, which may be great news if you’ve been paying for the expensive, brand-only heartburn med.
Only the 20 mg capsule has made the switch, so if you take a different dose or if you use the packets for oral suspension, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about whether you can use Nexium 24HR. All of the regular prescription strength versions of Nexium are still available.
Nexium 24HR is approved to treat frequent heartburn, so you should also discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you take Nexium for any of the other conditions the prescription version is approved to treat, like ulcers or GERD.
Nexium 24HR will be significantly less expensive than prescription Nexium, priced as low as $25 for three 14-day courses of treatment. Some types of insurance plans will also cover the cost of over-the-counter medications if you have a prescription from your doctor. If you have prescription insurance, you may also want to consider Nexium’s manufacturer savings card, which could reduce your cost for one month of prescription Nexium to $25.
What about generic prescription Nexium? At the moment, a generic version of prescription Nexium is uncertain. For the next 180 days, manufacturer Ranbaxy has the exclusive rights to launch a Nexium generic. However, Ranbaxy is currently limited from importing pharmaceutical ingredients into the US, and may not be able to make and launch a generic by that date. The slightly better news? Other manufacturers could still be able to apply for approval of their Nexium generics by the end of this year.