July 27, 2016
Do your ears feel like they’re under water, or plugged? Often related to allergies or upper respiratory infection, eustachian tube dysfunction is a common cause of congested ears and brings many of you to the doctor. While you are waiting to get an appointment, there are some good non-prescription options you can start off with.
So what’s happening, why and what can you do about it?
Why do my ears feel like I’m under water?
The eustachian tube runs from the middle ear, the air filled chamber, to the back of your nose. See More
December 09, 2015
Many of you have holiday parties and family get-togethers before the end of the year—which means plenty of delicious food and desserts that can tempt even the most health-conscious.
Unfortunately, eating different foods (or more than usual) may not always agree with your stomach. Upset stomach, indigestion, and heartburn are all common issues—especially around this time of year.
To feel your best this holiday season, know what can help or hurt when it comes to heartburn and indigestion. See More
May 12, 2015
Nexium (esomeprazole) certainly wins when it comes to marketing. While it is still available by prescription as Nexium 40 mg daily, there is now a generic esomeprazole and an over the counter form (Nexium 24HR) which is 22.3 mg. Yet somehow, Nexium is still the fourth best selling brand name prescription drug in the United States. Why is that? Well, purple does well with audiences which is why drug companies market their drugs in purple packaging . See More
February 02, 2015
Nexium (esomeprazole) is indicated for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—better known as acid reflux or heartburn. The approval of generic esomeprazole comes following the arrival of over-the-counter Nexium 24HR last year, and could mean even lower prices and more flexibility when it comes to treating GERD.
What is GERD exactly?
Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the acid in your stomach comes back up through your esophagus and irritates its lining. See More
July 24, 2014
With almost identical active ingredient names, these medications can be easy to confuse—but esomeprazole strontium is not a generic equivalent to Nexium. Although both treat GERD (heartburn), they are available in different strengths and have different advantages.
What is GERD?
GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is more commonly known as heartburn. Heartburn is a form of indigestion in which your stomach acid comes back up into the esophagus. See More
June 05, 2014
Since May 2014, several manufacturers that produce generic Protonix (pantoprazole) have issued a backorder notice on their supplies of both the 20 mg and 40 mg tablets.
Which manufacturers have been affected?
Actavis, Aurobindo, Mylan, Teva, Torrent, and Wockhardt
What is the reason for the backorder?
At this time Actavis, Aurobindo, Mylan, Teva, and Torrent could not provide a reason for the shortage.
Wockhardt, however, has had an ban from the FDA on several of their products since mid-2013, including pantoprazole. See More
May 29, 2014
Nexium 24HR is now over the counter, joining the other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) available without a prescription. This class of medications work well for the treatment of heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and gastric ulcers. Nexium as a brand name drug made over 6 billion dollars in one year so does that mean that it’s better than the others? Um, no.
Several PPIs are available over the counter: Zegerid OTC (omeprazole with sodium bicarbonate), Prilosec OTC (omeprazole OTC) and Prevacid 24HR (lansoprazole 24HR) and now Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole). See More
May 27, 2014
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. See More
April 10, 2014
Recently, you may have noticed several medications available in the store aisles that used to require a prescription. A few drugs have made the jump from prescription-only to being sold over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription, with Nexium as the newest (and a very exciting) example.
The status change for Nexium 20 mg capsules was approved by the FDA on March 28th, 2014. Nexium is used mainly for the treatment of gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux or heartburn. See More
November 21, 2013
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) work well for the treatment of heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and gastric ulcers. Nexium, a brand name PPI not available as a generic, made over 6 billion dollars this past year with so many of you paying big money for it.
Why pay for Nexium? Proton pump inhibitors are available over the counter (Zegerid OTC, Prilosec OTC and Prevacid 24HR) as well as many prescription generic forms like pantoprazole (Protonix). See More