duodenal ulcer

10 Sep: Treating acid reflux and ulcers: is Prilosec or Nexium the right choice for you?

Painful conditions of the esophagus and stomach are common in our society. Stress, obesity, poor diet, and smoking can all play a part. Whether you suffer from acid reflux or ulcers, controlling acid is probably part of your game plan for comfort and health. But there are two very similar acid-controlling drugs from the same parent company on the market: Prilosec and Nexium. How does a savvy healthcare consumer evaluate which one is right or them? The basics: Prilosec (omeprazole) was introduced in 1989. Nexium (esomeprazole) was released in 2001. These two drugs are very similar chemically — they are both proton pump inhibitors. This means inhibit the secretion of hydrochloric acid. Yet, they are subtly different: Nexium is often…