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Post Link Posted: Thu Jul 26 2007 10:24 am
Post subject: OK to cut 20mg Prilosec in half?
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OK here's the situation.

I'm currently unemployed with NO health insurance

Full time college student

Suffer form GERD

Since money is an issue..... I've been cutting the 20
mg Prilosec pills in half and taking in the AM.

Am I OK doing this..... or is it a false economy?

I already have bed at angle.... almost sleeping
standing up, change diet, etc





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Post Link Posted: Thu Jul 26 2007 11:05 am
Post subject: Re: OK to cut 20mg Prilosec in half?
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Normally I would say don't ask such a question on the internet, but ask your
doctor as this is always best. If you are a student, you may have a student
health service and may be able to ask a doctor for little or no cost. This
would of course be best.

But I know how it is to be a student, so following is some "budget"
information (keep in mind you get what you pay for). Seems to me from
reading the following, for "some" people, a lower dosage may work, but it
may not work for everyone. People are different.

www.drugs..../pro....le.html


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OK here's the situation.

I'm currently unemployed with NO health insurance

Full time college student

Suffer form GERD

Since money is an issue..... I've been cutting the 20
mg Prilosec pills in half and taking in the AM.

Am I OK doing this..... or is it a false economy?

I already have bed at angle.... almost sleeping
standing up, change diet, etc












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Post Link Posted: Thu Jul 26 2007 11:06 am
Post subject: Re: OK to cut 20mg Prilosec in half?
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On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 10:24:03 -0500, me wrote:


Quote:
OK here's the situation.

I'm currently unemployed with NO health insurance

Full time college student

Suffer form GERD

Since money is an issue..... I've been cutting the 20 mg Prilosec pills
in half and taking in the AM.

Am I OK doing this..... or is it a false economy?

I already have bed at angle.... almost sleeping standing up, change
diet, etc



Prilosec OTC (and all of the proton pump inhibitors) are easily destroyed
in a highly acidic environment like the stomach. That is why they all use
some form of delayed-release mechanism or buffer.

Prilosec OTC uses a coating on the tablet to achieve delayed release. By
breaking the tablets you are essentially creating an immediate release
formulation. Much of the drug will be rendered ineffective in the stomach
due to the exposure to a low pH environment (stomach acid). That is the
reason that the package states not to break the tablets.

Some of it may survive, but the resulting dose will be smaller than the
10mg you were expecting. How much smaller depends upon alot of factors,
including the pH of the stomach at the time it is taken, rate of the
tablets movement through the stomach, how much of the coating was
removed, etc.












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Post Link Posted: Thu Jul 26 2007 11:32 am
Post subject: Re: OK to cut 20mg Prilosec in half?
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"Bill" <bill190nospam@yahoo.com> wrote:


Quote:
But I know how it is to be a student, so following is some "budget"
information (keep in mind you get what you pay for). Seems to me from
reading the following, for "some" people, a lower dosage may work, but it
may not work for everyone. People are different.

www.drugs..../pro....le.html


Thanks!

yes being a student is fun..... but the pay isn't so
good!!












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Post Link Posted: Thu Jul 26 2007 11:34 am
Post subject: Re: OK to cut 20mg Prilosec in half?
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mopurist <none@net.net> wrote:


Quote:
Prilosec OTC uses a coating on the tablet to achieve delayed release. By
breaking the tablets you are essentially creating an immediate release
formulation. Much of the drug will be rendered ineffective in the stomach
due to the exposure to a low pH environment (stomach acid). That is the
reason that the package states not to break the tablets.


Thanks!!

I will cease to cut them in half and instead try to
find the best price I can such as thru Costco

Could be that at Costco I can get more 20 mg tabs for
my dollar

Anyway...do you agree on the strategy to quit cutting
in half and instead better price overall?












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Post Link Posted: Thu Jul 26 2007 11:57 am
Post subject: Re: OK to cut 20mg Prilosec in half?
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When looking for the best price on something, I search google.com with a
search for words like the following...

omeprazole 20mg price

-or-

omeprazole 20mg cart

Then this search gets mostly listings where the item is for sale and I can
see the prices.

But with a drug purchase, BEWARE of buying on the internet. I've heard all
sorts of horror stories, so personally I would not purchase a drug on the
internet unless it was from a well known U.S. business.

Also some drug companies have drug assistance programs for the needy.
Doctors have samples and coupons. Check with your student health service or
doctor for these.












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