Esomeprazole is a remedy for acid reflux and heartburn, working to ease symptoms like coughs, hiccoughs, and that annoying burning sensation in your chest. …read moreSee less
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Can I take esomeprazole and omeprazole together?
Esomeprazole and omeprazole are both acid suppressant agents, which means that they work in the same way.
This means that they may not be safe for you to take together.
If you’re taking one of these medications and don’t think your medication is treating your acid reflux effectively enough, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Can I take esomeprazole and ranitidine together?
Esomeprazole and ranitidine are also both acid suppressant agents which means, like esomeprazole and omeprazole, they may not be suitable for you to take together.
If you think you need to take a second medication to manage your heartburn, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
What is the difference between omeprazole and esomeprazole?
Omeprazole and esomeprazole are two different medications that have a lot in common.
They’re both used to treat heartburn and acid reflux, are taken in the same way and are both equally effective treatments when taken at 20mg doses.
However, omeprazole can be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding, where esomeprazole can’t.
Another big difference between the two is the cost, with omeprazole usually being much cheaper than esomeprazole, making it perfect for the savvy shopper.
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. It occurs when acid produced by the stomach travels up towards the throat and causes a burning sensation in the middle of your chest.
You may also experience a cough, hiccups, bad breath and nausea when suffering from acid reflux.
Although acid reflux is not a serious condition it may be a symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), a long-term form of acid reflux.
If you often experience heartburn and acid reflux it is recommended that you seek advice from your doctor, as they will be able to prescribe a medicine known as a proton pump inhibitor (usually either omeprazole or lansoprazole) which can help to reduce the amount of stomach acid that is produced by your stomach.
Why do I have heartburn?
There are a few different causes of heartburn, which is one of the reasons why it’s such a common problem.
Sometimes, it’s hard to pinpoint a cause, heartburn just happens whether you like it or not, but some of the most common causes you can look out for include:
- Certain foods – coffee, alcohol, greasy foods, fatty foods, and spicy foods are all common culprits
- Stress or anxiety
- Being overweight
- Side effects from medication
- A hiatus hernia