Esomeprazole vs Omeprazole – Which one is BETTER?

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs. In fact, when looking at the top 15 most prescribed drugs in the UK, two PPIs made it to the top: omeprazole and lansoprazole. Although not as commonly prescribed as omeprazole, esomeprazole gained its popularity due to wide availability as over the counter medicine. Esomeprazole vs omeprazole is a review of both drugs. I will discuss various aspects concerning both medicines, such as legal classification, over the counter and prescription-only availability of both medicines and most importantly, their effectiveness. 

In summary, the following will be discussed: 

  • What are PPIs? 
  • Esomeprazole vs Omeprazole legal classification 
  • What is the difference between esomeprazole and omeprazole?
  • Esomeprazole vs omeprazole: effectiveness. Is one drug better than the other? 
  • Esomeprazole vs Omeprazole – side effects
  • Over the counter availability of esomeprazole and omeprazole
  • Prescription-only options for esomeprazole and omeprazole
  • What esomeprazole or omeprazole products can you buy? 
  • Conclusion.
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