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    richlenn is offline New Member
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    any know anything about prilosec otc being recalled? It has been hard to find lately, with shelves, we were told by Target pharmacist it is being recalled.

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    Seems Prilosec OTC is simply OOS (out of stock). The news story below explains the situation:

    Heartburn headache: Where's the Prilosec?
    The Dallas Morning News

    DALLAS - (KRT) - The search for Prilosec OTC last week was enough to give Stella Polus a case of indigestion.

    The Lewisville, Texas, resident stopped by her local Kroger one day on the way to work. She found an empty shelf. "I thought, well, they must have had a sale," she says. She went to Albertson's. Then Tom Thumb. She called around.

    Then she got worried.

    Pharmacies and grocery stores are starved for the popular heartburn remedy, which switched from prescription to over-the-counter sales last year in a marketing whirlwind.

    "I had a lady come in this week and say she's been to four different stores," says Greg Russell, a manager at Dougherty's Pharmacy. He's tried to order it, without luck.

    Even lists the medicine as "temporarily out of stock," citing a manufacturer back order.

    The problem, according to Procter & Gamble, is that the company did not anticipate the level of heartburn in the population. "America's stomach is in much worse shape than we could have ever anticipated," says company spokesman Kurt Weingand.

    An estimated 50 million to 60 million adults in the United States suffer from frequent heartburn. Since its introduction, Prilosec OTC has become the most popular off-the-shelf treatment, Mr. Weingand says, quickly overtaking Pepcid AC, the second most popular choice. The company is shipping boxes at a record clip.

    "It just gets out there, and it is bought almost immediately," he says. AstraZeneca, which makes the prescription version, also makes Prilosec OTC, but Procter & Gamble handles marketing and distribution.

    If you can't find Prilosec, take heart, doctors say. Other pills can quell that sour stomach. "It depends on the frequency and the severity of their symptoms," says Dr. Armond Schwartz, director of gastroenterology at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

    Heartburn remedies fall into several broad categories. Antacids such as Rolaids or Maalox neutralize stomach acid. Drugs called H2 blockers - including Pepcid or Tagamet HB - interfere with histamines, molecules involved in the gastric secretions. Proton pump inhibitors deactivate acid production cells in the stomach. The only proton pump inhibitor available over the counter is Prilosec OTC.

    Which one should you take? Dr. Daniel DeMarco, medical director of the Baylor Heartburn Center, describes it this way: If you ate one too many slices of pizza for lunch and you need relief now, take an antacid such as Tums or Alka-Seltzer, because it will work immediately. If you want relief tonight, take an H2 blocker such as Zantac. If you're planning to eat the leftover pizza tomorrow, take Prilosec. The drugs differ in duration and speed of relief.

    If the symptoms are serious enough or occur often, DeMarco says, talk to a doctor about a prescription proton pump inhibitor or other treatment. According to AstraZeneca spokesman Jim Coyne, the company's prescription drug, Nexium, is still widely available. So are other brands of prescription proton pump inhibitors.

    Prilosec may not necessarily be as great as consumers have been led to believe, says Larry Sasich, who reviews drugs for the consumer group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C. "There are less expensive, more effective products that are available," he says. One drawback, according to Public Citizen, is that Prilosec OTC may take days to relieve symptoms.

    Stella Polus eventually found Prilosec at a pharmacy. Without the acid suppression, she says, her arthritis medicine upsets her stomach. She hopes the Prilosec she bought will last until the manufacturer catches up with demand. That should be by the end of the year at the latest, according to Procter & Gamble's Weingand. "It will be out there very soon."


    _Antacids (such as Alka-Seltzer, Tums, Maalox and Mylanta) neutralize stomach acid through chemical reactions.

    _Pepto-Bismol coats the esophagus to protect against stomach acid.

    _H2 blockers (Pepcid AC, Tagamet HB, Zantac 75) inhibit the action of histamines, which are involved in stomach acid production.

    _Proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec OTC) deactivate acid pumps in the stomach cells where acid is produced.

    SOURCE: National Heartburn Alliance

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