Save Time and Money by Ordering a Longer Supply of Esomeprazole
Esomeprazole and How it Works
Esomeprazole is a type of medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). PPIs stop the ‘pump’ that usually releases acid into your stomach. By blocking this pump, esomeprazole helps to reduce the amount of acid that gets made in your stomach and, therefore, decreases the amount coming back up and burning your throat.
Conditions Esomeprazole Treats
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where the acid in your stomach comes back up and causes discomfort and damage to your throat. Esomeprazole stops some production of that acid, and therefore reduces some of this pain and damage.
- NSAID-induced stomach ulcer prevention
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can cause stomach ulcers, so esomeprazole is often prescribed to prevent an ulcer from forming while a patient is taking NSAIDs.
- H. pylori-induced duodenal ulcer treatment
The bacteria Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori) can cause ulcers in your duodenum (the part of your digestive system that comes after your stomach), and this requires treatment with a PPI such as esomeprazole alongside 2-3 antibiotics to help treat the H. pylori infection.
- Hypersecretory conditions
These are conditions where your body makes too much stomach acid, leading to ulcers, GERD, or even bleeding in your digestive system. Esomeprazole decreases some of that acid production and therefore prevents some of this possible damage.
How Long Should I Take Esomeprazole?
This question is best suited for your healthcare provider. The length of time you should take esomeprazole depends on the reason for why you need it. For GERD, esomeprazole is typically prescribed for 4-8 weeks. However, for something like preventing an NSAID-related ulcer, the duration can be closer to 6 months.
Often doctors will end up prescribing esomeprazole for long-term GERD maintenance use, as recurrent GERD can lead to serious damage to your throat. In this case, it becomes easier to keep patients on a low maintenance dose to prevent them from discomfort and long-term damage. However, the risk of using PPIs for an extended time is also something to consider. Your healthcare provider will have to weigh the pros and cons of keeping you on esomeprazole long-term vs the damage from recurrent GERD.
What Dose of Esomeprazole is Right for Me?
There is no “right” or “wrong” dose of esomeprazole. This generic medication comes in 20mg and 40mg capsules. Depending on your condition and your healthcare provider’s orders, it could be dosed once or twice per day. For GERD, esomeprazole is usually dosed as one 20mg or 40mg capsule per day, but if your healthcare provider has given you different instructions, listen to them as it can change based on each individual’s needs.
Do I have to Pay More for Different Doses?
Not at Marley Drug! At other pharmacies the price of esomeprazole can change depending on the dose you have been prescribed. The price of a one-month supply (30 capsules) of generic esomeprazole can range from $10 to $230 depending on the dose. This price also doubles if you’re prescribed a dosing frequency of two capsules per day. This can be frustrating as the dose that works for you may be more expensive than other available doses.
At Marley Drug you pay the exact same amount per month no matter which strength or frequency you are prescribed. Even if you are taking 2 capsules per day, you’re not charged more than if you’re taking 1 capsule per day. We charge you for the month supply, not by per-capsule pricing. This consistency allows you and your healthcare provider to find the right dose without you worrying about cost changes.
Generic vs. Brand Name Esomeprazole
There is also a brand name version of esomeprazole available at many pharmacies, called “Nexium”. The generic and brand name medications have the exact same medical ingredient, esomeprazole, and are considered ‘equivalent’ by the FDA, meaning the brand and generic versions should affect patients the same way.
That being said, some patients still prefer being prescribed a brand name drug. Those patients often end up paying a huge mark-up in price. A one-month supply of 30 capsules of Nexium would cost you anywhere from $304 to $335! This is over 50x more than you would pay for a month supply of generic esomeprazole at Marley Drug and is why we recommend patients take the generic version of esomeprazole.
How You Can Save Money on Esomeprazole at Marley Drug
Marley Drug offers generic esomeprazole at a lower price as part of our Wholesale Price List. A 6-month supply would cost you $37, and a full 12-month supply only $70. That’s less than $6 a month! We also provide free shipping for our 6- and 12- month supplies, so your medication gets delivered right to your door for no extra costs.
Why are our prices so low? We provide wholesale prices, which means we price our medications based on what it costs us to buy them, not by what has been decided by your insurance.
By getting our medications directly from accredited wholesalers we are able to cut out the insurance company middlemen (who usually push up the costs of drugs with their arbitrary “service fees”). Because of this, our prices are competitive and often better than most insurance plans.
Why Filling in Longer Supply is Better for You
Many healthcare providers prescribe esomeprazole for long-term use. Once you’re on a steady maintenance dose, filling a longer supply means you’ll have access to a consistent amount of medication without worrying about multiple trips to the pharmacy every few months. This also means you don’t have to pay the pharmacy fees every time you refill your prescription, which decreases your overall medication costs even more.
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Prices mentioned in this article are based on average retail price at major box chain pharmacy in the U.S. as of June 27, 2022.