Prilosec (Omeprazole) in Vietnam

Hi guys, I take this every day and i was wondering if it is available in HCMC. Getzome and Gitazot are the generic Vietnamise brands but I couldn't find anything in my research on google about pricing/availability.

Hi friend,

You can go to HAI BA TRUNG street - TRAN QUANG KHAI street, dist 1, near TAN DINH church + TAN DINH market. There are lots of Pharmacy there and it is easy to buy the same medication with local brand or imported ones with the same ingredient.

Cheer.
Thanh

Yes, you can get it and Nexium and many of the other equivalent meds for re-flux. And it is far far cheaper then in my home country.

Try Maalox, made here in Vietnam by Sanofi Aventis, dirt cheap. I've been using it for ten years for reflux.

https://hososuckhoe.org/thuoc/2123-maalox-400mg.html

colinoscapee :

Try Maalox, made here in Vietnam by Sanofi Aventis, dirt cheap. I've been using it for ten years for reflux.

https://hososuckhoe.org/thuoc/2123-maalox-400mg.html

Not surprisingly, a lot of people (in the USA, at least) never consider this good advice, since doctors and insurance companies have been convinced by manufacturer AstraZeneca (of BOTH brands) to offer these meds as a first response, thus WAY over prescribing them (in my not-so-humble opinion).

Of course, many people with GERD - Gastroesophageal Reflux DISORDER (it's not a true "disease") choose to ignore perhaps the best "prescription":

Don't eat ANYTHING after 6 PM or at least 4 hours before going to sleep.

:top:

Also, digestive enzymes, prebiotic foods and probiotics, plus cutting down on alcohol and sugar intake can help dramatically.

Loosing weight also helps...

:o

Personally, I licked my GERD by following the food combination rules in a 1980's book "Fit For Life".

At dinner, if I eat meat, I don't eat any starches (bread, potatoes, rice, noodles, etc) since the two classes of food fight each other in the digestive tract.

So if I want ribs, I eat them with salad or coleslaw.

If I want french fries, I eat them with salad veggies too.

It seems I can eat beans with meat OR veggies, without problems.

If I forget and eat steak and fries together (especially after 6 PM) I wake up feeling like I'm fixing to die sometime after Midnight.

OceanBeach92107 :
colinoscapee :

Try Maalox, made here in Vietnam by Sanofi Aventis, dirt cheap. I've been using it for ten years for reflux.

https://hososuckhoe.org/thuoc/2123-maalox-400mg.html

Not surprisingly, a lot of people (in the USA, at least) never consider this good advice, since doctors and insurance companies have been convinced by manufacturer AstraZeneca (of BOTH brands) to offer these meds as a first response, thus WAY over prescribing them (in my not-so-humble opinion).

Of course, many people with GERD - Gastroesophageal Reflux DISORDER (it's not a true "disease") choose to ignore perhaps the best "prescription":

Don't eat ANYTHING after 6 PM or at least 4 hours before going to sleep.

:top:

Also, digestive enzymes, prebiotic foods and probiotics, plus cutting down on alcohol and sugar intake can help dramatically.

Loosing weight also helps...

:o

Personally, I licked my GERD by following the food combination rules in a 1980's book "Fit For Life".

At dinner, if I eat meat, I don't eat any starches (bread, potatoes, rice, noodles, etc) since the two classes of food fight each other in the digestive tract.

So if I want ribs, I eat them with salad or coleslaw.

If I want french fries, I eat them with salad veggies too.

It seems I can eat beans with meat OR veggies, without problems.

If I forget and eat steak and fries together (especially after 6 PM) I wake up feeling like I'm fixing to die sometime after Midnight.

That is good advice, I'm actually weaning myself slowly off prilosec, I'm cutting my dosage 10% per week. These drugs cause a physical dependency for sure, since your stomach over produces gastrin to try and overwelm the drug and abruptly quitting means horrible heartburn.

Being brutally honest, I don't want to move to a third world country and not have enough stomach acid to fight off food bourne illnesses.

However, if I'm still weaning off the prilosec or if I have no choice but to stay on it I don't want to be caught off guard.

I had an ulcer though and I really did need it for it to heal (which it did according to a follow up endoscopy)

I read somewhere that Nexium is crazy expensive in Vietnam... did that change?

I have other medicines I take, I should hire someone to visit pharmacies asking if they carry my meds 😂

DogChild :

I read somewhere that Nexium is crazy expensive in Vietnam... did that change?

I have other medicines I take, I should hire someone to visit pharmacies asking if they carry my meds 😂

My own personal experience concerning brand name meds here:

The original brand name is usually considered an "import", and can be 10 to 20 times the price of the knock off.

A quick search of Lazada dot com showed 100 Prilosec 20mg generic about 1/6 the price of 42 Prilosec 20mg brand name product.

As has been said, omeprazole is available here as a generic.

Contrary to popular belief, many generics here are good replacements for the original.

There aren't any Walgreens or CVS-type stores here (that I know of).

They key for me has been identifying trustworthy pharmacies. The local citizens know which ones they are.

It helps to load your phone with images and text of the med you are seeking.

For general classifications (antacids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, etc) you can translate the word before you get to the counter.

The better pharmacies can search the name in a database.

Nexium is 'probably' more expensive than Prilosec, because Omeprazole has been available as a generic longer than Esomeprazole

I recommend:

Get a doctor to write you a prescription for the length of your visa. Keep a copy with your passport. Go to Walmart and purchase enough of the generic to last the length of your visa. Keep that in your carry on luggage. IF (not likely) customs hassles you, show them the prescription and you "should" be good to go.

No guarantee. Just best likely scenario.

DogChild :

I read somewhere that Nexium is crazy expensive in Vietnam... did that change?

I have other medicines I take, I should hire someone to visit pharmacies asking if they carry my meds 😂

I tried Nexium 40mg for awhile, it was about 30k vnd per tablet.

If you go with generic Omeprazole , you can save a lot.  Even in the US, brand name Prilosec is way higher priced than generic Omeprazole.  In HCMC, I used to buy 20mg capsules in bottles of 100 for 70,000₫.  That is 700₫ for the standard 20mg dose. 

Admittedly I was buying from a wholesale pharmacy that I have posted on before, but even with a retail markup, generics should be no more than double that.  https://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=805402  See my post #8. It sound like this is the same place that Thanhnx73 refers to above.   I think this place has integrity and was initially recommended to us by our landlady whose physician husband also owned a retail pharmacy.

You do not need an Rx for any of these in VN. So you might want to save your money on a doctors visit. For me Nexium causes transient amnesia.......which is scary as all get out.

There is a common belief that the entire diagnosis is a scam. It is said that the problem is cause because as we get older we produce LESS stomach acid to digest properly. I now take hydroelectric acid and have had good result. And I am still at the edge of esophageal cancer. Had RFA done and got rid of a lot of the scar tissue. I will check in the next couple of days and let you all know what the Nexium runs here in VN. It is dirt cheap as opposed to $4.00 a pill in the USA.

Vagabondone :

You do not need an Rx for any of these in VN.

True.

I mentioned an Rx in case he tries to bring a big supply through customs.

As mentioned earlier, low stomach acid is usually the more common culprit. I find apple cider vinegar tablets (GNC) do the trick.

I too have used cider tablets. I now have a infant and looks like he was cursed with the same problem. Mine primarily is do to a weak muscle at the opening to my stomach, just as my dad had.

Just checked my pharmacy and 40mg Nexium is 14,000 vnd per pill.

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