ZEGERID® (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate) is a combination of omeprazole, a proton-pump inhibitor, and sodium bicarbonate, an antacid. Omeprazole is a substituted benzimidazole,5-methoxy-2-[[(4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl- 2-pyridinyl)methyl]sulfinyl]-1H-benzimidazole, a racemic mixture of two enantiomers that inhibits gastric acid secretion.
Omeprazole is the generic substance marketed as Prilosec.
Prilosec just as other PPI acid suppressing drugs can lead to interference with the P450 (Phase 1) liver detoxification system and may reduce protein metabolism, a ney nutrient for health.
Of course, buffering with NaHCO3 (sodium bicarbonate) makes you thing you are getting some fancy-schmancy pill that will solve your acid reflux problem.
Of course it doesn't fix reflux and it just might be covering your low stomach acid problem, making it worse, and then worser, and then worsest...
Zegerid will cost 'ya to the tune of about $70 for a two week treatment.
A box of NaHCO3 will set you back about a buck, and the box will last a long time using a teaspoon in a 8-10 ounce glass of water when you eat your biggest meal of the day.
A better approach is to first get the level of hydrochloric acid in your stomach evaluated, Next, stop at your local health store for some high quality digestive enzymes that contain Betaine HCl, then if your test results are low, get some betaine tablets as well.
You'll get better sooner and still have money in the bank.
The better thing to do would be to change what you eat, and change how you eat.