Correct me if i'm wrong but gastroguard is a paste in a tube, not a coated pill. It is only available from a vet but ulcer guard is the same ingredient but generic and its non prescription. I'm just giving the OP options as i've had success using ulcer guard and heard of people having success with generic pills as they may not be able to afford the gastroguard.
I do agree that diet helps control the problem but not always.
I'm sorry! It totally is a paste. (This is what happens when you just get up from work.)
Generics are allowed to have the same main ingredient, but they can't be EXACTLY the same. Gastroguard is made to get into the system, and not be destroyed by the stomach acid. The idea is the same, just minus the pill part.
Prilosec was originally under-dosed, so the horses weren't getting enough, though I've heard better results from it thus far. It would definitely be worth getting the horse scoped to see if it is 100% before trying anything like gastroguard; and if the ulcers are small, you might be able to get by with a less expensive one.
The generic is much cheaper, but it doesn't mean it does the horse any good! Kind of like Chondroitin for joints--the horse can't digest it to use it, but they keep making joint supplements with it... ;)
I don't think I've ever taken a name brand drug and they've always worked for me... When I was pregnant, they gave me a script for Zantac but the pharm gave me rantidine... when I can't sleep they proscribed Ambien but I got zolpidem or whatever. They all worked for me? So why not buy generic for the horse?
I hope I don't sound argumentative.... In fact I decided not to adopt the horse because I need to STOP taking in strays... I can't rescue every horse! Not because of the Ulcers.. but he popped an abscess and the whole front half of his foot is bruised and it could be months and months before I could use him for anything and I just don't have the space.