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... ;)
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