Prilosec (generic name: Omeprazole) is a drug which is prescribed for the treatment of the symptoms of gastrointestinal reflux disease, and other conditions which involve high levels of stomach acid including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Omeprazole works by blocking acid production in the stomach. Prilosec belongs to the group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors and reduces the levels of stomach acid, and helps to heal damage to the esophagus from stomach acid, as well reducing the symptoms from ulcers. Duodenal ulcers are located in the tube at the exit of the stomach, while gastric ulcers occur in the stomach. Gastrointestinal reflux disease, which is also sometimes thought to be heartburn, is a common disease whereby acid from the stomach leaks into the gastrointestinal tract and oesophagus. It is not to be used for immediate relief from heartburn symptoms.
Prilosec Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Prilosec including headache, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, gas, and vomiting. More serious side effects may include confusion, uneven heart rate, jerking muscle movements, muscle weakness and seizures. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Prilosec to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Prilosec comes in capsule form. You should swallow Prilosec whole with a glass of water. It is also possible to dissolve the contents of the capsule in a glass of orange of tomato juice, but the liquid must be swallowed down in one go. Prilosec should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Prilosec, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including trouble or pain swallowing, bloody or tarry stools, heartburn lasting more than 3 months, frequent chest pain or unexplained weight loss. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Prilosec, including blood thinners, cilostazol, diuretics, clopidogrel, digoxin, disulfiram, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, phenytoin, ketoconazole, ampicilin, HIV/AIDs medications or iron supplements. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Prilosecmay cause harm to your baby.
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