Prilosec is used to treat
various acid-related stomach and esophagus
problems. If you suffer from persistent heartburn
(and have tried to treat it and changed your diet) Prilosec
may be right for you. Prilosec (Omeprazole)
is used to treat various acid-related stomachs and / or
throat (esophagus) problems (e.g., GERD, ulcers, erosive
esophagitis, or Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome). When using
this medication to treat
certain ulcers, it may be prescribed along
with certain antibiotics (e.g., amoxicillin, clarithromycin).
Prilosec is a delayed-release 20mg
tablet, taken once a day (every 24 hours) for 14
days before eating. You should not take it for more than
14 days or repeat a 14-day course more often than every
4 months unless directed by a doctor. Do not crush, break,
or chew the tablet. This decreases how well Prilosec
works in the body.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver problems, other stomach problems (e.g., tumors), any allergies. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
This medication may cause diarrhea, constipation,
stomach ache, nausea, gas, loss of appetite, headache, or
dizziness the first few days as your body adjusts
to it. If these effects persist or become
bothersome, inform your doctor. Unlikely but tell your doctor
if you develop back or joint pain, nervousness, sleep disturbances,
cough, chest pain, unusual thirst, change in amount of urine
or vision changes. This medication may rarely cause
loss of hair, ringing in the ears, swelling of the stomach
or fatigue. In the unlikely event you have an allergic
reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching,
swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing. If you notice
other effects not listed above, contact
your doctor or pharmacist.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: confusion, unusual sweating, blurred vision, unusually fast heartbeat, seizures.
Prilosec is not appropriate for adults
who: -have only occasional heartburn -have one episode of
heartburn a week or less -want immediate relief of heartburn.
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription
medication you may use, especially: diazepam, "blood thinners".
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist
This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. Bestdirectrx.com disclaims all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.