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Prilosec for Heartburn and Ulcers


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.


What is Prilosec?

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 stomach 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).

How does Prilosec work?

Prilosec works by blocking the production of acid in the stomach.

How to take Prilosec:

Take Prilosec by mouth, usually once daily, 15 to 30 minutes before a meal; or as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not crush or chew the medication. Swallow the medication whole. If you take sucralfate in addition to this medication, take your dose of omeprazole at least 30 minutes before your sucralfate.

Prilosec Cautions:

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.

Possible Prilosec Side Effects:

Headache, diarrhea, gas, or constipation, may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: rash, stomach/abdominal pain, back pain, unusual tiredness, dizziness, vomiting. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: chest pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes or skin. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions:

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: diazepam, "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), hydantoins (e.g., phenytoin), azole antifungals (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole), ampicillin, iron supplements, sucralfate, cilostazol. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


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