Prilosec (Omeprazole) is a drug that is used to treat conditions that affect the esophagus and the acid-related stomach. Those who suffer from persistent heartburn may take Prilosec. Prilosec can also treat erosive esophagitis, GERD, ulcers and Zollinger-Elission Syndrome. When it is used to treat certain ulcers, Prilosec may be prescribed along with amoxicillin and other antibiotics.
Prilosec comes in the form of a delayed-release 20mg tablet. It should then be taken orally once every 24 hours before eating. The typical duration of treatment is 14 days. In fact, Prilosec cannot be taken for more than 14 days and a 14 day treatment course may only be repeated after four months have passed, unless the doctor says differently. As a delayed-release tablet, Prilosec should be taken whole and not broken, chewed or crushed. Prilosec must be swallowed whole for its full effects to be experienced.
Relay your full medical history to your doctor. He would want to know if you have any allergies, liver problems or other stomach problems. If you are pregnant, your doctor may advise you to take Prilosec only when badly needed. Talk to your doctor about whether the benefits outweigh the risks. There is also potential risk to a breastfeeding infant. So, consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
As with other heartburn drugs, take the missed dose once you remember but skip it if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose of Prilosec. Double dosing is not advised.
If you take Prilosec, you may experience constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, gas, headache and loss of appetite. Talk to your doctor if these side effects persist or worsen. There are also symptoms that may be unlikely but should require you to consult your doctor: back or joint pain; changes in amount of urine or vision; chest pain; cough; nervousness; sleep disturbances and unusual thirst. Prilosec may also cause, however rarely, fatigue, loss of hair, ringing in the ears and swelling ot the stomach. You should seek emergency medical help if any of the mentioned happens. Do the same if you are experiencing an allergic reaction characterized by dizziness, itching, rashes or difficulty breathing.
Store Prilosec at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 30 degrees Celsius). It should be kept away from light and moisture.
Immediately contact the nearest emergency room or poison control center if you suspect an overdose. Symptoms of Prilosec overdose may include blurred vision, confusion, palpitations, seizures and unusual sweating.
You should not take Prilosec if you only experience heartburn occasionally, such as an episode of heartburn a week or even less. Do not take Prilosec if you want fast relief. Also talk to your doctor if you are taking other medication, prescription or non-prescription.