Prilosec is a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) drug that is dispensed as delayed release oral capsules (10mg, 20mg, and 40mg) plus a delayed release oral suspension.
The key compound is omeprazole which has proved to be a successful treatment for acid-related esophagus and throat problems such as GERD, acid reflux, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, and stomach ulcers. By reducing the amount of stomach acid, Prilosec brings relief to the associated symptoms of coughing, heartburn, and difficulty in swallowing.
Prilosec can be used in conjunction with an antibiotic to treat ulcers that are a result of a bacterial infection.
Always adhere to a physician’s instructions regarding dosage. Some patients may require adjusted doses which will be determined by a physician. Prilosec is usually taken 15-30 minutes before eating a meal.
Never break open the capsules – they must be taken whole with water. If an adult or a child has difficulty in swallowing, speak to a physician. After each dose drink a glass of water to ensure the medication has been properly swallowed.
To achieve the best results from this drug, use it regularly. This will ensure that the blood stream has a constant supply. Do not terminate treatment even if there is a substantial improvement in your condition.
SIDE EFFECTS THAT WILL REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION: Allergic reaction (indicated by swelling, rash, difficulty breathing), sore tongue, weakness, tingling or numbness of the feet or hands. These symptoms may indicate a Vitamin B deficiency which is more likely to occur after a few years of treatment.
OTHER SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: chest pain; shoulder pain; jaw pain; pain that spreads through the neck, shoulders and arms; heartburn accompanied by sweating, dizziness or light-headedness, or sudden weight loss.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS: coughing, back pain, dizziness, or constipation. These should disappear after a few days. If not, speak to your physician.
Can pregnant and breastfeeding mothers use this drug?
It is not known if Prilosec can harm an unborn or newborn baby. However it does taint breast milk. Discuss the risks of breastfeeding with a physician.
Precautions and Warnings
Because Prilosec might not react well with other medicines, the physician will need to know details of all supplements, remedies and medications that the patient is using.
Inform your physician if you suffer with heart or liver disease, or if you have any allergies.
Prilosec may affect the ability to concentrate. Do not drive or undertake any activity that requires mental alertness until you are sure that this medicine does not impair concentration. Avoid the consumption of alcohol.
How to store
Keep in a safe place where children or pets cannot access the medicine. The room temperature should be 15-300C or 59-860F. Do not store in a damp place like a bathroom.
Only use this medicine to treat the medical condition for which it was prescribed. Never use it for any other reason. Never let other people use your medication, even if they have the same condition as you. Your physician has prescribed the medicine for you only. This guide may not include all information about this medicine. For further information speak to a physician or a pharmacist.