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Prilosec


Generic Name: omeprazole (oh MEP ra zol)
Brand Names: FIRST Omeprazole, PriLOSEC, PriLOSEC OTC, Zegerid (Original Formulation)


Prilosec to Balance Acid Amounts in the Stomach

Prilosec (Omeprazole) is an innovative proton pump inhibitor that affects the acids in the stomach, balances their amounts and decreases their harmful effect. Prilosec is prescribed as a treatment of multiple conditions caused by excess stomach acid, for example, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Additionally, the medication works promoting the healing effect in erosive esophagitis. Combined with antibiotics, the drug may treat gastric ulcers activated by helicobacter pylori related infection. Nevertheless, Prilosec will not help to relieve sudden heartburn symptoms.

Prilosec Safety Guide: Contraindications, Precautions, Interactions

Since heartburn is frequently confused with the signs of a heart attack, Prilosec should be taken after thorough examination by your doctor. Never take the drug on your own, without consultation. The doctor will adjust a proper medication dose, intake periodicity and length of the medication course based on severity of your condition and state of the general health. Do not take Prilosec without doctor’s recommendation, especially if you are diagnosed with any of the medications, including:

  • Allergic reactions to Prilosec, its active ingredients and similar medications;
  • Liver or kidney disorders;
  • Sudden weight loss;
  • Low magnesium levels in the blood;
  • Osteopenia, osteoporosis or other bone related disorders;
  • Problemsswallowing;
  • Chestpain, heartburn, wheezing;
  • Stomach discomfort and pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.

Keep in mind that the intake may cause severe birth defects and other complications in an unborn and nursing child, thus, do not use Prilosec if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

In addition, tell your doctor about other medications you are currently taking to make sure they will not interact with Prilosec and will not cause any dangerous side effects. Consult your healthcare provider before the medication intake to make sure it will not promote undesirable effects if combined with other treatments, including:

  • Antibiotics;
  • HIV/AIDSdrugs;
  • Antifungalremedies;
  • Warfarin;
  • Digoxin;
  • Diazepam;
  • Cilostazol;
  • Phenytoin;
  • Methotrexate;
  • Tacrolimus;
  • Erlotinib;
  • Disulfiram and others.

Prilosec Side Effects

Taking the medication following the prescription you are sure to get the desirable effect and witness no complications. However, violated medication use may lead to severe side effects and complications.

Never increase or double Prilosec dose, since you may experience the symptoms of overdose, with an allergic reaction being the strongest. Seek emergency professional help if you have noticed any signs of allergic reactions and other side effects, including:

  • Headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach disorders;
  • Stomachpain and discomfort;
  • Bloody or waterydiarrhea;
  • Seizures and convulsions;     
  • Symptoms of low magnesium in the blood, etc.