Prilosec is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. Prilosec decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It can also be used to help promote the healing of erosive esophagitis. Prilosec can also be given in combination with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcers caused by infection with helicobacter pylori.
Store Prilosec at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep medications away from children and pets.
Before taking Prilosec, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have heart disease or liver disease. You may need a dose adjustment to safely use this medication. Prilosec does not work for the immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. Heartburn can sometimes be confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek immediate medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, dizziness, pain spreading to your arm or shoulder, sweating, nausea, or vomiting. It is not known whether Prilosec is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant while using Prilosec. The medicines in Prilosec can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Do not use Prilosec without first telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give Prilosec to a child without the advice of a doctor.
Certain conditions are treated with a combination of Prilosec and antibiotics. Use all of your medications as directed by your healthcare professional to best treat your condition. Follow your doctors instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activities while using Prilosec. Read the label on the medication before using Prilosec.
Prilosec is not to be used for the immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. Take Prilosec exactly as directed on the label, or as instructed by a doctor or pharmacist. Do not take this medication in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Prilosec is usually taken before eating. Do not crush, chew, or break a Prilosec enteric-coated tablet. Swallow the tablet whole. The enteric-coated tablet has a special coating to protect your stomach. Breaking the tablet could damage this coating. You can open the Prilosec delayed-release capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing it easier. Swallow this mixture right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. You may dissolve Prilosec powder in a small amount of water. Use 1 teaspoon of water for the 2.5 mg packet. Let the mixture stand for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir and drink it immediately. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the
Do not use Prilosec if you are allergic to omeprazole. Do not use Prilosec OTC without the advice of a doctor if you have trouble or pain with swallowing, bloody or black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, heartburn that has lasted for over three months, frequent chest pain, heartburn with wheezing, unexplained weight loss, nausea or vomiting, or stomach pain.
Seek emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction – hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Less serious side effects include – stomach pain, gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or headache.