Prilosec is used in the short term treatment of Stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers, Erosive esophagitis and other symptoms of gastro esophageal reflux disease. It may also be used in combination with other antacids or antibiotics.
Prilosec is usually taken before meals and in combination with an antibiotic. You must ensure that you do not crush or chew the capsules. Alternatively, you may empty the contents of the capsule on to a tablespoon and take it with applesauce.
You should try and take your doses on time taking care not to miss any. But if you do miss a dose, then take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. But do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature.
Confusion, drowsiness, dry mouth, flushing, headache, nausea, rapid, heartbeat and sweating are some of the typical symptoms of a Prilosec overdose. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Prilosec is not for people who are looking for immediate relief from heartburn. You must discuss your condition in detail with your doctor prior to taking Prilosec.
Some medical conditions may interact with Prilosec. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have liver problems or stomach or bowel cancer
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Prilosec. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Clarithromycin or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of Prilosec side effects
Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), benzodiazepines (eg, diazepam), cilostazol, cyclosporine, digoxin, disulfiram, phenytoin, or tacrolimus because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Prilosec
Ampicillins, azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), ginkgo biloba, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir), or iron because their effectiveness may be decreased by Prilosec.
Possible Side Effects
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; dark urine; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vision changes; yellowing of the eyes or skin.
If you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives), stop taking omeprazole and seek emergency medical attention.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take omeprazole and talk to your doctor if you experience
drowsiness, dizziness, or headache;
diarrhea, increased gas, or bloating; or
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.