Prilosec is commonly prescribed for conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. These conditions can include things such as GERD, duodenal ulcers, gastric ulcers, and H. pylori infections. Prilosec belongs to a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors, and works by decreasing the amount of acid in your stomach by blocking acid production sites. Prilosec has omeprazole as the active ingredient in it which is a prescribed medication used to treat several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. It is part of a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).This medication is manufactured by Astra Zenca and Company.

How to Use Prilosec Tablets

  • Prilosec comes in capsule form or as packets used to mix an oral suspension (liquid). It is taken by mouth once or twice a day. Prilosec OTC comes in tablet form.
  • Prilosec is best taken on an empty stomach, half an hour before a meal.
  • Prilosec capsules should not be chewed or crushed, as they contain tiny granules with a special coating that prevents stomach acid from destroying the medication. Prilosec OTC tablets should not be cut, crushed, or chewed.
  • For people who have difficulty swallowing capsules, Prilosec capsules (but not tablets) can be opened and the contents sprinkled onto a spoonful of applesauce. The applesauce should not be hot and should be swallowed (without chewing) immediately.
  • For the oral suspension, the contents of one packet are mixed with a certain amount of water (which varies, depending on the strength), left to sit for two or three minutes to thicken, and taken within 30 minutes. Rinse out the container with a small amount of water, and drink the contents if any of the drug remains.
  • Prilosec should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.

Cautions before Use Prilosec Tablets

Studies indicate that people who take Prilosec may be at an increased risk for broken bones. The risk appears to be highest for people who take such medications at high doses or for long periods.

Prilosec, may cause low blood magnesium levels better known as hypomagnesemia. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any symptoms of hypomagnesemia, such as muscle spasms, an irregular heart rhythm arrhythmia, or seizures.

If you have liver disease then you should not take this medicine as Prilosec is generally not recommended for those with severe liver problems.

Prilosec Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Prilosec are as follows:

  • Nausea
  • Fever or chills
  • Extreme pain in the upper abdomen
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Liver Problems

Prilosec Tablets Reactions and Overdose

Several drugs may interact with Prilosec, such as Celexa, Valium, and iron supplements. Some of these interactions can alter the amounts of medications in your blood, possibly decreasing their effectiveness or increasing your risk of side effects. Therefore, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any drug interactions with Prilosec that may apply to you.

Overdose symptoms associated with taking too much Prilosec can include things such as confusion, drowsiness, and blurred vision. Treatment for a Prilosec overdose typically involves medical supportive care.


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