Prilosec (omeprazole) belongs to a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Omeprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Prilosec is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. It is also used to promote healing of erosive oesophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid).
How to consume
Prilosec is usually taken before eating. Follow your doctor's instructions. You may open the Prilosec delayed-release capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow this mixture right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule. Dissolve the powder in a small amount of water. Use 1 teaspoon of water for the 2.5-mg packet, or 1 Tablespoon of water for the 10-mg packet. Let the mixture stand for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir and drink right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away. Prilosec OTC (over-the-counter) should be taken only once every 24 hours for 14 days. Take the medicine in the morning before you eat breakfast. It may take up to 4 days for full effect. Do not take more than one tablet every 24 hours. Do not crush, chew, or break a Prilosec OTC tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Take Prilosec for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse while you are taking this medicine. Take Prilosec exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Allow at least 4 months to pass before you start another 14-day treatment with Prilosec OTC. Call your doctor if you have additional symptoms and need treatment before the 4 months has passed.
If you miss your dose, take it as soon as you remember, or if it is too late, skip the missed dose and continue with your routine dose at the next scheduled time. In the condition of consuming over dose, call your doctor and seek medical help.
Encounter with other drugs
Before you use Prilosec, always tell your doctor about the other medication you use, such as: Ampicillin (Principen, Unasyn); HIV or AIDS medications such as atazanavir (Reyataz), nelfinavir (Viracept), saquinavir (Invirase); or Iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron, Fergon, Femiron, others); A blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin. Jantoven); Cilostazol (Pletal); A diuretic (water pill); Clopidogrel (Plavix); Diazepam (Valium); Digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps); Disulfiram (Antabuse); Cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune); Tacrolimus (Prograf); Phenytoin (Dilantin); Ketoconazole (Nizoral), voriconazole (Vfend). This list may be incomplete,and there could be other drugs which might enocounter with prilosec, and it can cause a harm to your health, so always tell your doctor incase you use other drugs or medication.
Some common side effects you may experience, such as: Cough; Headache; Constipation; Dizziness, or rash. You may also have some allergic reaction, this may include: Swelling; Rash; Itching; Dizziness, or trouble breathing. This list may be incomplete, and you might experience another side effect too if the prescription is not followed, to avoid any side effect, always follow the guidelines, incase of any side effect, call your doctor immediately and seek medical help.
Store it well
Once you buy Prilosec online, store it at a room temperature away from moisture, heat and direct sunlight, and make sure it is out of the reach of children.
Disclaimer: the above information provided is for your own reference. If you need to start the medicine under any circumstance(s) please consult your health care facilitator for a detailed plan to follow up.