What Is Prilosec (Omeprazole)?
Prilosec or omeprazole is a drug used to treat or prevent symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux.
It’s a quite common drug and you can easily find it on treatments where consumption of many pills is needed, as a way to protect the stomach and esophagus from reflux, (which is basically, when acid from the same stomach flows backward into the esophagus and causes pain from heat burning the esophagus on its way back) and also gastric ulcers (mostly caused by infections produced by bacteria Helicobacter pylori). It additionally may be used to prevent upper gastrointestinal bleeding on critically ill patients.
Like lansoprazole, this drug has the active mechanism called proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Its main function is to block enzymes on the stomach, reducing the amount of acid that is produced. Prilosec it’s slow on its action, taking at least 4 days to feel the full benefit. There’s no immediate relief for consumers on its symptoms and it’s highly contraindicated to use it in a long time period of time, even worse, in higher doses for there has been evidence of some people who’ve taken Prilosec for a long time and developed weakening of the stomach lining.
Prilosec (Omeprazole) Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Prilosec:
Serious Side Effects of Prilosec
Swelling on various parts of the body
Breathing or swallowing difficulties
Fast or irregular heartbeat
It varies, according to medical condition and doctor’s observations.
Going through its different presentations available, a capsule of Prilosec should be taken one or two hours before a meal accompanied with a glass of water, while when we talk about powder for oral solutions, it always needs to be mixed with water before using it.
Now as we classify dosage for different conditions and health problems, we may have something like this:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and gastric ulcers for H. pylori infection: 20 to 40 mg a day.
Prevent upper gastrointestinal bleeding: 40 mg a day.
Treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (excess of stomach acid): could be 120 mg/ 3 times a day
Should you miss a dose of Prilosec you can take it as soon as you remember. However, know that if you’re close to the time of your next dose, just forget about the missed one and continue on your regular dosing schedule.
Remember to take it in the exact hour next time, please, never double up on doses to make up for a missed one. It’s not only useless to treatment but also really dangerous for your health.
If you suspect an overdose, you need to call poison control center or to the emergency room immediately.
You may be wondering, how can you know? Well, most common symptoms of overdose are: Nausea, flushing, blurred vision, headache, sweating, etc. If you have those, do not hesitate to make a call.