Uses and How to Use
Prilosec also known by its generic name as Omeprazole is a PPI drug. PPI means Proton Pump Inhibitor. This kind of drug works by reducing the amount of acid the stomach produces.
Reduction of the stomach’s acid content can help in the treatment of acid reflux related stomach and lower esophagus problems. It can help alleviate the problems of heartburn by reducing the acid that can possibly back up into the esophagus.
Prilosec is taken orally 15 to 30 minutes before eating a meal or as prescribed by your physician. Never by all means chew, crush or break the medication. If you find swallowing it whole to be impossible, then you may open the capsules and have the contents incorporated into cool applesauce. Remember not to chew the preparation as this may change the potency of the drug and possibly increase the side effects.
Precautions and Side Effects
There are several information you should tell your doctor for him to determine if Prilosec is the best
medicine for you:
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, expecting to be pregnant or becomes pregnant while taking Prilosec as your medication. Omeprazole is possibly excreted in the breast milk and thus may cause adverse affect to the breastfed infant.
• Let it be known to your doctor if you have a history of any allergic reactions to Prilosec.
• Inform your doctor whether you are a user of tobacco and its products, since these may decrease the effectiveness of Prilosec.
• Inform your doctor if you have a liver disease or a familial history of liver disease.
• Disclose what other prescription or even non-prescription or non-herbal medications including food supplements you are taking. For that matter, you may be currently under treatment for other disorders aside from acid reflux.
In all cases, do not self-administer Prilosec for more than 14 days in a row. This drug requires 4 months interval before its re-administration.
There may be side effects like constipation, cough, dizziness, or back pain. Inform your doctor immediately if theses side effects worsen or continue. Not all people experience these side effects but these are prescribed to you because the chances of your getting better are higher than having adverse effects from the drug.
Allergic reactions like swelling, rashes, itching, severe dizziness and breathing troubles are very rare but if it occurs, then you should get medical attention as soon as possible. There might be other adverse reactions, then immediately notify your physician.
Dosage and Storage
Like all other medications, Prilosec follows time intervals and dosage. If it happens that you miss a dose on a specified time, then you should immediately take a dose. If its already near the time of the next dose, then just take the next dose and resume the regular dosage schedule.
Never take a double dose just to catch up with your missed dosage. Doing so can cause overdose and may endanger your life. Prilosec should not be shared with other people as this drug is only prescribed for you.
Make sure you drink a glass of water after every dosage to be sure that you get the complete dose. It is possible that your prescription may need antacids to be taken along with this medication. The length of treatment and dosage is based on your current medical condition and your body’s response to the treatment.
For storage, it is important to keep it at room temperature between 59 – 86 degrees F. You should never store this product in the bathroom because the bathroom has a humid environment.
In using Prilosec, make sure you follow the doctor’s instructions. Use Prilosec at regular intervals as instructed and be sure to use it at the same time each day for the duration of the prescription. You should continue taking it until the end of the prescribed dosage even if you are already feeling well to avoid recurring symptoms.
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