Prilosec is the brand name for omeprazole and anti acid drug that is used to decrease the amount of acid in the stomach. This drug can also be used to treat any burning or irritation in the esophagus. Prilosec is also used to cure gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers especially when combined with antibiotics. Prilosec works by blocking an enzyme that stimulates the gastric juice stimulation in the stomach. By doing so, this drug lowers the amount of acid that is being produced in the stomach. Prilosec can be got over the counter but you should produce a prescription when buying the drug.
In cases of gastric ulcers, Prilosec must be combined with antibiotics. Before you begin taking Prilosec, you have to consult your doctor because it may interfere with other drugs effectiveness and at times it can lead to serious health conditions. You should also inform your doctor if you are allergic to some drugs, when you are suffering from liver disease or when you are suffering from heart diseases. Note that Prilosec is not meant to relieve you immediately from the heart burn symptom neither can it cure it completely. Heart burn can lead to some severe side effects in the first few weeks of its treatment therefore you have to consult your doctor when you experience dizziness, sweating, vomiting, chest pain and pain that is spreading into your arm.
Even though some health conditions require a combination or Prilosec and antibiotics, it is advised that you use all medications as prescribed by the doctor in order to treat your condition best without risking your health. It is also advised that you go through the medication guide or the patient’s instructions that comes with all medications. You should only change your dosage when advised by your doctor. Prilosec must be taken as prescribed by the doctor even if you feel better before completing your dose. This is because your symptoms may disappear even before your condition is completely cured.
You should inform your doctor when you are under other medications such as anti fungal medications as they can badly react with Prilosec. Unless it is advised by your doctor, Prilosec should be taken once a day for two weeks only. Generally, this drug starts to show its effects after four days. You should take Prilosec immediately when you wake up even before taking breakfast. It is also advisable that you take it at the same time everyday in order to allow an even flow of it into your blood. Before giving Prilosec to a child, you have to inform your doctor because its dosage is different to different people depending on the age and the condition that is being treated.
Prilosec is also strictly restricted to pregnant women and breast feeding women because it is under the category C therefore it can be harmful to the fetus or can be found in the breast milk therefore you should inform your doctor before using Prilosec while breast feeding.