Prilosec is a long-acting medicine called a proton pump inhibitor used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, ulcers, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and other conditions caused by excessive production of acid in the stomach that may also be the reason for heartburn, erosive esophagitis, esophagus damage, its bleeding. Prilosec reduces the amount of acid that is produced in the stomach. In combination with antibiotics some other conditions are also treated.
Prilosec is available in capsules, suspension and tablets (non-prescription ones).
The medicine is taken once a day (usually in the morning) on an empty stomach about an hour before you have your meal. Never take it with any other liquid but with still water. When using Prilosec, the treatment may last for about a fortnight and be repeated every 4 months.
Capsules and tablets are not to be opened, chewed or crushed but swallowed as whole.
Mix the powder with water properly before you take it. You’ll need 1-2 tblsp. of water for a pack of the medicine. Mix it and drink at once; never leave it till later. The powder is not to be taken with anything else but with water.
1 Make sure your doctor knows if you have any allergies to any medications or any substances.
2 Do not exceed the dose prescribed.
3 If you are to take a 40mg pack of the medicine, take this one but not 2 packs 20 mg each as they do not have the right dose of medication for you.
4 The medicine may take 1-4 days to start working properly and influence your conditions. If it takes more than a fortnight or get even worse, call the doctor immediately.
5 Nonprescription Prilosec shouldn’t be taken for more than a fortnight.
6 Do not discontinue using the medicine even if you feel well unless your doctor tells you to do so.
7 Make sure your doctor knows about all medications you are taking at the moment including vitamins, herbals and supplements (especially calcium, iron ones). Be sure you’ve mentioned such as:
Medicines for convulsions
8 The doctor may restrict you to a diet low in calcium when taking the capsules.. Follow these instructions without fail.
9 Make sure your doctor knows about any specific medical conditions such as:
Calcium/potassium in blood
Unexplained weight loss
Heartburn that lasts longer than 3 months
Pain in the shoulders, neck, stomach
If you’ve ever experienced that, non-prescription medicine may not help as you probably have a more serious condition.
Liver disease and Bartter’s syndrome may also need additional attention.
10 Tell the doctor if you are planning to have baby or you are pregnant already. Do not breastfeed during the treatment.
11 During the treatment your skin may become sensitive to sunlight, make sure you protect it with proper clothes and sunglasses.
12 Avoid smoking and caffeine during the treatment.
13 Before doing anything that may be life-threatening, make sure you know how your body reacts to the medicine.
Pain in the back and stomach, constipation and diarrhea, giddiness and cough may occur during the treatment.
If any of the following occurs, tell the doctor immediately: troubled breathing, itching, rash, swelling of the face and limbs, hives, seizures, tremor, hoarseness.
Do not double doses in order to make up for a missed one. Take it as soon as possible but if it’s time to take the next dose, take it according your everyday schedule.
Call the emergency immediately if overdose is suspected. The signs of it are the following: dryness in the mouth, flushing, vision problems, confusion, vomiting, headache, sweating, giddiness, irregular heartbeat, sickness.
- Keep away from children
- Store at room temperature
- Keep in a tightly closed container
- Keep away from direct light, heat, cold and damp places
- Dispose of an outdated medicine
The information above is to serve your information purposes only and is not to be looked upon as an instruction for a patient. This abstract only covers some general issues of drug uses, directions, warnings, possible side effects, etc. For more information you may consult with your doctor. We disclaim all responsibility for any adverse effects and negative consequences that could be the result of the use of this information.