What Prilosec (omeprazole) Is Used For:
How Prilosec (omeprazole) Works:
How Prilosec (omeprazole) Is Taken:
Usual doses include 20 mg once a day (sometimes may be given twice a day), 40 mg once a day, and 60 mg once a day. It is important that you follow your physician’s orders on dosing, as more Prilosec does not equal better results.
Side Effects of Prilosec:
The most common side effects of Prilosec are (listed in the order of prevalence):
- abdominal pain
Other side effects (listed in order of prevalence):
- acid regurgitation
- upper respiratory infection
- back pain
You should see a doctor immediately if you experience the following symptoms, which may be related to an allergic reaction. Symptoms in bold require emergency medical treatment:
- rash, hives, or other skin reactions
- difficulty breathing
- difficulty swallowing
Prilosec (omeprazole) and Interference With Other Medications:
You should consult your physician if you are taking any of the following medications as they can interact with Prilosec. As this list is incomplete, you should always contact your physician prior to starting a new medication. Your physician or pharmacist can run a check for interactions between your prescribed medications.
Before Taking Prilosec (omeprazole):
If you have black stools or bright red blood in stools, you should seek medical attention rather than using Prilosec. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or nursing a baby, you should consult your physician before taking Prilosec. Always have a doctor or pharmacist review you current medication list before starting a new medication.
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Medline Plus. (2010). Omeprazole. Accessed: June 12, 2010 from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a693050.html