Prilosec
DESCRIPTION

This is a medication used to treat stomach and esophagus problems. This medication is also commonly known as Omeprazole.

How it works

This drug belongs to a group of medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors. These medications work by affecting the level of acid your stomach produces.

Uses

Prilosec is mainly used to treat esophagus and stomach issues such as acid reflux and ulcers. It is also useful in relieving symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing and persistent cough.

Dosage

This drug is only consumed once daily, by mouth, before meals. Your dosage and length of treatment will be determined by your physician according to your medical condition and the way you respond to the treatment. For children, the dose will be based on weight. You must not make any changes to the dose or dose schedule without consulting your physician.

When consuming this medication, make sure to swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablet. If you are taking any anti-acids along with this drug, do not take them together. Take this medication at least 30 minutes before you take the anti-acids.

You must take this drug regularly in order to benefit from it. If you keep forgetting your doses, take them at the same time every day. This will help you remember. You must take this medication for the prescribed length of time, even if you start to feel better. You must not take this medication for more than 14 days unless your physician tells you otherwise.

If your condition worsens or persists during the treatment period, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider

Side effects

During the treatment period, you are likely to experience certain side effects such as headaches and abdominal pain. Even though these conditions are temporary, contact your doctor if they get worse with time.

You may also experience symptoms of low blood magnesium levels during the course of the treatment. These symptoms include irregular heartbeats, persistent muscle spasms and seizures.

This medication can sometimes cause a severe intestinal condition as a result of a certain type of bacteria. Moreover, although unlikely, it is still possible for you to develop an allergic reaction to this medication.

At the event of such side effects, you need to call for immediate medical help.

Precautions

It is important for you to follow the instructions given below in order to reduce the occurrence of possible side effects.

Speak to your doctor and inform him or her about your medical history.
Inform your pharmacist about all the drugs that you are currently taking. This includes prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal supplements.
Inform your physician if you suffered from a liver disease in the past.
Be mindful about the dosage when giving this medication to children as they are more susceptible to certain side effects such as fever.

Self-care

Even though it is safe to take this medication during the period of pregnancy, you must be extremely careful with the doses. Do not consume more Prilosec than recommended.

Although this medication passes onto infants through breast milk, its exact effects on babies are unknown. So, if you are planning to nurse your infant during the treatment period, discuss the matter with your physician first.

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