What is Prilosec (omeprazole)?
Prilosec, generic omeprazole, is part of a class of drugs that is referred to as a proton pump inhibitor. The effect of Prilosec OTC is that it decreases the volume of acid that is produced in the stomach. The ingredients of Prilosec are used to treat the symptoms of excess stomach acid production and disorders, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease. In addition, Prilosec, generic omeprazole, is used to help treat the damage that is done to people’s esophagus when they have a digestive disorder. While Prilosec OTC is not an instant relief medication for heartburn, but it has been shown to help treat gastric ulcers caused by bacterial infections when used in combination with antibiotics.
Taking Prilosec generic is not recommended if you are allergic to omeprazole or any other benzimidazole medications, as they can have a negative drug interaction. Talking to your physician and pharmacist about the possible drug interactions with Prilosec OTC, will ensure that you are taking the right medication for your individual situation. If you know that you have any liver disorder, are at risk for heart disease, or low levels of magnesium, it is important to let your medical care specialist know, as there have been complications when taking Prilosec generic with these conditions in the past.
There are a number of disorders that are treated by mixing omeprazole and antibiotics for a synergist effect, but generally mixing medications is not a wise thing to do. Talk with your physician and pharmacist about the benefits and negative side effects of combining one or more medications to determine if there is a better solution for your particular situation. Once you have been prescribed or guided to take a certain dose of Prilosec generic or any other PPI, it is important that you follow the directions and not attempt to alter or discontinue your treatment without speaking with your physician. Always consulting, and listening to, a professional medical opinion will make sure that the medications that you are taking are helping with limited harm.
As Prilosec and other omeprazole medications can clear up the symptoms of an infection quickly, you may be tempted to stop taking the medication once you don’t notice the symptoms. Taking the prescribed medication to completion is important because the symptoms will often improve or disappear before the infection is completely cleared. Talk with your physician and pharmacist to ensure that you are not allergic to any of the non-medical Prilosec ingredients; this will help avoid any foreseeable serious allergic reactions.