Prilosec is a drug for short term treatment of the stomach ulcers duodenal ulcer, heartburn and other symptoms of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is advantageous over other drugs as it may be used in combination with other antacids. Not restricted to the problems mentioned, this drug may be prescribed by your doctor to overcome other health problems too.
How to Use Prilosec
The ideal way to use Prilosec is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
You must take Prilosec before meals.
Prilosec drug is available in the form capsule. You should swallow it whole and should not crush or chew it generally.
In case if you really have problems in swallowing the capsule you may open it and take its content out in and a spoon and consume it with applesauce.
You must not stop taking Prilosec without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Never hesitate to ask questions about Prilosec.
Prilosec is not for immediate relief in case of hears burn.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Prilosec to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, skip the missed the dose and go for your scheduled medication.
On the other hand if it almost time for the next dose than avoid taking it.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store it at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
Prilosec overdose causes following symptoms Confusion, drowsiness, dry mouth, flushing, headache, nausea, rapid, heartbeat and sweating. Rush to your doctor immediately incase of drug overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Prilosec if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Prilosec if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Prilosec as Prilosec may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Prilosec is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Prilosec can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking Clarithromycin or voriconazole, Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), benzodiazepines (eg, diazepam), cilostazol, cyclosporine, digoxin, disulfiram, phenytoin, or tacrolimus, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir),
Do not stop using Prilosec without prior permission from your doctor.