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US Brand Name Prilosec 10 mg, Prilosec 20 mg, Prilosec 40 mg
Generic Name Omeprazole
Other Brand Name Omecip, Zosec, LOMAC, OMEPRAZOLE RELIEF
Manufacturer CIPLA, mcure Pharma, UK Generic
Packing 10
Form Capsule
Strength 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg

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Introduction

Generic Prilosec belongs to a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors and it decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Used to treat gastro esophageal reflux disease and other conditions caused due to excess stomach acid, generic Prilosec heals erosive esophagitis, which is damage caused to esophagus due to stomach acid. The medication is also used along with the antibiotics to treat gastric ulcer caused due to helicobacter pylori infection. The medication is not used to provide immediate relief from heartburn symptoms.


Use

Prilosec, a prescription medication, is used to treat conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. The medication is commonly used in the treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, pathological hypersecretory conditions, duodenal ulcers, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections and pathological hypersecretory conditions. Approved to be used by adult and children the medication works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.


Side effects

Like any other medications, side effects may occur with generic Prilosec too, although, it is not necessary for each and every patient to experience the side effects. In case of side effects that persist or become bothersome get emergency medical help. Immdiately seek medical attention in case of allergic reaction like hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Some of the sid effects associated with the medication include: • Dizziness • Confusion • Irregular heart beat • Jittery feeling • Muscle cramps & weakness • Cough or choking feeling • Convulsions


storage

Generic Prilosec must be stored at normal room temperature and must be kept away from children and pets. The medication must also be kept away from direct heat, sunlight and moisture that reduce the quality and efficacy of the medication.


Composition

The active ingredient in generic Prilosec is an acid reducer called Omeprazole.


Important Precautions

Generic Prilosec is not recommended to patients who are allergic to omeprazole or any other benzimidazole medication like Albenza or Vermox. Patients suffering from liver or heart disease or low magnesium level in blood should consult with their doctor before taking Prilosec. The medication must be taken on doctor advice, especially if one is suffering from any of these given conditions: • Stomach pain • Heartburn • Trouble or pain while swallowing • Vomiting • Frequent chest pain; • Unexplained weight loss; • Nausea or vomiting


Dosage and administration

For duodenal ulcer treatment the recommended Prilosec dose is 20 mg in a day for four to eight weeks and for stomach ulcers the recommended dose is 40 mg taken once in a day for four to eight weeks and for gastroesophageal reflux disease the dose is 20 mg taken once in a day for up to four weeks. The medication is known to work best if taken before meals and taken along with antacid. The capsule must be swallowed and should not be chewed or crushed. People having difficulty with swallowing the capsules can empty the content into a tablespoon of applesauce and swallow with a glass of water.


Overdosage

Overdose of generic Prilosec require immediate medical attention to find the best alternative to cope with the overdose effects. However the overdose symptoms may include blurred vision, fast heartbeat, drowsiness, vomiting, sweating, nausea, headache, or dry mouth.