What is Prilosec
decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
is used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD
or heartburn), and other conditions involving excessive stomach
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Prilosec
Do not stop taking Prilosec even if you begin to
feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the condition
is fully treated.
What you should find out before taking
Before taking Prilosec, tell your doctor if you have
ever had any type of liver disease. You may not be able
to take Prilosec, or you may require a dosage adjustment
or special monitoring.
Prilosec is in the FDA pregnancy
category C. This means that it is not known whether Prilosec
will harm an unborn baby. Do not take Prilosec without first
talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become
pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether
Prilosec passes into breast milk. Do not take Prilosec without
first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a
How should take Prilosec Take Prilosec exactly as directed by your doctor.
If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
is usually taken before a meal. Follow your doctor's instructions.
If you have difficulty swallowing, the Prilosec capsules
can be opened and the contents sprinkled onto a tablespoonful
of applesauce. The pellets should be mixed with the applesauce
and then swallowed immediately. The applesauce should not
be hot and should be soft enough to be swallowed without
chewing. The pellets should not be chewed or crushed. The
pellet/applesauce mixture should not be stored for later
use. Follow with a drink of water.
Do not stop taking
Prilosec even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms
may improve before the condition is fully treated.
Store Prilosec at room temperature away from moisture and
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed
dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do
not take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention.
of an Prilosec overdose include drowsiness, seizures, shortness
of breath, and decreased body temperature.
Avoid while taking Prilosec There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or
activities while taking Prilosec, unless otherwise directed
by your doctor.
Possible side effects of Prilosec If you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty
breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips,
tongue, or face; or hives), stop taking Prilosec and seek
emergency medical attention.
Other, less serious
side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take
Prilosec and talk to your doctor if you experience
drowsiness, dizziness, or headache;
- diarrhea, increased
gas, or bloating; or
other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your
doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that
is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Prilosec Before taking Prilosec, tell your doctor if you are
taking any of the following medicines
- digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
a medicine for insomnia or anxiety such as diazepam (Valium),
alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), temazepam (Restoril),
clorazepate (Tranxene), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), and
- cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune);
- theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theochron,
Theolair, Elixophyllin, Slo-Phyllin, others);
(Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral);
(Omnipen, Principen); or
- iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron,
Fergon, Femiron, others).
You may not be able to
take Prilosec, or you may require a dosage adjustment or
special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines
other than those listed here may also interact with Prilosec.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.