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10 Feb 2013 03:32 AM

Prilosec – Prevent Heartburn the Easy Way

Prilosec [Omeprazole] is a drug that belongs to the class of proton pump inhibitors that reduce the formation of acid in the stomach. Omeprazole which is the generic form and the active ingredient in Prilosec controls the release of acid thus relieving symptoms of acidity and heartburn. The other ailment that can be treated with the help of this medicine is gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease [GERD]. In cases of GERD, the patient experiences erosive and ulcerative esophageal lining which is caused by excessive acid being refluxed above from the abdominal region to the esophagus.
Prilosec can be obtained from the pharmacy as an OTC drug as well can be prescribed by your doctor with other medicines. Individual who have been diagnosed with Helicobacter pylori are treated with a drug combination course which contains Prilosec and antibiotics.
It must also be noted that Prilosec (Omeprazole) will not provide instant relief from heartburn and will take some time to show its effects. As mentioned above there are some medical conditions that can be treatedwith Prilosec in conjunction with other medicines. In such cases all the drugs must be taken as directed by your physician. Never change the dose or the sequence of medicines without the doctor’s permission. The instructions for every drug may be different so keep a note that is easily accessible to you in case you skip or forget your dose. If you are allergic to omeprazole or similar medicine class such as benzimidazole or albendazole, do not take Prilosec and inform the doctor beforehand.
If you were ever diagnosed with liver, kidney or heart diseases tell your pharmacist about it. Sometimes individuals take OTC Prilosec [omeprazole]for treating heartburn problems. This medicine must be taken only once in a single day. Do not expect instant results with this and it may take up to 3 to 4 days to show its complete effect. If the symptoms persist after two weeks, it is recommended to consult a doctor as the ailment may be more severe that needs medical intervention. For many patients heartburn may be confused with preliminary symptoms of a heart attack. You must call the emergency medical services immediately if you experience chest heaviness with pain shooting from heart to left shoulders to arm accompanied with nausea and heavy sweating.
Liver diseases and cardiac patients must inform their physician before they take Prilosec as it may require few test and dose adjustment before this drug is pre cribbed to them.
There is some medical condition in which it is unsafe to use any kind of omeprazole or OTC Prilosec as it may possess threat and further cause adverse effect to your body. Chronic heartburn that has not healed for more than 3 months, black or bloody stools, chest pain, vomit accompanied with blood, sudden weight loss or gain etc.
Prilosec may increase the probability of bone fracture in patients of age over 50 and who have taken a long course of this drug. Thus it is necessary to monitor the dosage of this drug under medical supervision.
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