Also known as: Omesec, Prilosec, Prilosec OTC, Zegerid (Original Formulation)
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Reviews for Omeprazole to treat GERD
Review by Grandma S (taken for 5 to 10 years):
Prilosec (omeprazole): Prilosec has worked for me 90 percent of the time for the past eight years. My one and only complaint is: Why does it have to be packaged like it is gold. First a large box with three smaller boxes in that and then the pills individually sealed in foil sheets. What a pain to get all this open and just think of the amount of waste to the landfills. I called the company and they said they do this packaging for safety reasons. Many, many more dangerous other meds are not packaged like this. Please get those pills into a bottle.
16 users found this comment helpful.
Prilosec (omeprazole): Prilosec has always worked for me since I went off Nexium but I recently tried the flavored one and I can no longer take just one pill a day to keep the burning away....so off to the store today to get my regular Prilosec since I have finally finished the flavored box. No more of the flavored one for me.
omeprazole: I was taking Pepcid before for GERD and indigestion twice a day for several years. The night episodes started becoming more frequent lately, so my doctor switched me to Prilosec. After a week, I was getting a sore throat constantly, constipation, and lots of stomach gas. This is day 11, and I stopped taking the Prilosec. I took a Pepcid AC last night to get some relief, and slept well.
Prilosec OTC (omeprazole): It worked well to eliminate reflux symptoms, but forced to discontinue use as made me too dizzy, lightheaded, and sometime naseaus. To the point of not feeling comfortable enough to drive.
10 users found this comment helpful.
Review by jaimer123 (taken for less than 1 month):
omeprazole: Within 12 hours of taking this medication I got the chills, dizziness and stomach cramps and extreme dry mouth. Within 2 hours of taking my second dose I experienced anxiety, swelling of the tongue, throat and glands, continued dizziness and extreme dry mouth and thirst, frequent urination and stomach camps.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Prilosec OTC (omeprazole): My doctor prescribed Protonix which worked most of the time and every now and then I would take a Tums. Then my doctor left and I didn't request a refill soon enough, so I decided to try Prilosec OTC. My GERD disappeared after the first day. I took it daily for 14 days as described on the box and never had a problem at all. My GERD pain is coming back though, so I will be buying another box.
omeprazole: Was put on this for GERD what a lifesaver. Feel great, have had no problems with this medicine. Take it once a day in the mornings and can just about eat a normal meal now without all the problems of acid reflux!
Prilosec (omeprazole): I started taking Prilosec over 6 years ago. It was very effective at helping with the acid and GERD symptoms, however my Doctor prescribed two tablets a day (Over recommended dosage-due to seriousness of Gerd). I seem to be fine until I started getting horrible spasms in my sides and intestines. I broke my ankle in March and the spasms were bad and the spasms worsened. I had my calcium checked and I was dangerously low. We backed down to 1 Prilosec and the spasms disappeared. So watch your calcium with higher doses.
42 users found this comment helpful.
omeprazole: Having a diet consisting of beer, pizza, Copenhagen Marlboro, most of my 18-33 years, my GERD had gotten so bad that I could not even swallow. I mean almost choking on anything besides fluid and applesauce. Doctor performed "tube down the throat maneuver" and stated that I had a grotesque esophagus! Started Nexium right away, worked wonders.
Prilosec OTC (omeprazole): I have taken both prescription and OTC Prilosec. After losing my prescription coverage, I changed to OTC version and have had great results. I try to take my pill at least 2 to 3 hours before lunch. It works very well for me.
10 users found this comment helpful.
omeprazole: I took one omeprAzole every morning before breakfast as prescribed for GERD. The GERD went away for two weeks but I started to get severe burning in my throat, more than I had with GERD so I stopped the pills and the burning stopped. I will try taking the pills again and see what happens.
omeprazole: I don't know if anyone has this problem, but I don't have the classic symptoms of heartburn, but my doctor thought my vocal cord problems could be cause by acid reflux. So I took this for about 4 days. On the fifth day I started having a terrible burning sensation that would not go away and lasted all day. It happened again the next day also. I decided to stop taking it and it has gone away. Anyway I'm not going to take it anymore and check with my doctor for something else. I went from having no symptoms to terrible burning sensations so I'm stopping for now.
omeprazole: I have been on this medication since 1994 and I'm 24 now and still taking it. It has made a huge difference. I have no heartburn and can eat or drink anything I want. I have no side effects.
Prilosec (omeprazole): Prilosec completely eradicates the severe reflux I suffer from due to a rare stomach condition known as gastroparesis. Sadly, it completely eliminates my appetite as well. It also slows my metabolism down to a crawl, which is already inherently slow due to my stomach condition.
10 users found this comment helpful.
Prilosec (omeprazole): I started taking one pill a day in October, switched to generic, which didn't work so the doctor suggested I take 2 a day. Still nothing, so I switched back to Prilosec and continued to take twice a day. Works pretty well, except for some days when I need to use a backup of tums or Zantac.
11 users found this comment helpful.
omeprazole: I was prescribed one capsure twice a day. I haven taken one capsule, once a day, for two weeks on/two weeks off the past couple of months. Day 2 on the med and I'm completely heartburn-free until Day 2 OFF the med. Works beautifully, but I'm afraid of long-term use. Hoping that with weight loss (~30 lbs.) I won't need to take it anymore. (Sorry, I forgot how many mg in the capsules.)
omeprazole: I am 34 and without any other noticeable symptoms, I lost my voice for a month. I found out it was caused by acid reflux. Omeprazole has really done the trick, with no significant side effects, but like some others here, I am concerned about the long term health effects of taking a drug indefinitely. I hope to find a natural solution soon.
20 users found this comment helpful.
Prilosec OTC (omeprazole): It was wonderful to be able to take one in the morning and be free of distress all day, but soon I began to have dizziness on arising which soon increased to all day.
By process of elimination I found the cause to be Prilosec. The problem was resolved after discontinued use. Now I am taking ranitidine with no such side effects and very satisfied.
44 users found this comment helpful.
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