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Prilosec OTC

Generic Name: omeprazole (oh MEP ra zol)
Brand Name: FIRST Omeprazole, Omeprazole + SyrSpend SF Alka, PriLOSEC, PriLOSEC OTC

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jun 25, 2018 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is Prilosec OTC?

Prilosec OTC is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Prilosec OTC is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. This medicine is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid).

Prilosec OTC may also be given together with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcer caused by infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

Over-the-counter (OTC) Prilosec OTC is used to help control heartburn that occurs 2 or more days per week. Prilosec OTC not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. OTC this medicine must be taken on a regular basis for 14 days in a row.

Prilosec OTC may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Prilosec OTC can cause kidney problems. Tell your doctor if you are urinating less than usual, or if you have blood in your urine.

Diarrhea may be a sign of a new infection. Call your doctor if you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it.

Prilosec OTC may cause new or worsening symptoms of lupus. Tell your doctor if you have joint pain and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in sunlight.

You may be more likely to have a broken bone while taking this medicine long term or more than once per day.

Before taking this medicine

Heartburn can mimic early symptoms of a heart attack. Get emergency medical help if you have chest pain that spreads to your jaw or shoulder and you feel anxious or light-headed.

You should not use Prilosec OTC if you are allergic to it, or if:

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Prilosec OTC if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • trouble or pain with swallowing;

  • bloody or black stools, vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds;

  • heartburn that has lasted for over 3 months;

  • frequent chest pain, heartburn with wheezing;

  • unexplained weight loss;

  • nausea or vomiting, stomach pain;

  • liver disease;

  • low levels of magnesium in your blood; or

  • osteoporosis or low bone mineral density (osteopenia).

You may be more likely to have a broken bone in your hip, wrist, or spine while taking a proton pump inhibitor long-term or more than once per day. Talk with your doctor about ways to keep your bones healthy.

Ask a doctor before using Prilosec OTC if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I take Prilosec OTC?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Use Prilosec OTC (over-the-counter) exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

If you cannot swallow a capsule whole, open it and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing. Do not save it for later use.

You must dissolve Prilosec OTC powder in a small amount of water. This mixture can either be swallowed or given through a nasogastric (NG) feeding tube using a catheter-tipped syringe.

OTC Prilosec OTC should be taken for only 14 days in a row. Allow at least 4 months to pass before you start a new 14-day course of treatment.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.

Some conditions are treated with a combination of omeprazole and antibiotics. Use all medications as directed.

This medicine can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Prilosec OTC.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Prilosec OTC?

Prilosec OTC can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor before using anti-diarrhea medicine.

Prilosec OTC side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Prilosec OTC and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;

  • new or unusual pain in your wrist, thigh, hip, or back;

  • seizure (convulsions);

  • kidney problems--little or no urination, blood in your urine, swelling, rapid weight gain;

  • low magnesium--dizziness, fast or irregular heart rate, tremors (shaking) or jerking muscle movements, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet, cough or choking feeling; or

  • new or worsening symptoms of lupus--joint pain, and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in sunlight.

Taking Prilosec OTC long-term may cause you to develop stomach growths called fundic gland polyps. Talk with your doctor about this risk.

If you use Prilosec OTC for longer than 3 years, you could develop a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Talk to your doctor about how to manage this condition if you develop it.

Common side effects may include:

  • stomach pain, gas;

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; or

  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Prilosec OTC?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines. Many drugs can affect Prilosec OTC, especially:

This list is not complete and many other drugs may affect Prilosec OTC. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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