Prilosec OTC 20.6mg (NDC: 37000-455)


Prilosec OTC 20.6mg



Generic Name:

Omeprazole Magnesium






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Medication Class:

Proton Pump Inhibitor

Active Ingredient:

Omeprazole Magnesium

Pregnancy Category:

Consult your physician (Category C)


Pill Illustration: Prilosec OTC 20.6mg (37000-455)

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About this medication

Prilosec OTC is the name of the medication. It comes in the form of a tablet, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called Proton Pump Inhibitor.

Why is this medication prescribed

The food we eat travels in our food pipe (called esophagus) from the mouth to the stomach. We have acid in our stomach that helps us digest food. The stomach has a 'doorman' (called sphincter) that does not allow the food and the acid to go backwards. Sometimes, that 'doorman' is not working properly and the acid goes up, a condition called treat GERD or reflux, and may cause heartburn. The acid can prevent healing of small wounds (called ulcers) in the stomach or the food pipes.

How does it work

Prilosec OTC belongs to a group of medications called Proton pump inhibitors. These medications work by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach.

How to use it

This medication comes as a tablet. You should put it in your mouth and swallow it with a glass of water. Do not chew, break or crush it. Swallow it whole.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you become pregnant. There are not enough studies about this medication in pregnant women. Use the medication during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

More Information

Read more about Prilosec OTC 20.6mg on the FDA website.

Last Update: November 10th 2015
Data sources: Label (December 21st 2013), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (June 9th 2015), FDA (May 31st 2015) and Telesofia Medical Ltd. are not affiliated with the FDA or with Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company.