Prilosec

Name:

Prilosec

Generic Name:

Omeprazole Magnesium

Form:

Capsule

Medication Class:

Proton Pump Inhibitor

Active Ingredient:

Omeprazole Magnesium

Pregnancy Category:

Consult your physician (Category C)

About this medication

Prilosec is the name of the medication. It comes in the form of a capsule, 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 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 capsule. 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.

Last Update: May 13th 2017
Data sources: Label (May 13th 2017), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (June 9th 2015), FDA (May 31st 2015)

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