Omeprazole, marketed under the brand Prilosec, belongs to a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs. Omeprazole sometimes requires a prescription. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Omeprazole prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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What is omeprazole used for? Omeprazole, or Prilosec, is a proton pump inhibitor similar to Dexilant, Nexium and pantoprazole (Protonix). Prilosec is generally indicated for short-term treatment of duodenal ulcer and gastric ulcer in adults and the treatment of gastroesophageal disease (GERD) – also sometimes known as acid reflux. In combination with other medications, Prilosec is sometimes used in the treatment of H. pylori infections. Omeprazole is a white to off-white crystalline powder that is slightly soluble in water. Omeprazole magnesium, another form of omeprazole is a white to off white powder as well. Omeprazole degrades rapidly in acid media. After oral ingestion, omeprazole demonstrates an antisecretory effect within one hour and a maximal effect within two hours. The duration of secretion inhibition is roughly three days. Omeprazole is metabolized by the CYP enzyme system and the majority is excreted in the urine.
Omeprazole – Side Effects
Omeprazole (Prilosec) can cause side effects just like other medications. Common side effects after omeprazole use include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and flatulence. Omeprazole and Prilosec can increase the risk of bone fractures. A number of drug-drug interactions also exist with omeprazole and Prilosec and one should be careful using these drugs if currently taking other medications. Anyone with a hypersensitivity to omeprazole, Prilosec or substituted benzimidazoles should avoid taking the medication. Omeprazole and alcohol should not be used together. All questions and concerns about omeprazole side effects should be directed to the prescribing medical provider and the pharmacist.
Omeprazole and Prilosec are quite affordable, frequently costing under ten cents per pill at most pharmacies. Additionally, the cost of omeprazole medication might be covered under some insurance plans. Omeprazole and Prilosec coupons may also be available online. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Prilosec is available as Prilosec 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg delayed-release capsules. Prilosec is also available as a delayed-release oral suspension.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.