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Home Remedy Network – Acid Reflux Treatment – Prilosec OTC Review

Acid Reflux is an ailment that has become more common with our fast paced lifestyles. This is a review of a popular OTC or Over The Counter treatment, Prilosec. At the end of “Home Remedy Network – Acid Reflux Treatment – Prilosec OTC Review” there are other links to reviews of Prilosec.

Acid Reflux OTC Treatment

Does Prilosec Work

The world of living with acid reflux disease is one that is more familiar to many people. Stress along with a diet of fast foods has caused the incidence of acid reflux disease to increase. A common ingredient in many Over The Counter or OTC acid reflux disease treatments is omeprazole. Omeprazole is part of a family of drugs that is known as proton pump inhibitors or PPIs.  It is most often used to treat certain common stomach as well as esophagus issues. These include issues like acid reflux, ulcers etc. Omeprazole works simply by decreasing the level of acid produced by the stomach. Prilosec is used for relief from symptoms know as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. Prilosec claims to heal acid damage in the stomach as well as the esophagus, help to prevent ulcers, and claims to help prevent the occurrence of cancer of the esophagus.

It is important to use Prilosec as directed, especially if you are using it on your own and not under the direction of a physician. You will not see results for anywhere from one to four days after you start using Prilosec.  Prilosec is taken orally, most often once a day before a meal. You should not take more than the recommended dosage and you should not take Prilosec, if you are taking other medications, without first consulting a physician. Prilosec should be taken whole along with a full glass of water.

While you should take Prilosec on a regular basis in order to get the most benefit, you should not take more than fourteen consecutive days without consulting a physician. If your condition continues to get worse or you don’t receive any relief, you should contact a physician immediately. Here is a list of the possible side effects:

 

Side Effects Experienced By Prilosec Users

Here is a list of the side effects experienced by users of Prilosec grouped by severity:

Less Severe

Diarrhea Common But Less Severe
Head Pain Common But Less Severe
Stomach Cramps Common But Less Severe

Backache Infrequent But Less Severe
Chest Pain Infrequent But Less Severe

Dizzy Infrequent But Less Severe
Feel Like Throwing Up Infrequent But Less Severe
Feeling Weak Infrequent But Less Severe
Fever Infrequent But Less Severe
Gas Infrequent But Less Severe
Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel Movements Infrequent But Less Severe
Itching Infrequent But Less Severe

Throwing Up Infrequent But Less Severe

Abnormal Stool Color Rare But Less Severe
Benign Polyps in Stomach Rare But Less Severe
Blurred Vision Rare But Less Severe
Cramps Rare But Less Severe
Dry Eye Rare But Less Severe
Dry Mouth Rare But Less Severe
Dry Skin Rare But Less Severe
Enlarged Breasts Rare But Less Severe
Excessive Sweating Rare But Less Severe
Fluid Retention in the Legs, Feet, Arms or Hands Rare But Less Severe
Hair Loss Rare But Less Severe
High Blood Pressure Rare But Less Severe
Inadequate Vitamin B12 Rare But Less Severe
Irritable Colon Rare But Less Severe
Joint Pain Rare But Less Severe
Large Purple or Brown Skin Blotches Rare But Less Severe
Loss of Appetite Rare But Less Severe

Low Amount of Magnesium in the Blood Rare But Less Severe
Low Energy Rare But Less Severe
Muscle Pain Rare But Less Severe
Not Feeling Well Rare But Less Severe
Numbness and Tingling Rare But Less Severe
Pain Rare But Less Severe
Painful, Red or Swollen Mouth Rare But Less Severe
Rash Rare But Less Severe
Ringing in the Ears Rare But Less Severe
Sensation of Spinning or Whirling Rare But Less Severe
Skin Inflammation Rare But Less Severe
Small Reddish-Purplish Pin-Point Sized Spots on the Skin Rare But Less Severe
Sun-Sensitive Skin Rare But Less Severe
Swelling of the Abdomen Rare But Less Severe
Taste Problems Rare But Less Severe

Severe
Acute Infection of the Nose, Throat or Sinus Infrequent But Severe

Cough Less Infrequent But Severe
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Rare But Severe
Abnormal Liver Function Tests Rare But Severe
Acquired Decrease of All Cells in the Blood Rare But Severe
Anemia Rare But Severe
Atrophic Gastritis Rare But Severe
Bloody Urine Rare But Severe
Broken Bone Rare But Severe
Bronchospasm Rare But Severe
Clostridium Difficile Bacteria Related Colitis Rare But Severe
Decreased Blood Platelets Rare But Severe
Decreased Neutrophils a Type of White Blood Cell Rare But Severe
Decreased White Blood Cells Rare But Severe
Deficiency of Granulocytes a Type of White Blood Cell Rare But Severe
Elevation of Proteins in the Urine Rare But Severe
Erythema Multiforme Rare But Severe
Eye Disease Caused by Blood Flow Problems Rare But Severe
Fungal Infection of the Esophagus Rare But Severe
Giant Hives Rare But Severe
Hepatitis Rare But Severe
Hives Rare But Severe
Increase of White Blood Cells Rare But Severe
Interstitial Nephritis Rare But Severe
Life Threatening Allergic Reaction Rare But Severe
Liver Failure Rare But Severe
Low Amount of Sodium in the Blood Rare But Severe
Low Blood Sugar Rare But Severe
Pancreatitis Rare But Severe
Reaction due to an Allergy Rare But Severe
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Rare But Severe
Sudden Blindness and Pain Upon Moving the Eye Rare But Severe
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Rare But Severe
Urinary Tract Infection Rare But Severe

While this should not be considered a complete list of the possible or experienced side effects it is comprehensive. In the event that you experience these, or any other side effects,  you should contact your personal doctor or pharmacist.

In the US –

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

For many it is better to use natural methods of treating acid reflux. There are several articles contained on this and other websites which discuss natural relief from acid reflux disease. You should not use natural methods of treating acid reflux disease, if you are taking prescription medications or other OTC options, without consulting with your personal physician.

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