Prilosec is both an over-the-counter and a prescription medication. The over-the-counter form is used to treat heartburn. The prescription form is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), certain ulcers, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, erosive esophagitis (EE), and infections cause by the bacteria H. pylori.
Prilosec belongs to a group of drugs called proton-pump inhibitors, which work by reducing the amount of acid made in the stomach.
This medication comes in delayed capsule form and in packets to be mixed with water to form a liquid (suspension). It is taken once or twice daily, one hour before a meal.
Common side effects of Prilosec include headache, stomach pain, and nausea.
Prilosec Drug Class
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