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Prilosec® (omeprazole) is a prescription medication used to treat several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Specifically, Prilosec can help treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), duodenal ulcers, and H. pylori infections. There is also an over-the-counter Prilosec OTC® (omeprazole magnesium) available for treating heartburn. Prilosec OTC is approved to treat frequent heartburn that occurs at least twice a week.
When using Prilosec for heartburn, the medication works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. As a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication, Prilosec is very effective at decreasing acid production. The stomach contains tiny pumps (called proton pumps) that produce acid. The medication works by binding to these proton pumps, stopping the production of acid.
Prescription Prilosec comes in capsule form or as packets used to mix an oral suspension (liquid). It is taken by mouth once or twice a day. The over-the-counter version is available in tablet form. Prescription Prilosec is available in the following strengths:
The over-the-counter version is available in one strength -- Prilosec OTC 20 mg tablets.
(Click Prilosec for a more in-depth look at using Prilosec medication for heartburn and other conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. This article also discusses how Prilosec works and offers information on general precautions, dosages, and potential side effects.)