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When and How to Take ItSome general considerations for when and how to take Prilosec include the following:
- 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.
- The medication is best taken on an empty stomach, half an hour before a meal.
- The capsules should not be chewed or crushed, as they contain tiny granules with a special coating that prevents stomach acid from destroying the medication. Prilosec OTC tablets should not be cut, crushed, or chewed.
- For people who have difficulty swallowing capsules, Prilosec capsules (but not tablets) can be opened and the contents sprinkled onto a spoonful of applesauce. The applesauce should not be hot and should be swallowed (without chewing) immediately.
- For the oral suspension, the contents of one packet are mixed with a certain amount of water (which varies, depending on the strength), left to sit for two or three minutes to thicken, and taken within 30 minutes. Rinse out the container with a small amount of water and drink the contents if any of the drug remains.
- Take your dose(s) at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Prilosec will not work if you stop taking it.