Prilosec 40 mg Capsules
Of the three strengths of Prilosec® (omeprazole) on the market, Prilosec 40 mg capsules are the highest strength available. A healthcare provider may recommend Prilosec to treat certain conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, or intestines. The dose of Prilosec your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, such as the specific medical condition being treated.
Prilosec Dose for Gastric Ulcers
The recommended Prilosec dose for stomach ulcers (gastric ulcers) is Prilosec 40 mg capsules once daily for four to eight weeks.
Prilosec Dose for GERD and Erosive Esophagitis
The recommended Prilosec dose for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is Prilosec 20 mg once daily for up to four weeks. For people with GERD and erosive esophagitis, the recommended dose is Prilosec 20 mg for four to eight weeks. Prilosec can be continued if needed to prevent erosive esophagitis from returning.
Prilosec Dose for Pathological Hypersecretory Conditions
People with pathological hypersecretory conditions (such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome) usually require higher Prilosec dosages. The recommended dose is Prilosec 60 mg once daily, although some people may need even higher doses. Doses of Prilosec larger than 80 mg should be split up into two or three smaller doses per day.
(Click Prilosec Dosage for more information on using Prilosec for treating various types of conditions that affect the stomach, intestines, or esophagus. This article also discusses Prilosec dosing guidelines for other conditions, such as H. pylori infections and duodenal ulcers, as well as dosing guidelines for children.)