Prilosec is generally effective at treating several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. However, it is possible that the medicine may not work well enough to control a person's symptoms, or that bothersome side effects of Prilosec may occur. In these situations, a healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to Prilosec. These Prilosec alternatives can include diet or other lifestyle changes, other medications, or surgery.
Prilosec Alternatives: An OverviewPrilosec® (omeprazole) is a medication used for treating several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. These conditions include ulcers, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), heartburn, and other similar conditions. Although Prilosec can be effective in treating these conditions, for some people it does not work, or side effects may occur. Fortunately, there are several substitutes for Prilosec. Some of these Prilosec substitutes include:
- Diet or other lifestyle changes
- Other medications
Prilosec Alternatives ExplainedThe following sections discuss these Prilosec alternatives in more detail.
Diet Changes as Alternatives to Prilosec
Changes in diet may help to relieve symptoms, especially for mild heartburn or GERD. While a GERD diet may help with less serious conditions, diet alone is usually not enough for more serious conditions (see GERD Diet).
(You can also learn about other lifestyle changes by clicking on GERD Treatment.)