Although most people tolerate Prilosec® (omeprazole) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about possible Prilosec dangers that may apply to you. Some of the most common Prilosec side effects include:
- Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
- Upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold
- Back pain.
Although side effects of Prilosec tend to be minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider, there are some serious side effects of the medication that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as hallucinations, depression, or yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin.
Other Prilosec warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives). Also, you may not be able to take Prilosec if you have medical conditions such as liver disease.
(Click Prilosec Side Effects and Prilosec Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential Prilosec dangers to be aware of before starting treatment with this medication. This article also explains what to tell your healthcare provider before using Prilosec and who may not be able to safely use the medication.)