Prilosec Medication for GERD
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.
When using Prilosec medication for GERD in clinical studies, it was shown that up to 56 percent of people had complete relief from their GERD symptoms, compared to 14 percent of people not taking the medication. These studies also showed that Prilosec helped to heal esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) due to GERD and helped keep erosive esophagitis from returning.
Prilosec is part of a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). 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. Prilosec is very effective at decreasing acid production.
(Click Prilosec for a more in-depth look at using Prilosec medication for GERD 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.)