Facts about Prilosec side effects

Prilosec side effects :
a look at Purpose, Use and Impact

Prilosec (Omeprazole) is used to prevent ulcers and to treat other conditions where the stomach produces too much acid. It decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach.

Prilosec side effects and interactions

In deciding to use Prilosec, the risks must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For omeprazole, the following should be considered:

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to omeprazole. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.

Studies have not been done in humans. However, studies in animals have shown that omeprazole may cause harm to the fetus.

Omeprazole may pass into the breast milk. Experience shows that there may be unwanted Prilosec effects, such as tumors and cancer in animals, it may be necessary for you to take another medicine or to stop breast-feeding during treatment. Be sure you have discussed the risks and benefits of the medicine with your doctor.

There is no specific information comparing the use of omeprazole in children with use in other age groups.

Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of omeprazole in the elderly with use in other age groups.

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking omeprazole, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking any of the following: Anticoagulants (blood thinners), Diazepam (e.g., Valium), Phenytoin (e.g., Dilantin) or Warfarin (e.g., Coumadin). Use of these medicines may increase the chance of Prilosec side effects

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of omeprazole. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially liver disease or a history of liver disease. This condition may cause omeprazole to build up in the body.

Observed Prilosec side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Prilosec side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following Prilosec side effects occur:

Rarely Observed

Back, leg, or stomach pain; bleeding or crusting sores on lips; blisters; bloody or cloudy urine; chills; continuing ulcers or sores in mouth; difficult, burning, or painful urination; fever; frequent urge to urinate; general feeling of discomfort or illness; joint pain; loss of appetite; muscle aches or cramps ; pain; red or irritated eyes; redness, tenderness, itching, burning, or peeling of skin; skin rash or itching; sore throat ; sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips, in mouth, or on genitals; unusual bleeding or bruising ; unusual tiredness or weakness.

Prilosec side effects from overdose

Blurred vision; confusion; drowsiness; dryness of mouth; fast or irregular heartbeat; flushing ; general feeling of discomfort or illness; headache; increased sweating; nausea; vomiting.

Other Prilosec side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

Abdominal or stomach pain.

Less Commonly Observed

Back pain; body aches or pain; chest pain; constipation; cough; diarrhea or loose stools; difficulty in breathing; dizziness; ear congestion; gas; headache; heartburn; loss of voice; muscle pain; nasal congestion; nausea and vomiting; runny nose; skin rash or itching; sneezing; unusual drowsiness; unusual tiredness.

Other Prilosec side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

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