Prilosec OTC

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Can I take Prilosec OTC® for more than 14 days?

Is Prilosec OTC expensive?

When should I consult a doctor about Prilosec OTC?

What is frequent heartburn, and how do I know if I have it?

Is Prilosec OTC the same as prescription Prilosec (omeprazole)?

How is Prilosec OTC different from many other over-the-counter (OTC) frequent heartburn 14 day course treatments?

When can I expect Prilosec OTC to start working?

Why do I have to take it for 14 days if my heartburn is gone? Can I stop once I get relief?

Can I take Prilosec OTC for more than 14 days?

If your heartburn continues or returns after 14 days of treatment, see your doctor before continuing treatment, as persistent frequent heartburn might be a sign of a more serious condition.

Is Prilosec OTC expensive?

Treatment with Prilosec OTC costs less than a dollar a day!1 Prilosec OTC is also covered under most flexible spending account plans if you have a doctor's prescription, so you can save even more.

When should I consult a doctor about Prilosec OTC?

As with any OTC drug, , it is important to read the Drug Facts found on the package, and use the medicine as directed. If you have questions regarding the label or use of Prilosec OTC, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking Prilosec OTC if you are taking:

  • Warfarin, clopidogrel, or cilostazol (blood-thinning medicines)
  • Prescription antifungal or anti-yeast medicines
  • Diazepam (anxiety medicine)
  • Digoxin (heart medicine)
  • Tacrolimus (immune system medicine)
  • Prescription antiretrovirals (medicines for HIV infection)

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What is frequent heartburn, and how do I know if I have it?

Frequent heartburn means heartburn that occurs two or more days a week. If you regularly take heartburn medications for your heartburn symptoms, you might have frequent heartburn.

Is Prilosec OTC the same as prescription Prilosec (omeprazole)?

Prilosec OTC delivers the same medicine at the same dose as the 20 mg prescription Prilosec. However, Prilosec OTC is available over-the-counter and is indicated for people with frequent heartburn (heartburn occurring two or more days a week). You should not take Prilosec OTC in place of your prescription medication unless directed by your doctor. Prescription Prilosec is indicated for acid-related conditions that Prilosec OTC is not.

How is Prilosec OTC different from many other over-the-counter (OTC) frequent heartburn 14 day course treatments?

Prilosec OTC works differently than many other OTC heartburn medications because it shuts down acid production at the source—the active acid pumps in the stomach. One daily dose of Prilosec OTC can work up to 24 hours.* Prilosec OTC is indicated for the treatment of frequent heartburn and is not for immediate relief.

When can I expect Prilosec OTC to start working?

Prilosec OTC works on the first day of your 14-day course of treatment, although it may take one to four days to have full effect. On Day 14 of a study, Prilosec OTC worked even better than on Day 1.2 Prilosec OTC should not be taken for longer than 14 days without consulting your doctor.

Why do I have to take it for 14 days if my heartburn is gone? Can I stop once I get relief?

Prilosec OTC starts to work on the very first day of treatment. Even though you might feel relief in the first few days, make sure to take the entire 14 days of dosing to treat your frequent heartburn. Taking Prilosec OTC every day for 14 days helps to ensure that acid production is consistently controlled.

Ask your doctor before taking Prilosec OTC if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding:

  • Had heartburn for more than three months. This might be a sign of a more serious condition.
  • Heartburn with lightheadedness, sweating, or dizziness
  • Chest pain or shoulder pain with shortness of breath; sweating; pain spreading to arms, neck, or shoulders; or lightheadedness
  • Frequent chest pain
  • Frequent wheezing, particularly with heartburn
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain

* It’s possible while taking Prilosec OTC. Use as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn. Do not take for more than 14 days or more often than every 4 months unless directed by a doctor. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Not for immediate relief.

Not for immediate relief.

Prilosec and Prilosec OTC are registered trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies.

References

1 P&G calculation based in part on nonpromoted and promoted weighted unit price for 14 ct, 28 ct, and 42 ct. All Outlet Sales (AOS) data in the U.S. market for the Stomach Remedies Category for the period latest week ending March 19, 2011

2 Data on file. The Procter & Gamble Company; 2000.

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* It’s possible with Prilosec OTC®. Use as directed for 14 days for treating frequent heartburn.

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