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omeprazole (prilosec)

available over the counter: no

uses: treatment of duodenal ulcers and conditions which cause increased gastric acid production, and gastroesophageal reflux

mechanism of action: blocks action of an enzyme in cells which line the stomach, thus decreasing production of gastric acid

side effects
• common:
diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, headache, dizziness
• less common: bloody or cloudy urine, sores or ulcers in the mouth, sore throat, fever, bruising or bleeding
• serious: none

concerns: do not take for more that 4 to 8 weeks, unless advised by physician

 

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