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After taking prilosec, stools started turning black, the day after i quit taking it they were brown again. This has happened before the same way.

After taking prilosec, stools started turning black, the day after i quit taking it they were brown again. This has happened before the same way.

Black stools...: Black stools can either be from foods or medicines ingested or a sign of GI tract bleeding. Common foods that cause black stools include collard greens and beets. Medicines associated with black stools include bismuth containing products (e.g. Pepto-bismol) and iron supplements. Prilosec does not cause black stools. I suggest you see your doctor to rule out GI bleeding. ...Read more

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Omeprazole (Definition)

Omeprazole is the generic equivalent of prilosec, the first oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor ...Read more


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Is expired Prilosec ok to take?

Is expired Prilosec ok to take?

Expired Med Use: Pharmaceutical manufacturers issue expiration dates that insures potency, use after that date, there is no guarantee that there is sufficient medication to control your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is Prilosec a well tolerated pill?

Is Prilosec a well tolerated pill?

For a short period: Like nearly all meds Prilosec has many side effects but it is well-tolerated by most. However, it is quite hazardous to take it for a prolonged period of time (more than a few months) as it can lead to very serious, even life-threatening side effects- see http://www.Naturalnews.Com/036336_ppis_acid_reflux_side_effects.Html. ...Read more

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Ok to take Prilosec every other day?

Yes: As long as it works for you. Consider taking magnesium supplement since Prilosec may reduce absorption of this mineral ...Read more

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Could u take geri-lanta with prilosec?

Could u take geri-lanta with prilosec?

Yes for a short time: Geri-lanta (aluminum/magnesium/simethecone) is indicated for upset stomach, heartburn bloating/gas. It works on neutralizing acid in the stomach. Prilosec(omeprazole) suppress acid production.Take ger-lanta after meals/at bedtime as needed for 1-2 weeks and Prilosec 30 minutes before breakfast for at most 2 weeks. If symptoms persist/worsen see a doctor. Side effects headache/diarrhea/constipation. ...Read more

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Can you take Prilosec and pepid tohether?

You can: The two medicines work in a different way but for the same purpose . I would not recommend for you to take both of them since you can take care of your problem with one of them whether you have gerd , peptic ulcer disease . There is step up and step down approach of treatment for GI condition the two medications are used . Omeprazole is stronger and more effective then Pepcid (famotidine) . Try Pepcid (famotidine) first. ...Read more

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Is there anything I take along with my prilosec?

Not Clear: Are you taking Prilosec for acid reflux disease. It works about 90%. In a small group we have to double the dose, means take 2 pills 20 mg each 30 minues before breakfast. Not better see a specialist. ...Read more

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How long would Prilosec (omerprazole) take to work?

It is pretty quick: Prilosec is a potent ppi drug which stops production of stomach acid within a matter of 2-3 hours. So in that regard you should have relief of acid symptoms within one or two days but you have to continue taking it for several days to 6-8 weeks depending on your symptoms., to obtain maximum benefit. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Prilosec to start working?

PPI: This medication is a proton pump inhibitor and at its max effectiveness it will inhibit 66% of your acid secretion after five days. This medication is not useful to take on as needed basis, and if you do so, it can cause rebound acidity. In short, five days for it to start working at it's peak potential. ...Read more

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What is the danger in taking Prilosec for longer than 14 days?

Not much: The reason warnings are placed on non-rx meds, is because users may not be under a physician's care, so they may not even be choosing the right diagnosis or therapy. Prilosec and related drugs have much greater benefits than risks. ...Read more

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Do I have to wait exactly 12 hrs to take my next dose of prilosec? I take 2 20 mg a day

Do I have to wait exactly  12 hrs to take my next dose of prilosec? I take 2 20 mg a day

Usually not exactly: Patients should try to take the pills 12 hours apart, but in real life, people probably take them 10-14 hours apart. If a patient's doctor feels taking the pills exactly 12 hours apart is very important for that particular patient, she can follow the doctor's recommendations and set her alarm for 12 hours apart. ...Read more

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If cutting back from two Prilosec tablets to one a day, is it best to take it in the morning or evening?

Am or pm: When do you most commonly have your symptoms - during the day or in the evening? Do you have any untoward side effects of Prilosec like tiredness? What time of day is it most likely that you would remember to take it? What did you doctor advise? Did md advise dropping the dose? ...Read more

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Is it considered a dangerous overdose if I take my perscription Prilosec 20 mg 3 times a day instead of once?

Is it considered a dangerous overdose if I take my perscription Prilosec 20 mg 3 times a day instead of once?

Likely fine...: ... If just done once or twice. If you're using more of it because your symptoms aren't controlled with the prescribed dose, you should definitely let your doctor know. ...Read more