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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
PRILOSEC is a medication that belongs to a group called proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that are used to decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is used to treat ulcers, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux, or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and promotes healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid).
It works by blocking acid production in the stomach. This medicine may be used in combination with antibiotics (e.g., amoxicillin, clarithromycin) to treat certain types of ulcers. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
PRILOSEC is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Some conditions are treated with a combination of PRILOSEC and antibiotics. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the patient instructions provided with the medication. Do not change your doses of medication schedule without your doctor's advice.
Active Ingredient: Omeprazole
Patients should not use PRILOSEC if they are allergic to omeprazole or to any other benzimidazole medication such as albendazole (Albenza), or mebendazole (Vermox). Ask a doctor if it is safe for you to take PRILOSEC if you have liver disease or heart disease, or low levels of magnesium in your blood.
Do not use PRILOSEC without the advice of a doctor if you have any of the following:
It is also unknown whether PRILOSEC will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. PRILOSEC can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking this medication.
The most common side effects of PRILOSEC are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, rash and dizziness. Nervousness, abnormal heartbeat, muscle pain, weakness, leg cramps, and water retention occur infrequently.
Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms of low magnesium:
High doses and long-term use (1 year or longer) may increase the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. Therefore, it is important to use the lowest doses and shortest duration of treatment necessary for the condition being treated.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.