Alternatives to Omeprazole
Omeprazole (Prilosec®) is a prescription medication approved for treating GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and other conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. It belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, which work by blocking the production of stomach acid.
There are also many alternatives to omeprazole, including other proton pump inhibitors and other drug classes. Other medications commonly used for treating GERD include antacids, foaming agents, H2 blockers, and promotility medicines. These products may be available by prescription or over the counter.
If you develop any side effects during treatment or do not respond well to omeprazole, you may want to consider an alternative.
(Click Medication for GERD to learn more about the various alternatives to omeprazole and to find out how each group of drugs works for GERD.)