What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug if you have:
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Low blood magnesium (hypomagnesemia)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Prilosec and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Prilosec and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Omeprazole to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
- Duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the very first part of the intestine after the stomach).
- Helicobacter pylori infections associated with duodenal ulcers -- it is used in combination with antibiotics to eliminate H. pylori bacteria in the stomach, helping to heal duodenal ulcers.
- Benign (noncancerous) gastric ulcers (or stomach ulcers).
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- it helps to treat GERD by relieving heartburn and healing esophagitis (damage to the esophagus).
- Pathological hypersecretory conditions -- it helps to treat these conditions (when too much stomach acid is produced), such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Nonprescription omeprazole is approved to treat frequent heartburn (that occurs at least twice a week).
(Click What Is Omeprazole Used For? for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)