How To Use This Medicine
Omeprazole is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Take this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it was prescribed for you.
Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended
by your doctor. Follow the directions on the medicine label or on your prescription
label. Take each dose of omeprazole with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Omeprazole is usually taken before eating. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Do not crush, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow the
pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body.
Breaking or opening the pill would cause too much of the drug to be
released at one time.
You may open the delayed-release capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful
of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow this mixture right away without chewing.
Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.
Prilosec OTC (over-the-counter) should be taken only once every 24 hours for 14 days. Take
the medicine in the morning before you eat breakfast. It may take up to 4 days for
full effect. Do not take more than one tablet every 24 hours.
Allow at least 4 months to pass before you start another 14-day treatment with
Prilosec OTC. Call your doctor if you have additional symptoms and need treatment before
the 4 months has passed.
Do not crush, chew, or break a Prilosec OTC tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Take
this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may
get better before your treatment is completed. Call your doctor if your symptoms do
not improve or if they get worse while you are taking this medicine. Store omeprazole at
room temperature away from moisture and heat.