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Is It Safe to Take Prilosec Every Day?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that patients should not take the heartburn drug Prilosec (generic: omeprazole) for more than 14 days at a time, as overuse may lead to serious side effects including chronic kidney disease (CKD), interstitial nephritis, heart attack, bone fractures and more.
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Prilosec users who were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or other kidney injury after taking Prilosec or other proton pump inhibitors should contact us immediately for a free consultation.

Injury victims who developed kidney disease or other kidney problems after taking Prilosec or other heartburn medications may be entitled to financial compensation for medical costs and lost wages by filing a lawsuit and our law firm can help. Please click the button below for a Free Consultation or call our law firm 24 hrs/day by dialing (866) 588-0600 for legal action.

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Why is Prilosec a 14-Day Treatment?

Prilosec (generic: omeprazole) is designed to start working on the first day of treatment; however, it may take 1 to 4 days for full effect (although some people get complete relief within 24 hours). Taking Prilosec every day for 14 days helps to ensure that acid production is consistently controlled.

What are the Side Effects of Long-Term Prilosec Use?

Serious side effects of long-term use of Prilosec or other proton pump inhibitor heartburn medication may include:

  • Acute interstitial nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys)
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Heart attack
  • Bone fractures (hip fracture, wrist fracture, spine fracture)
  • Broken bones
  • Low magnesium levels (hypomagnesemia)

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How Can I Get Off Prilosec Naturally?

If you have been relying on Prilosec or another PPI heartburn drug for six months or longer, you may want to consider tapering down your dose instead of stopping cold turkey. Tapering down effectively involves reducing your dose by 50% every week. Once you are on the lowest dose for one full week, you can try quitting your proton pump inhibitor altogether.

How Can I Get Rid of Acid Reflux Permanently?

Lifestyle changes that may help reduce the frequency of acid reflux include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight 
  • Stop smoking
  • Elevate the head of your bed
  • Start on your left side
  • Don't lie down after a meal
  • Eat food slowly and chew thoroughly
  • Avoid foods and drinks that trigger reflux
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing

What's the Difference Between PPIs and H2 Blockers?

Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec work by shutting down pumps that release acid into your stomach. PPIs require a 14-day regimen, are intended to treat frequent heartburn, and are not intended for immediate relief.

H2 blockers like Pepcid AC are intended to treat unexpected heartburn and lower the amount of acid your stomach produces by blocking the histamine receptors in your stomach that are responsible for triggering acid production. H2 blockers start relieving heartburn symptoms in 15-30 minutes and control acid for up to 12 hours.

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The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on legal representation of plaintiffs in proton pump inhibitor lawsuits. We are handling potential Prevacid class action lawsuits nationwide and currently represent clients of Prevacid-induced injury cases in all 50 states.

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