Prilosec is a drug that is used for the digestive system, specifically to treat problems or pathologies related to the acidity of the stomach. For this reason, it is common to confuse its use with antacids, which are medications indicated for treating occasional stomach and immediate acidity. However, Prilosec is used as a treatment in the medium and long term, and begins to become noticeable after taking it for a few days. But does it really work?
Prilosec is taken in case of having a stomach disorder
To be able to digest food, specifically, the bolus that is created after crushing and mixed with a saliva which is made in the mouth, the stomach secretes gastric game. This is composed of different substances, including hydrochloric acid. How much more amount of hydrochloric acid contains the gastric juice, this will be more acidic. Therefore, when sometimes we digest excessive amounts of food, stomach needs to secrete more acid hydrochloric and gives us that feeling of acidity, regulating the intake of antacid medications.
When this secretion is produced by abnormal or constant due to a disease, you need to carry out a more extensive treatment, excess hydrochloric acid is corrosive to any tissue of the body. Thus, what makes the Omeparazole is to reduce in large quantity (up to 80%) secretion of hydrochloric acid by inhibiting stomach Proton pump or pump electrogenica, which releases a Proton to form the compound.
In which case we would need to take Prilosec
Prilosec can be obtained by prescription or non-prescription, depending on the amount and the purpose that we buy it, however, doctors and pharmacists warn not to take it on those occasions in which we suffer heartburn. It can only be prescribed by our doctor and we will have to follow their instructions to take it, it will usually consist in one capsule daily.
Prilosec is administered to treat and prevent stomach conditions, and is often prescribed in the following situations: gastroesophageal reflux disease, syndrome Zollinger-Ellison, ulcers or disorders caused by the bacterium Helicobater Pylory. Our doctor may also prescribe it ourselves if we are following a continued treatment with other drugs that may cause us damage in the stomach, most commonly it is anti-inflammatory.
Does Prilosec harmful to health?
A study published in 2013 in the journal of the American Medical Association (Journal of the American Medical Association), concluded that patients which use Omeprazol was related to vitamin B12 deficiency (the cause would be that to reduce acid in the stomach is not it digeriría correctly) and, therefore, those who consume it in the long run could have more likely consequences such as anemia and neurological disorders , such as memory leaks. A great alarm was created as a result of the same media, and began to spread the idea that Prilosec was detrimental to health and could cause dementia.
Prilosec should be always used under the instructions of our medical staff.
However, many experts in pharmacology and medicine, especially in the digestive system, such as the Spanish Foundation of the digestive apparatus (FEAD), have been informed of the real risks of consumption of Prilosec, which are not as many as it was believed as a result of an incorrect interpretation of that article.
These reviews reveal that you taking Prilosec in the correct quantities, which indicates our doctor, have risks. In addition, short of data and most complete studies to conclude whether Prilosec causes deficits of vitamin B12 and to what extent. However, if such deficiency, its effects do not appear suddenly, and it would be possible to identify it before serious consequences occur. In addition, such a situation could be compensated with B12 vitamins.
Therefore, if our doctor prescribe us Prilosec as treatment, or we are already taking it, but we are not sure of their possible consequences to health, nobody better than him to tell us about the balance between risks and benefits. As always happens with drugs, in case of pregnancy you will have to consult a physician about whether we can continue with the treatment.