Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturer of the popular brand of Omeprazole called Prilosec, states the following in terms of the uses, treatments, and symptoms for this medication:
Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) commonly used as a treatment against stomach and esophageal ailments like ulcers and acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
Omeprazole takes effect by block a certain system in the cells found in the stomach known as the proton pump. The proton pump is responsible for the last stager, of acid production in the stomach, so by inhibiting the proton pump, the stomach is forced to prevent less acid thereby decreasing the symptoms of persistent coughing, stomach pains, heartburn and difficulty swallowing. It has also proven effective healing damage done to the stomach and esophagus by stomach acid, preventing ulcers and may have the potential to prevent esophageal cancer. It is important to note that Omeprazole does not provide immediate relief against heartburn and may take up to 4 days to take full effect.
These declarations come from the manufacturer of this medication and should not constitute medical advice. Please consult a doctor to see if this medication is right for you and how you should use it. Relief Seeker provides information about products and their manufacturers and does not offer any medical advice.