Prilosec is known in the medical world as a proton pump inhibitor. The basic function of this type of drug is to provide long-lasting relief of stomach or esophagus problems caused by an over production of gastric acid. Prilosec restricts the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec have become the most commonly used medications to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflex disease), erosive esophagitis and stomach ulcers. If you suffer with any of these disorders you will know just how distressing the symptoms can be. You have constant heartburn, or a cough that won’t stop (causing you to lose sleep) or difficulty in swallowing.

If any of these gastro-related disorders are left untreated, there is a serious risk of long term damage being caused to your digestive system, and you might even be at risk of esophagus cancer. GERD is particularly distressing because the excess stomach acid keeps coming up your throat. This is known as acid reflux.

A stomach ulcer (or peptic ulcer) can be the cause of these symptoms. It is exactly what its name implies, i.e. an ulcer on the lining of your stomach. Ulcers can be caused by stress or medications like aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. An ulcer causes excruciating pain.

Prilosec also provides tremendous relief to another acid-related condition called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This involves the formation of tumors in the duodenum or the pancreas (both in some cases). The tumors are the cause of an excess production of acid which leads to the formation of ulcers in the duodenum. Although Zollinger-Ellison is very rare, it is dangerous because it can spread to other organs.

Doctors all over the world consider Prilosec an effective and safe drug so if you suffer with heartburn or any of the other medical problems mentioned in this article, ask your doctor about the benefits of Prilosec.