Prilosec is the trade name for omeprazole. Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that is used to treat conditions that are caused by too much stomach acid. These conditions include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and heartburn. Proton pump inhibitors decrease stomach acid by blocking the enzyme in the stomach wall that produces acid. It is recommended that Prilosec be taken over a 14 day period and not be used for immediate relief of heartburn.
Prilosec is manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and distributed by Procter & Gamble (P&G). Prilosec OTC (over the counter) is sold over the counter at drugstores and discount retail stores. It is available in packages with 14, 28 or 42 tablets. Prilosec is also available by prescription and online. It was first available in 1988 as a prescription medication and was first sold over the counter in 2003. The same active ingredient, omeprazole, is in prescription Prilosec and Prilosec OTC. There are also inactive ingredients in Prilosec OTC. Prilosec OTC tablets are delayed-release tablets.
The Prilosec OTC website has information about how Prilosec OTC works and a list of all ingredients in the medication. Information about Prilosec coupons and how to obtain Prilosec free samples is available on this site.
Prilosec coupons for Prilosec OTC are sometimes available in P&G coupon booklets which are inserted in some newspapers. An online search can be done by state or zip code through one of the Procter & Gamble sites to see which newspapers have these booklets. The Prilosec coupons in these booklets can be used to get as much as $3.00 off a package of Prilosce OTC. People can sign up online to receive Procter & Gamble coupons. These coupons will include Prilosec coupons. Printable coupons for Prilosec OTC may occasionally be available online. Printable coupons are not accepted by all stores.
Prilosec OTC is sometimes on sale at retail stores. Prilosec coupons can be used to take an additional amount off the price of Prilosec that is on sale to provide further savings. A free sample of Prilosec OTC can be requested through one of the Procter & Gamble sites as well as a few other websites. Walmart has given away samples of Prilosec OTC to those who requested them online.
People who are interested in taking Prilosec OTC to relieve heartburn and other conditions can save money by using Prilosec coupons. Prilosec OTC can be purchased at reduced prices from online drugstores. Some of these stores offer Prilosec OTC for up to 17% off the retail price. Coupons for further savings are sometimes available for use on these sites. Rebates for up to $6.00 off a package of Prilosec OTC have been offered at drugstores.