The food which we intake is breaks down by the stomach acid to facilitate the digestion.This acid does it by producing a digestive enzyme called pepsin that breaks down the food into the amino acid bonds and this process is called proteolysis.So when there is indigestion of food particles in the stomach it resultant in the stomach acid. It is usually known with the name of gastric acid which is produced inside the stomach.
The stomach acid is consist of hydrochloric acid and chlorides of potassium and calcium, it is caused by the secretion of the stomach having pH value of 1-2. This gastric acid helps in maintaining an acidic enivornment in the stomach protects it from infection from microrganisms.The secretion starts from when we take food so acid is required for proper digestion of food and help in breaking down the food.
The main caues of the hyper acidity in the stomach is due to the unheathly eating habits as it lead to excessive secretion of hydrocholric acid and some food which increases the acid level are coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, junk foods etc. Other causes are skipping of meals, lack of important nutrients like vitamins and mineral required by stomach for the production of acid. It is observed the the older people have suffered more than young ones.
The symptoms the stomach acid are:
(1) Bloating in stomach
(2) Burning of stomach
(4) Sensation of heartburn
(6) Sometimes pain in stomach
(7) Uncomfortable and ineasiness feeling
(8) Undisgested particles of food in stool
For the treatment of gastric acid secretion in the stomach Prilosec is the number one choice of doctor or health care professionals. This medicne belomgs to the group of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. It decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Prilosec is used to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. To treat gastric ulcer Prilosec can be given withantibiotics. Omeprazole is the main ingredient of this medicine. It reduces gastric acid secretion and increases gastric mucus and bicarbonate production, creating protective coating on gastric mucosa and easing discomfort from excess gastric acid.
Few precaution needs to be taken before taking this medicine to avoid any side effect. It should not be atken by people who are allergic to this medicine or to its ingredient. This medication may hide the symptoms of stomach cancer. The doctor should be careful with patients using this medication. Use of this medicine is not recommended for pregnant and breast feeding mother wihout doctor recommendation as use of this medication may harm the health of unborn baby or nursed child.
Please note that you should not increase or decrease the dose of the medicine on your own as it may lead to serious side efect. The recommended dosage of Prilosec is 20 mg daily for 4 weeks. This medicine should be taken with full galss opf water before the first meal of the day. Take your medicine as prescribed by the doctor. Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. Keep his medicine away from the reach of the children.