Prilosec and similar proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs) drastically reduce stomach acid. You should assume there’s a good reason or two why we have acidic stomach juice in the first place. One reason is to prevent infection.
I see two many patients who are put on these drugs for a good reason, but they keep taking them after the drug has finished its job.
An “as needed” H2 blocker like Pepcid may be a reasonable substitute for PPIs. Check with your personal physician.
Steve Parker, M.D.
PS: If you take a PPI for frequent heartburn, note that low-carb diets help prevent heartburn.