The generic version of Prilosec is omeprazole, states WebMD. It comes in capsule form as omeprazole and in oral suspension as omeprazole magnesium, according to RxList. Both formulations are delayed release.
Omeprazole inhibits gastric acid secretion, states RxList. By decreasing the amount of acid the stomach creates, this drug helps relieve certain ailments of the stomach and esophagus, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and duodenal and stomach ulcers, explains WebMD and RxList. Omeprazole alleviates heartburn, difficulty swallowing and persistent cough.
Omeprazole works in conjunction with certain antibiotics to treat helicobacter pylori bacterial infections, notes RxList. This type of infection causes duodenal ulcers.
Omeprazole heals acid damage to the esophagus and stomach, explains WebMD. It prevents ulcers and cancer of the esophagus.