I have had terrible acid reflux for years, but haven't thought much of it. My doctor prescribed Prilosec OTC as a trial at first, suggesting I take a tablet before a meal twice daily.
I decided to go with the trial. The biggest con about Prilosec OTC was that I had to take it a half hour before the necessary two meals. Prilosec OTC also takes one to three days to work effectively.
When the medicine does kick in, however, the effect is great. I haven't felt a serious heartburn in several months. This medicine does work effectively as long as you take it as prescribed. It's also covered by insurance (or else it was by mine), which made it even better! I highly recommend Prilosec OTC. However, speak to your doctor before trying it out for yourself.