I just had a gastroscopy today and my doctor saw some inflammation in my esophagus and stomach. He prescribed omeprazole once a day with 6 refills (which means a long term course). I absolutely hate taking drugs because I'm terrified of side effects. Has anyone taken this drug before? (I know it's pretty common for GERD). Any side effects? I do not want to gain weight and I've read that this can be a side effect (although rare) with this drug. Also, I rarely (if ever) experience heartburn-like symptoms... is this drug typically prescribed for inflammation of the upper GI tract, even without heartburn??I know these are questions I should ask my dr, and I plan on doing that, but he's not the easiest person to get in touch with, so I figured I'd start here.Also, my doctor knows me pretty well, and knows that I do not like taking medications unless absolutely necessary... I guess I'm a little confused as to why he would just sling this at me.