What is Omeprazole for:
This medication is a proton pump inhibitor, prescribed for indigestion, peptic ulcer and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORDGERD). It works by decreasing stomach acid production.
How does Omeprazole work:
Omeprazole helps avoid harm to the GI (gastrointestinal) tract caused by stomach acid or infection.
How should Omeprazole be used:
It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, before food. PO- The recommended adult oral dose is 20 mg once daily.
Common side effects of Omeprazole :
Headache. Belly pain. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. Loose stools (diarrhea). Hip, spine, or wrist fractures may rarely happen.
What do I do if I miss a dose
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
What precautions should I take when taking Omeprazole :
If you have an allergy to omeprazole or any other part of this drug. – Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
When do I need to seek medical help
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very bad dizziness or passing out. A fast heartbeat. Very bad belly pain. Very loose stools (diarrhea). Very upset stomach or throwing up. Any bruising or bleeding. Very bad bone pain. Very bad muscle pain or weakness. Seizures. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Can I take Omeprazole with other medicines:
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. – Taking them together can cause bad side effects. – Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Are there any food restrictions
How do I store Omeprazole :
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. – Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Antacids, Antireflux Agents & Antiulcerants