Omeprazole treats acid-induced inflammation and stomach ulcers and duodenum, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. It can be also combined with with antibiotics for eradicating H. pylori infection of the stomach.
The recommended dose for adults is 20-40 mg daily for ulcers, GERD and eradication of H. Pylori. H. pylori infections are treated for 10-28 days. Ulcer is usually healed within 4-8 weeks. Omeprazole OTC is recommended for more severe heartburn, it heals within for up to two weeks.
In case of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome the initial dose for adults is 60 mg daily, and the dose is adjusted based on the response of symptoms or the actual measurement of acid production. If your dose is more than 80 mg, it should be divided. In the treatment of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome Doses up to 120 mg are used three times a day.
Take Omeprazole tablets before meals for maximal efficacy, swallow whole and do not crush, chew or open.
Omeprazole belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) that block the production of stomach acid. This class contains lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), and esOmeprazole (Nexium). Proton pump inhibitors help to treat the conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome caused by the stomach acid. Lansoprazole belonging to the class of proton-pump inhibitors, blocks the enzyme the acid producing wall in the stomach. Caused by blocking the enzyme, acid production decreases and it, in turn, lets the stomach and esophagus to recover. Omeprazole OTC can be sold without a prescription.
If you miss to take a dose, do it as soon as you discover it. If the nearest time of taking an over-due dose is close to the next taking, skip the one to return to the regular scheme. Do not take two doses at once if it has not been prescribed by the doctor.
Keep at room temperature, 15-30 degrees C (59-86 degrees F). Keep away from moisture and light.
Prilosec Safety information
There exist no restriction on food, beverages, or activity during the Amoxicillin treatment if it is not directed by the doctor. Omeprazole potentially can raise the concentrations in blood of diazepam (Valium), warfarin (Coumadin), and phenytoin (Dilantin) by decreasing the liver elimination of these drugs. The certain drugs absorption may be affected by stomach acidity, and, as a result, Omeprazole and other PPIs that reduce stomach acid also reduce the absorption and concentration in blood of ketoconazole (Nizoral) and increase the absorption and concentration in blood of digoxin (Lanoxin). It can cause the reduction of effectiveness of ketoconazole or increased digoxin toxicity, respectively.
Prilosec Side effects
Prilosec, like other PPIs drugs, is well-tolerated. Among the most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, rash and dizziness. Sometimes Nervousness, abnormal heartbeat, muscle pain, weakness, leg cramps and water retention occur. Each dose of Omeprazole powder for oral suspension contains 460 mg of sodium, and this must be taken into account when a patient needs a sodium restricted diet.
- If you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty in breathing, throat closing, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives) stop taking Omeprazole and turn to the doctor immediately.
- Less serious side effects than those mentioned above can be more likely to occur. Turn to the doctor but keep taking Omeprazole if you have:
- drowsiness, dizziness, or headache;
- diarrhea, increased gas, or bloating; or
- There is the possibility of other side effects not mentioned here to occur. You should talk to your doctor if you experience any unusual or, especially, bothersome side affect.