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OPEC 40MG TABLET contains Esomeprazole which belongs to the group of medicines called Proton pump inhibitors. It is used for the treatment of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) heartburn in adults and in adolescents above 12 years of age. OPEC 40MG TABLET also helps in treating stomach ulcers or upper part of the gut (intestine) that are infected with Helicobacter pylori bacteria and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) medicines in adults and in adolescents above 12 years of age. It is also used to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (too much acid produced in the stomach caused by a growth in the pancreas).
GERD is a disease where acid from the stomach escapes into the tube which connects your throat to your stomach (oesophagus) causing pain and inflammation.
OPEC 40MG TABLET is not recommended to be taken in patients with severe kidney and liver failure. OPEC 40MG TABLET should be taken only if considered clearly necessary by your doctor in pregnant women. It is not recommended for use in breast-feeding women. Consult your doctor for advice before taking the medicine.
OPEC 40MG TABLET is not recommended for children and adolescents aged less than 12 years. Consult your doctor for advice before taking the medicine.
The most common side effects of taking OPEC 40MG TABLET are headache, diarrhoea, stomach pain, constipation, flatulence, nausea and vomiting. Contact your physician if any of the above symptoms worsens with time.
Used to treat:
OPEC 40MG TABLET is a proton pump inhibitor that suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of enzymes in the stomach cell. It hence reduces gastric acidity by blocking the final step in acid production and helps in relief of acid related indigestion and heartburn.
Take OPEC 40MG TABLET as advised by your doctor. It can be taken with or without food. Swallow OPEC 40MG TABLET with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition.
Stop taking OPEC 40MG TABLET and consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
Rest and relax. Frequently hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of fluids such as water or electrolytes. Apply a pain-relieving balm on the forehead if needed. Do not consume too much of alcohol. Consult your doctor if symptom worsens.
Drink plenty of liquids such as water, fruit juices or electrolytes to avoid loss of water (dehydration) in your body. Consult your doctor if the symptom persists for long time.
Nausea and Vomiting:
Try to take OPEC 40MG TABLET with or just after a meal or a snack. Stick to simple meals. Avoid eating rich or spicy food.
OPEC 40MG TABLET should be used during pregnancy only if considered clearly necessary. Consult your doctor before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET.
OPEC 40MG TABLET is not recommended for use in breast feeding women as it is unclear whether it passes through the breast milk. Consult your doctor before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET.
Do not drive or operate any heavy tools or machines if you experience dizziness and blurred vision after taking OPEC 40MG TABLET. Consult your doctor before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET.
Avoid or limit the consumption of alcohol while taking OPEC 40MG TABLET because it might increase the amount of acid in your stomach than normal which can irritate your stomach lining and worsen your symptoms.
OPEC 40MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney problems. Consult your doctor before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET.
[GBNKWEYWORD] should be used with caution in patients with severe liver problems. Consult your doctor before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET.
Do not take OPEC 40MG TABLET if you are allergic to Esomeprazole or to any other proton pump inhibitor medicines.
Before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET, inform your doctor if you:
Use in pediatrics:
OPEC 40MG TABLET is not recommended to be taken in children and adolescents below 12 years of age. Your doctor will prescribe the right dose depends on your child’s age, body weight and disease condition. Consult your doctor before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET.
Use in geriatrics:
OPEC 40MG TABLET should be taken with caution in elderly patients (65 years and above). Consult your doctor before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET.
A. Drug-Drug interactions:
Before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
If you or anyone else accidentally take more of OPEC 40MG TABLET, consult your doctor immediately or visit the nearby hospital. Symptoms of overdose may include reduced physical (motor) activity, changes in respiratory rate, tremor, coordination-balance-speech disorders (ataxia) and intermittent fits (clonic convulsions).
|Pharmacological Category||:||Proton Pump Inhibitors|
|Therapeutic Indication||:||Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Stomach ulcers, Intestinal ulcers caused by NSAID’s, Prevents rebleeding following therapeutic endoscopic procedures done for acute bleeding stomach (gastric) or intestinal (duodenal) ulcers|
|Dosage Forms||:||Tablet, Capsule, Injection, Infusion, Sachet, Granules|
Can OPEC 40MG TABLET used to treat heartburn?
Yes. OPEC 40MG TABLET contains Esomeprazole used to treat symptoms of stomach acid reflux such as heartburn and indigestion. Consult your doctor regarding the symptoms before taking it.
Can I take an antacid along with OPEC 40MG TABLET?
Yes. It is safe to take OPEC 40MG TABLET with antacids as there is no known interaction. However, consult your doctor before taking it together.
Is OPEC 40MG TABLET addictive in nature?
No, OPEC 40MG TABLET is not addictive in nature and you can continue OPEC 40MG TABLET to take as long as it is of benefit to you. Consult your doctor to assess your treatment on a regular basis.
How and when OPEC 40MG TABLET should be taken?
Take OPEC 40MG TABLET as advised by your doctor and can be taken with or without food. Swallow the medicine with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine.
Can OPEC 40MG TABLET be taken in pregnant women?
OPEC 40MG TABLET should be taken in pregnant women only if considered clearly necessary by your doctor. If you think you may be pregnant or planning to become pregnant, consult your doctor for advice before taking OPEC 40MG TABLET.
Can OPEC 40MG TABLET cause headache?
Yes, headache is one of the most common side effects of taking OPEC 40MG TABLET. In case if you are experiencing a headache after taking OPEC 40MG TABLET, try to rest and relax. Keep drinking plenty of fluids such as water. Apply a pain-relieving balm on the forehead if needed. Consult your doctor if headache persists for a long time.
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