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What is Omeprazole used for?
Omeprazole is used for the treatment of certain stomach and oesophagus problems, such as gastrointestinal reflux disorder, erosive oesophagitis and ulcers.
Omeprazole may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Omeprazole work?
Omeprazole belongs to the class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. This drug acts by inhibiting certain enzymes in gastric cells, which results in reduced gastric acid production. Thus, it helps in reducing the gastric acidity.
How to take Omeprazole?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual.
Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the capsule.
If you miss a dose of Omeprazole, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
The overdose symptoms of Omeprazole may include:
- Unusual sweating
- Blurred vision
- Increased heartbeat
You must seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the above symptoms.
What are the drugs that interact with Omeprazole?
Drugs that interact with Omeprazole include the following:
This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Omeprazole?
The following are the most common side effects of Omeprazole:
- Abdominal pain
The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Muscle spasms
- Skin rash
- Joint pains
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while taking Omeprazole?
- Avoid taking the medicine if you are allergic to Omeprazole or similar drugs.
- Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
- Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Omeprazole.
You are advised not to take Omeprazole if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before taking Omeprazole?
- Tell your doctor if you have any history of low magnesium levels, osteoporosis, liver or kidney diseases.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Inform your doctor about the usage of Omeprazole before any scheduled surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions about Omeprazole
- Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Omeprazole?
- What are the contraindications of Omeprazole?
- How should Omeprazole be stored?
Yes, it is advised to monitor blood magnesium levels, liver and kidney function regularly while taking Omeprazole.
Omeprazole is contraindicated in the patients with hypersensitivity to Omeprazole or any other proton pump inhibitors.
Omeprazole capsules should be stored at room temperature (15 – 30O C) away from heat, sunlight and radiation.4.Can I stop taking Omeprazole if I feel better?
No, it is not advised to discontinue Omeprazole even if you feel better. Please consult the doctor before discontinuing the medication.
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