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Omeprazole is used to treat a range of gastroesophageal conditions and works by inhibiting the amount of acid produced by your stomach.

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How to take - Side Effects - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

Omeprazole is a drug that belongs to a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors.

If you’re suffering from a condition caused by an excess of stomach acid and are wondering if omeprazole could be the right treatment option for you, don’t rely on guesswork - talk to a doctor online right now.

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How is Omeprazole taken?

Omeprazole is typically taken orally - either in tablet or liquid form, although it can be administered intravenously (directly into a vein) by a medical professional.

The exact dosage you’re given can depend on a variety of factors, including how old you are, the severity of your condition and whether you suffer from any other medical conditions

If you’ve been prescribed the drug, you should follow the directions given by your doctor, although it’s usually taken once per day before mealtimes.

If you miss a dose, don’t panic. Simply take the medication as soon as you remember, unless it’s nearly time for you next dose, then you should simply take that one as you normally would. It’s important to never double up on doses, as this can increase the chances of side effects occurring and may reduce the effectiveness of your treatment.

What can Omeprazole be used to treat?

Omeprazole can be used to treat a variety of issues that affect the stomach and/or oesophagus, with some of the most common conditions it’s prescribed for including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Chronic indigestion and heartburn
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Bacterial stomach infections
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
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What Are The Side Effects of Omeprazole?

Some of the most common side-effects of omeprazole include:

Omeprazole may cause other, more serious side effects in rare cases and if you experience any of the following, you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible:

  • Intense stomach pain
  • Watery diarrhoea
  • Blood in your stool (poo)
  • Issues that might be caused by kidney problems, including blood in your urine, sudden weight gain and not urinating as much as usual.
  • Signs of low magnesium, including dizzy spells, heart palpitations (or a racing heart), shaking, feeling jittery, muscle cramps and spasms, coughing or choking
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Things to avoid

Omeprazole may interact with a range of other substances, from prescription medications to vitamin supplements and even herbal remedies. These can greatly reduce how effective it is, so it’s important to inform your doctor if you’re taking anything else.

Just some of the substances that can interact negatively with omeprazole include:

  • Saquinavir
  • Cilostazol
  • Clopidogrel
  • Diazepam
  • Several types of antibiotics
  • Antifungal medicine

The presence of omeprazole can also cause the results of clinical tests to be skewed, so make sure everyone’s aware you’re taking it before getting these tests done.

Omeprazole and alcohol

It’s generally recommended to steer clear of alcohol while taking omeprazole, since this may exacerbate side effects and has the potential to cause severe stomach problems.

Is It Safe to Use Omeprazole During Pregnancy?

PPIs like omeprazole aren’t usually prescribed for pregnant women, since there’s some evidence that they can cause birth problems like low birth weight, growth problems and issues for the mother, such as an increased risk of preeclampsia.

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