A lot of people suffer from various conditions caused by production of big amounts of acid in the stomach. Certain medicaments can help reduce the production of the acid. Omeprazole that contains Omeprazole (a proton pump inhibitor) is one of such medicines.
Patients use Omeprazole for the treating of symptoms of GERD and some other medical conditions caused by high levels of acid in one’s stomach.
You may also use Omeprazole to treat your erosive esophagitis which is also usually caused by high acidity of the stomach.
Gastric ulcer is another condition that may be treated with Omeprazole generic, if caused by Helicobacter pylori.
The drug won’t help to relief the symptoms of heartburn, but may be used for other conditions, not indicated in the medical guide.
Omeprazole: contraindications and precautions
You may use Omeprazole and use it in accordance to instructions from the label in case you do not have an allergy to its active agent Omeprazole, or some other benzimidazole medicines including mebendazole or albendazole.
If you think to get relief of your symptoms with the help of Omeprazole, purchase the med only if you get approval from a physician in case you have low magnesium or heart or liver disease.
Generic Omeprazole may interact with certain conditions, among which there may be;
•unexplained weight loss;
•heartburn lasting 3 and more months;
•swallowing which is painful;
•troubles with swallowing;
•frequent chest pain;
Certain conditions may need treatment with combination of Omeprazole and antibiotics. In case you need such treatment option, use Omeprazole only if directed so by your physician.
Patients should be aware of the fact that if taken for a long time, Omeprazole may increase the risk of having a bone fracture in the wrist, spine or hip. People aged 50 and above are at the highest risk of developing bone fractures. If you are 50 or above or if you have such conditions as osteopenia or osteoporosis and want to use Omeprazole, purchase the drug only after visiting your healthcare professional and evaluating possible risks and benefits.
The medicament has FDA pregnancy category C. Breast-feeding women shouldn’t use the med or shouldn’t breast-feed during the treatment. Pregnant patients may use Omeprazole only if recommended by their healthcare professional. A child should be at least 1 year of age to receive the treatment with Omeprazole.
It is forbidden to take the medicine in bigger or smaller dosage than directed. Otherwise you may have very serious side effects or the action of the med will be inefficient. Overdose symptoms, for instance, include vomiting, blurred vision, sweating, fast heartbeat, drowsiness, nausea and dry mouth.
Take the medicine before having meals. When you are going to use Omeprazole, buy the form of the med that can be comfortably administrated. Delayed-release capsules can be open, the medicine is then usually mixed with applesauce before swallowing. The med also goes in form of powder which is to be dissolved in a spoon of water.
A patient who is prescribed to use Omeprazole should follow the schedule: each dose of the med should be taken once every 24 h, the course of treatment is 2 weeks. The best time to use the medication is morning. Take on empty stomach. Remember: 1 tab is your maximum dose for 24 h. Tabs should be swallowed whole. Take the med regularly even if the improvement of your symptoms is obvious.
Another 2-week course can be started not earlier than in 4 months after the previous course of treatment.
If you have to undergo any tests, notify a medical specialist that you are on Omeprazole treatment.
When you are taking Omeprazole, you may get an infection. In such cases patients have diarrhea. Taking anti-diarrhea meds may be not recommended. If you have this symptom during treatment, appeal to your physician.
During treatment with Omeprazole a patient may have certain restrictions on beverages, food, or activities.
Omeprazole: side effects
Call an ambulance in case you have hives, facial swelling, breathing troubles, swelling in the mouth after using generic Omeprazole.
The med may also cause low magnesium symptoms, including:
•jerking muscle movements
•uneven heart rate
•watery and/or bloody diarrhea
•fast heart rate
Contact your healthcare professional to know how you can relieve your symptoms.
Medical help is not a must in case you have less serious side effects that may be represented by stomach pain, mild diarrhea, cold symptoms, vomiting, sore throat, fever, stuffy nose, gas, headache, sneezing, nausea.
Omeprazole: drug interactions
If you need Omeprazole, buy it only after consulting your doctor, as the medicine may interact with some other quite asked-for medicaments. Your physician will tell you what meds can’t be taken with Omeprazole or whether you need a dosage adjustment and take several drugs simultaneously. In general, Omeprazole can badly interact with the following medicines:
•ampicillin (Unasyn, Principen);
•cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Gengraf);
•digoxin (Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin);
•iron (Mol-Iron, Feosol, Femiron, Fergon, others);
The list is incomplete. It is strictly recommended to make a list of all medicaments you are using and bring it to your appointment. This is what you need to do to sufficiently reduce your chances of having side effects from your treatment.