How to use Acid Reducer
Read the Medication Guide and Patient Information Sheet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking omeprazole and each time you receive a refill.
Take these medicines orally as directed by your doctor, usually once a day, before meals. When treating yourself, follow all the instructions in the product package. The dose and duration of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dose is also based on weight. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than directed. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not crush, break, or chew the medicine. Avoid capsules completely. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, you can open the capsule when it is closed and carefully sprinkle its contents in a spoonful of cool applesauce. Wash the whole mixture immediately without chewing. Then drink a glass of cool water to make sure you swallow the whole dose. Do not prepare the mixture well in advance for later use. Doing so can eliminate the drug.
If necessary, antacids can be taken with this medicine. If you are also taking sucralfate, take omeprazole at least 30 minutes before sucralfate.
Use this medicine regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time every day. Continue to take this medicine for the duration of the treatment even if you feel better. If you treat yourself with a prescription product, do not take it for more than 14 days unless directed by your doctor.
A headache or abdominal pain may occur. If any of these side effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If your doctor advised you to use this product, remember that your doctor has decided that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Most people who take these drugs do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any serious side effects, including symptoms of low magnesium blood pressure (such as abnormal/slow/irregular heartbeat, continuous muscle cramps, seizures), symptoms of lupus (such as a rash on the nose and cheeks, new joint pain or abba difficult).
This drug does not usually cause severe intestinal obstruction due to a bacterium called C. mziile. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after stopping treatment. Tell your doctor immediately as you grow older: chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain or stomach/constipation, fever, blood/mucus in your cell.
If you have these symptoms, do not use anti-diarrheal drugs or opioids as they may make the symptoms worse.
Rarely, proton pump inhibitors (such as omeprazole) have caused vitamin B-12 deficiency. The risk increases if they are taken daily for a long time (3 years or more). Tell your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency (such as unusual weakness, painful tongue, or numbness/tingling in the hands/feet).
Severe allergic reactions to this drug are rare. However, get medical help immediately if you notice any serious symptoms of allergies, including rash, itching/swelling (especially face/tongue/throat), dizziness, shortness of breath, symptoms of kidney problems (such as changes in urine volume).
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you experience side effects not listed above, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking omeprazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are sick with it; or similar drugs (such as esomeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole); or if you have other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which may cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using these medicines, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially: liver disease, lupus.
Other symptoms may be symptoms of a more serious condition. Get medical help immediately if you have: mild headache/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating), unexplained weight loss.
Additionally, before taking any medication this medication, get medical help immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: heavy eating/pain, bloody vomiting, coffee-based vomiting, bloody/black stools, heartburn for more than 3 months, frequent chest pain, frequent coughing (especially heartburn), nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain.
Before surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal products).
Proton pump inhibitors (such as omeprazole) may increase the risk of fractures, especially with prolonged use, high doses, and in adults. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to prevent bone loss/fractures, such as taking calcium (such as calcium citrate) and vitamin D. supplements.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially bone loss and fractures (see above), as well as C-infections. hardship (see Side Effects section).
Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially fever, cough, and nasal / throat/airway infections.
During pregnancy, this medicine should only be used if it is needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug is passed on to breast milk. The effects on the breastfeeding baby are unknown. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
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Drug interactions may change the way your medication works or increase the risk of serious side effects. This document does not cover every possible drug interaction. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal products) and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any medication without your doctor’s permission.
Other possible side effects of the drug include cilostazol, clopidogrel, methotrexate (especially high-dose treatment), rifampin, St John’s wort.
Some products require acid in the stomach so that the body can absorb it properly. Omeprazole lowers stomach acid, so it may alter how well these products work. Other affected products include atazanavir, erlotinib, nelfinavir, pazopanib, rilpivirine, certain antifungal azole (itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole), among others.
Omeprazole is very similar to esomeprazole. Do not use any medication that contains esomeprazole while using omeprazole.
The drug may interfere with certain laboratory tests, which may result in false test results. Make sure your laboratory staff and all your doctors know you are using this drug.
If someone is very drunk and has bad symptoms such as fainting or shortness of breath, call 911. If not, call a poison control center immediately. US citizens can call their poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canadians can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of a drug overdose may include confusion, unusual sweating, blurred vision, abnormally rapid heartbeat.
If your doctor prescribes this medicine, do not share it with others.
If your doctor prescribes these medications for a long time, laboratory and medical tests (such as blood magnesium tests, vitamin B-12 levels) can be done periodically to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Maintain all regular medical and laboratory appointments.
You missed a dose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the usual time. Do not repeat the dose to catch.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Don’t stop in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not take medicine out of the toilet or pour it into the ditch unless instructed to do so. Dispose of this product properly if it is outdated or no longer needed. Contact your pharmacist or landfill company.