Omeprazole: A Great Relief Against Acid Reflux
Omeprazole’s efficacy as an anti-ulcer medication has been documented since 1981 when the FDA approved it to treat duodenal ulcers. In 2003, Omeprazole became available as an over-the-counter treatment for heartburn relief. Newer forms of Omeprazole are now available in 10mg or 20mg capsules.
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are all treated. It is used to cure gastric ulcers, prevent stomach cancer, and relieve acid indigestion symptoms using conventional therapy and natural supplements. In addition, Omeprazole can be prescribed for gastric acid hypersecretory conditions such as chronic kidney failure or achlorhydria. It can also be used as part of cancer treatment for people with certain types of stomach or esophagus cancer.
Omeprazole: How it works?
Omeprazole is a medication that activates the proton pump in the stomach. It works by reducing stomach acid production to relieve symptoms caused by these conditions. The mode of action for Omeprazole is inhibition of gastric acid secretion by blocking the H+/K+ ATPase enzyme system in the parietal cells. It binds to the active site on this enzyme, thus reducing intracellular pH and causing hyperpolarization leading to inhibition of acid secretion.
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Side effects and risks involved which you should be aware of!
While it does have some benefits, many side effects come with its use. It has some risks that are not always listed on the packaging. These side effects include severe headache, pain in extremities, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and headache. Be sure you know all the information before deciding whether Omeprazole is suitable for you!
Serious side effects of Omeprazole can lead to an emergency visit if left untreated, such as bloody diarrhea, unusual pain in the wrist, hip, and thigh (especially at night), kidney problems – fever or rash; low magnesium causing dizziness, irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps & spasms. Symptoms worsen with sun exposure. New or worsening symptoms that indicate lupus: joint-pain/swollen joints, especially near the edges with no scars from an old injury(s); skin rashes on cheeks and Arms, which are often worse when in the sun for too long. It all starts small and ordinary, and then it worsens over time after continued use. In case of an allergic reaction to Omeprazole, get medical help right away. This could cause hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling around the face and neck area.”
What happens when you take Omeprazole with these drugs?
You may experience increased side effects from the medications you take with Omeprazole. In some cases, it may prevent your other drugs from working correctly. The list of some medicines which are not safe to take along with Omeprazole as these may interact with it are amiodarone, atorvastatin, carbamazepine, clopidogrel, diazepam, efavirenz, esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate, fluconazole, erythromycin, levothyroxine sodium, methadone, warfarin, theophylline, and verapamil.
Omeprazole: Understand risks of overdose
Omeprazole can be very beneficial for people suffering from acid reflux, but it can also lead to adverse effects if taken in large doses. In overdose, it can cause drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, and shortness of breath. It may also lead to coma or death if not promptly treated. Therefore, Omeprazole should be taken only when prescribed by your doctor under instructions on the label.
How to take Omeprazole: Dosage guide
The dosage depends on your symptoms and other factors like weight, but it’s typically advised that you consume 40 mg per day for at least 14 days.
Many people have found that the usual dose to treat indigestion, heartburn, and acid reflux is 10-20mg daily. In addition, if you suffer from stomach ulcers or are diagnosed with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, your doctor may recommend higher amounts of 40+ mg a day, so Doses usually start at lower levels for children but can quickly increase over time due to either other illnesses or to the body’s growing dependency on the drug.
Dosage form and strength
Omeprazole comes in a variety of forms such as Delayed-Release capsule, Delayed-Release tablets, Oral disintegrating tablets, and Oral solution ( Packets)
- 10mg delayed-release capsule contains 10mg Omeprazole per capsule.
- 20mg delayed-release capsule contains 20mg Omeprazole per capsule.
- 40mg delayed-release capsule contains 40mg Omeprazole per capsule.
- 20mg delayed-release tablet contains 20mg Omeprazole per tablet.
Oral disintegrating tablets
- 20mg oral disintegrated tablet contains 20mg Omeprazole per tablet.
Oral solution ( Packets)
- 5mg packet contains 2.5mg Omeprazole per packet.
- 10mg packet contains 10Smg Omeprazole per packet.
- 5mg/ml suspension contains 2.5mg Omeprazole per ml oral suspension.