Omeprazole (Prilosec) Drug Uses, Doses, Side Effects & Information | RetailMeNot Rx Saver

Omeprazole, Generic Prilosec

Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach.

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Omeprazole is used for:

Omeprazole is used to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and other similar conditions caused by an excess of stomach acid. Omeprazole also helps with healing of erosive esophagitis. It can also be used in combination with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori. Omeprazole does not give immediate relief for heartburn symptoms.


How to use Omeprazole:

Before using Omeprazole, be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medicine. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.

Consider the following before using Omeprazole:

Allergies

Discuss any unusual or allergic reactions to Omeprazole or any other medications with your doctor. You should also make your physician aware of any other allergies you may have to things such as food, allergies to dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Pediatric

Studies performed to date have not identified any pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Omeprazole in children. Although, safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 1 month of age.

Geriatric

Studies performed to date have not proven any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the effectiveness of Omeprazole in the elderly.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Omeprazole should be used during pregnancy only if the benefits outweighs the risk to the fetus. It is recommended that alternatives to Omeprazole be taken during pregnancy to avoid any possible harm to the fetus. Harmful infant effects have been demonstrated in studies involving women who are breastfeeding. You should stop breastfeeding while using this medicine or an alternative to this medication should be prescribed.

Other Medical Issues

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Omeprazole if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • Liver disease
  • Low levels of magnesium in your blood
  • Osteoporosis or low bone mineral density

Do not use over-the-counter Omeprazole (Prilosec OTC) without the advice of a doctor if you have

  • Trouble or pain with swallowing
  • Bloody or black stools, vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
  • Heartburn that has lasted for over 3 months
  • Frequent chest pain, heartburn with wheezing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea or vomiting, stomach pain

Instructions for use:

Use Omeprazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Use Omeprazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
  • Omeprazole should come with a medication guide. If you have any questions about this information, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Omeprazole capsules should be taken before a meal, preferably in the morning, and can be taken with or without food.
  • Omeprazole powder should be taken at least an hour before a meal, on an empty stomach.
  • Omeprazole capsules and tablets are swallowed whole.
  • If you’re taking Omeprazole to treat an ulcer cause by H. Pylori, take it in conjunction with the antibiotics at the same time of day.
  • If you missed a dose take one as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. In this case wait until to take your next dose at the regular time.
  • Do not take an extra dose to make up for a mixed one.

Omeprazole Side Effects:

Side effects can exist in all medicines, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If any of these common side effects persist or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

Common Omeprazole Side Effects

  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Hoarseness
  • Stomach pain
Major Side Effects

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Omeprazole.

  • Rash or hives
  • Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, or lower legs
  • Breathing or swallowing difficulties
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Muscle spams
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body

Omeprazole Prices:

Prices are for prescriptions for 30 tablets of 40mg of Omeprazole and 30 suspender packets of 10mg of Prilosec:

Omeprazole: $10.28

Prilosec: $202.76

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Omeprazole Drug Images:

Omeprazole 10 MG

Omeprazole 10 MG Delayed Release Oral Capsule

Omeprazole 40 MG

Omeprazole 40 MG Delayed Release Oral Capsule

Omeprazole 20 MG

Omeprazole 20 MG Delayed Release Oral Capsule

Omeprazole 40 MG

Omeprazole 40 MG Delayed Release Oral Capsule

Omeprazole Alternatives:

Esomeprazole (generic for Nexium)
Famotidine (generic for Pepcid)
Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate (generic for Zegerid)


Omeprazole Patent Information:

Generic drugs don’t require patents, only brand name drugs do. AstraZeneca’s patent exclusivity officially expired in April 2001.


Omeprazole Warnings:

  • Before taking Omeprazole, discuss any allergies you may have with your doctor You should not use this medication if you are allergic to benzimidazole medications such as albendazole or mebendazole.
  • Discuss your medical and medication history with your doctor before taking Omeprazole. Inform them especially of: liver disease, low levels of magnesium in your blood, osteoporosis, or osteopenia.
  • It is possible that older adults may be at a higher risk for bone fracture in wrist, hip, and spine. Although it is not clear whether Omeprazole is the actual cause of the increased risk of fractures.
  • Taking this medicine for a long time may make it harder for your body to absorb vitamin B12. Tell your doctor if you or your child have concerns about vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Tell your doctor if you or your child have Asian relatives, such as Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Taiwanese. You may need a lower dose of this medicine to treat erosive esophagitis.

If Overdose of Omprazole is Suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Omeprazole:

Omeprazole should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Omeprazole out of the reach of children and away from pets.

The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.