Please note Long term regular use of this medication may not be adviseable.
Omeprazole belongs to a group of medicines called 'proton pump inhibitors'. They work by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces. Omeprazole stop cells in the lining of the stomach from producing too much acid. This can help prevent ulcers from forming or assist the healing process. By decreasing the amount of acid, they can also help to reduce acid reflux related symptoms such as heartburn.
Omeprazole is prescribed to treat the following conditions:
- ‘Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease’ (GORD). This is where acid from the stomach escapes into
the gullet causing pain, inflammation and
heartburn and can lead to problems with swallowing.
- Ulcers in the upper part of the intestine (duodenal ulcer) or stomach (gastric ulcer).
- Ulcers which are infected with bacteria called ‘Helicobacter pylori’. If you have this condition, your
doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and allow the ulcer to heal.
- Ulcers caused by medicines called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). Omeprazole
tablets can also be used to stop ulcers from forming if you are taking NSAIDs.
- Too much acid in the stomach caused by a growth in the pancreas (Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
How to take Omeprazole
- Before starting this treatment, read the patient information leaflet from inside the pack.
- You can take your capsules with food or on an empty stomach.
- Try to take Omeprazole at the same time each day to avoid missing any doses.
- It is recommended that you take your capsules in the morning.
- Swallow your capsules whole with half a glass of water. Do not chew or crush the capsules. This is because the capsules contain coated pellets which stop the medicine from being broken down by the acid in your stomach. It is important not to damage the pellets.
To treat heartburn and acid regurgitation:
- If your food pipe (gullet) has been slightly damaged, the usual dose is
20 mg once a day for 4-8 weeks. Your doctor may tell you to take a dose of 40 mg for a further 8
weeks if your gullet has not yet healed.
- The usual dose once the gullet has healed is 10 mg once a day.
- If your gullet has not been damaged, the usual dose is 10 mg once a day.
To treat ulcers in the upper part of the intestine (duodenal ulcer):
- The usual dose is 20 mg once a day for 2 weeks. Your doctor may tell you to take the same dose
for a further 2 weeks if your ulcer has not yet healed.
- If the ulcer does not fully heal, the dose can be increased to 40 mg once a day for 4 weeks.
To treat ulcers in the stomach (gastric ulcer):
- The usual dose is 20 mg once a day for 4 weeks. Your doctor may tell you to take the same dose
for a further 4 weeks if your ulcer has not yet healed.
- If the ulcer does not fully heal, the dose can be increased to 40 mg once a day for 8 weeks.
To prevent the duodenal and stomach ulcers from coming back, the usual dose is 10 mg or 20 mg once a day. Your doctor may increase the dose to 40 mg once
a day. To prevent duodenal and stomach ulcers if you are taking NSAIDs, the usual dose is 20 mg once a day. To treat ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection and to stop them coming back, the usual dose is 20 mg Omeprazole tablets twice a day for one week. Your doctor will also tell you to take two antibiotics among amoxicillin, clarithromycin and metronidazole.To treat too much acid in the stomach caused by a growth in the pancreas (Zollinger-Ellison
syndrome), the usual dose is 60 mg daily.
Where can I buy Omeprazole online
You can buy Omeprazole online with or without a prescription at Medical Specialists, after completing a simple online consultation. Just complete an online consultation by clicking the orange button above.
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For full patient information, please read or print out the leaflet provided at the bottom of this page about Omeprazole.
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