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More information about Omeprazole
Omeprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor most often used (either on its own or in combination with other medications) to treat acid reflux.
It can also treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, frequent heartburn and stomach and intestinal ulcers.
This medication generally comes in the form of delayed-release capsules or tablets. However, dissolvable powders and granules are also available. 10mg, 20mg and 40mg doses can be purchased online here at HealthExpress without the need for a GP’s prescription.
Acid reflux causes stomach acid to flow back up the oesophagus, resulting in heartburn and, in more severe cases, tissue damage.
Proton pumps are attached to cells in the stomach lining and produce acid. As a proton pump inhibitor, Omeprazole manages how much acid is released.
In turn, this provides quick relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Long-term use can also enable injured digestive tract to heal.
Reducing the amount of acid in your stomach is also effective for the treatment of peptic ulcers.
Your doctor may choose to recommend a course lasting anywhere from a few weeks up to several months depending on your symptoms.
When taking any medication, you should follow the advice laid out by the doctor as well as what is detailed in the patient leaflet.
A summary of how to take Omeprazole in its various forms is below:
Omeprazole is available from HealthExpress in two strengths: 10mg and 20mg. These numbers refer to how much of the active ingredient, omeprazole sodium, is in each pill.
Omeprazole is also available in a 40mg dose. You need a prescription from your doctor to get the 40mg dose, but in some cases, your doctor may prescribe the 10mg dose instead.
This medication normally comes in the form of capsules that are gastro-resistant (hard and regular). However, it also exists as tablets and powder.
Omeprazole is a relatively safe medication, but medicines can affect people differently. For a full list of adverse effects, please consult the patient leaflet.
Side effects which have been commonly reported include:
You should stop treatment and inform your doctor if you find any of the above become long-lasting or severe. You should also stop treatment and tell your doctor if you suffer any serious side effects not listed.
If taken for a protracted period, Omeprazole could also cause your stomach lining to weaken.
Taking Omeprazole at the same time as other proton pump inhibitors (such as Lansoprazole) can increase the risk of bone fractures. This risk tends to increase for people prescribed high doses for more than one year.
You should inform your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you are currently taking (both prescription and over-the-counter or herbal remedies), as these can affect how Omeprazole works.
You should avoid this medication if you have an allergy to any of its ingredients.
It is also advised to avoid Omeprazole if you have already been prescribed rilpivirine.
Your doctor is likely to recommend you take a reduced dosage if you have/are:
Other key risk factors include old age, having a low level of magnesium, or being of Asian descent. If you are aged 50+, speak to your doctor before taking Omeprazole as you may stand a higher chance of developing brittle bones or a severe form of diarrhoea.
Omeprazole is not known to affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. However, avoid such activities if you experience side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.
You should consult your doctor before taking this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Before you buy prescription medication from HealthExpress, you have to fill out an online medical consultation. Your information will be kept private so our doctors can make sure the medication you select is safe for you. If it is not safe, we may provide other options.
We provide free delivery the next day or on a day that you choose. You can pick when and where you want your order delivered.
|Description||Omeprazole is a medication prescribed for the relief of symptoms of acid reflux|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Available dosage(s)||10, 20 and 40 mg|
|Application||Adults suffering from acid reflux|
|Usage||Consult patient leaflet|
|Drug class||Proton-pump inhibitor|
|Alcohol consumption||Avoid alcohol consumption|
|Breastfeeding/pregnancy||Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives|
Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.
Omeprazole is a medication used to treat symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. It works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. It is also used to protect the stomach lining if you take certain medications.
No, Omeprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) which blocks the production of stomach acid by cells in your stomach lining called proton pumps
Yes, Omeprazole is a clinically-proven acid reflux treatment and has been licensed for use by the UK regulatory body for medicines (MHRA).
Omeprazole takes around 1 hour to block the production of stomach acid, but reaches its maximal effect around 2 hours after taking it. Some people may only start to see positive effects of Omeprazole after using it for a few days.
You should take Omeprazole capsules in the morning.
Yes, you can take Omeprazole with food.
You should not stop taking Omeprazole without consulting your doctor.
Yes, you can take Gaviscon with Omeprazole if the Omeprazole hasn't started to work. However, if you find that you still have to take Gaviscon regularly as well as your Omeprazole you should consult your doctor as you may benefit from an alternative treatment.
Because Omeprazole does affect cells in the stomach, it can cause some stomach discomfort. However, if you're experiencing any severe pain or symptoms alongside it you should speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
No, weight gain is not a known side effect of Omeprazole.
Omeprazole can cause constipation in some people but this should improve once your body has adjusted to treatment. If you experience persistent constipation or any other adverse effects, you should consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Works really quickly and the effects last. Because of the mix of medication I regularly take I have major issues with heartburn, and omeprazole was prescribed, and it works well.Paul
Suffering really bad indgestion these tablets have sorted it 1 a day thanksChad J
Great for pain relief from my acid reflux problem.Anthony B
Works for meGary B
Good reliable product !Phil