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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Omeprazole Overview

Written by FoundHealth, ritasharma.

(oh MEP ra zole)

U.S. Brand Names

Prilosec OTC™ [OTC]; Prilosec®

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Omeprazole®; Losec MUPS®; Losec®; Mylan-Omeprazole; PMS-Omeprazole; PMS-Omeprazole DR; ratio-Omeprazole; Sandoz-Omeprazole

Mexican Brand Names

Aleprozil; Azoran; Domer; Inhibitron; Losec; Mopral; Olexin; Prazidec; Suifac; Ulsen; Vulcasid

Pharmacologic Category

Proton Pump Inhibitor; Substituted Benzimidazole

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to omeprazole or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Omeprazole prevents symptoms and damage to the gastrointestinal tract caused by stomach acid or infection.

How is it best taken?

All forms:

• Take this medicine 1 hour before the first meal of the day.

Tablet (Prilosec OTC™):

• Swallow tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• Do not use for more than 14 days. Talk with your healthcare provider.


• Swallow capsule whole. Do not chew or crush.

• You may sprinkle contents of capsule on soft food or liquid. Do not chew.

• For patients who have feeding tubes, open capsule and mix with 3 tablespoonfuls of apple juice. Give through feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.


• Mix the 2.5 mgpacket contents with 1 teaspoon of water or the 10 mgpacket contents with 1 tablespoon of water. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, stir, and drink. Rinse with more water and drink.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect capsules from light.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 14:42:21.0

Modified: 2010-06-01 12:00:55.0

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