What is Omeprazole?
Omeprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. This medication helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus.
Omeprazole, is a medication used in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, and Zollinger–Ellison syndrome. It is also used to prevent upper gastrointestinal bleeding in people who are at high risk.
Omeprazole oral capsule is a prescription drug that’s only available in a generic form. It doesn’t have a brand-name version. Omeprazole is also available as an oral suspension and comes as an over-the-counter (OTC) medication.
Omeprazole is a PPI medication. It is a class of drug that is known as proton pump inhibitors. This medicine reduces acid in the stomach and is commonly used for the treatment of indigestion, acid reflux, and heartburn. Omeprazole is widely taken to treat stomach ulcers too.
Omeprazole comes in liquid, capsule, and tablet form.
How does Omeprazole work?
Omeprazole works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach produces. It does this by blocking a system in the cells of your stomach called the proton pump. The proton pump works in the final step of acid production. When the proton pump is blocked, your stomach makes less acid. This can help decrease your symptoms.
Omeprazole works by effectively reducing the level of acidity and the amount of acid produced inside the stomach. It works by blocking certain systems in the cell walls of the stomach refer to as proton pump. The process impacts the final stages of acid production. Whenever the proton pump is effectively blocked, the stomach creates lesser acid. This helps acid reflux, hyperacidity, and certain ulcers.
What are the benefits of Omeprazole?
Stomach pain can be debilitating and it precludes one from performing daily tasks. This is where the drug Omeprazole is effective. It helps reduce acidity levels inside the stomach enabling lesser symptoms and pain for patients. Once treated, they are back to their daily activities in no time.
Take one daily. Swallow the capsule whole with a sip of water. It is important that you do not crush or chew the capsule. You can take it with or without food
Main side-effects experienced are:
Digestion problems (including stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea, and wind), headache, nausea.
The active ingredient in Omeprazole is omeprazole.
The inactive ingredients in Omeprazole are sugar spheres (corn starch and sucrose), sodium lauryl sulfate, disodium phosphate, mannitol, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 6000, talc, polysorbate 80, titanium dioxide, Eudragit L30- D55 (poly(methacrylic acid, ethyl acrylate)), gelatin, quinine yellow (E104) and titanium dioxide (E171).
Please Note: Different brands of generic Omeprazole could contain different inactive ingredients than those listed here.