Omeprazole contains the active ingredients Omeprazole. This belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors. They work by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces.
Omeprazole capsules can be used to treat the following conditions: gastro esophageal reflux disease, ulcers in the upper part of your intestine, ulcers which are infected, ulcers caused by taking medicines called NSAID and too much acid in the stomach caused by a growth in the pancreas.
Common side effects
Common side effects, which happen in more than 1 in 100 people, include:
- feeling sick
- being sick (vomiting) or diarrhoea
- stomach pain
Omeprazole may also make you feel dizzy or sleepy. Some people might find it difficult to fall asleep.
Your doctor will tell you how many capsules to take and how long to take them for. This will depend on your condition and how old you are. The recommended doses are given below.
Adults: To treat symptoms of GERD such as heartburn and acid regurgitation: If your doctor has found that 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 treat duodenal and stomach ulcers caused by NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs): The usual dose is 20 mg once a day for 4?8 weeks.
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 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. Your doctor will adjust the dose depending on your needs and will also decide how long you need to take the medicine for.
Children: To treat symptoms of GERD such as heartburn and acid regurgitation: Children over 1 year of age and with a body weight of more than 10 kg may take Omeprazole. The dose for children is based on the childs weight and the doctor will decide the correct dose.
To treat ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection and to stop them coming back: Children aged over 4 years may take Omeprazole. The dose for children is based on the childs weight and the doctor will decide the correct dose. Your doctor will also prescribe two antibiotics called amoxicillin and clarithromycin for your child.
How to use
Taking this medicine it is recommended that you take your capsules in the morning. You can take your capsules with food or on an empty stomach. 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.
The active ingredient is Omeprazole capsules containing 20mg of Omeprazole.
The other ingredients are: Sugar Spheres (consisting of Maize Starch and Sucrose), Sodium Laurilsulfate, Anhydrous Disodium Phosphate, Mannitol, Hypromellose, Macgrool 6000, Talc, Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Methacrylic Acid Ethyl Acrylate Coplymer (1:1) Gelatin and Quinoline Yellow (E104).
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not exceed the stated dose. Do not take Omeprazole if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Talk to your doctor before taking if you lose weight for no reason, have problems swallowing, have stomach pains, begin to vomit blood or food, pass black stools, suffer from diarrhoea or have sever liver problems. Talk to your doctor if you are taking any other medication, pregnant or breast feeding