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Generic: omeprazole
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It prevents the production of acid in the stomach
               



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What is this medicine?

OMEPRAZOLE (oh ME pray zol) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, certain bacteria in the stomach, inflammation of the esophagus, and Zollinger- Ellison Syndrome. It is also used to treat other conditions that cause too much stomach acid.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • liver disease
  • low levels of magnesium in the blood
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to omeprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, break or chew the capsules. They can be opened and the contents sprinkled on a small amount of applesauce or yogurt, given with fruit juices, or swallowed immediately with water. This medicine works best if taken on an empty stomach 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • atazanavir
  • clopidogrel
  • nelfinavir

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • ampicillin
  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep
  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
  • cyclosporine
  • diazepam
  • digoxin
  • disulfiram
  • diuretics
  • iron salts
  • phenytoin
  • prescription medicine for fungal or yeast infection like itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole
  • saquinavir
  • tacrolimus

               
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