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Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach. The drug is often prescribed for acid reflux and is available in 10mg, 20mg and 40mg capsules to be taken once per day.

What is Omeprazole Used for?

Omeprazole is a medication used for the treatment of ulcer, acid reflux, and other stomach problems. It basically works by minimizing the acid produced by your stomach. It also relieves  GIT problems like heartburn and difficulty in swallowing. On top of it, Omeprazole promotes the healing of the stomach damage caused by acid and further prevents cancer of the esophagus. Its pharmacological classification is called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).


Is Omeprazole an Over The Counter Medication?

Yes, but only the 10mg tablets or capsules are available as over-the-counter in pharmacies. They are the same omeprazole you get on prescription. However, they are designed for adults only and are advised to be taken at a maximum of 4 weeks. If you need the higher doses, you must secure a valid prescription.  

Forms of Omeprazole

Omeprazole is available in oral capsules and suspensions depending on the condition of the patient. If he is unable to swallow capsules, suspension is a good alternative.   

What are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)? 

Omeprazole is a member of PPIs, a class of drugs widely taken to reduce stomach acid and treat stomach ulcers, indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux. They can come in oral and intravenous forms.  

How does it Work?

Omeprazole regulates the acidity level and decreases acid production by interfering with a proton pump, a system located in the cell walls of the stomach. Physiologically, proton pumps are responsible for the final stage in acid production. So if their function is blocked, less acid will be produced in the stomach and the conditions like acid reflux, ulcer, and hyperacidity will not progress.  

Benefits of Omeprazole

Stomach pain is definitely debilitating and interferes with anyone from doing daily activities. That’s why stomach pain medications like Omeprazole can be of great help. It lessens the pain and other symptoms by reducing acidity levels in the stomach. Once the treatment has been started, they can regain their productivity.  

Omeprazole 20mg

The most consumed dosage for Omeprazole is 20 mg. It is marketed as Prilosec and is both offered as over-the-counter and prescription-only. Dosage strength must be strictly followed as advised by the doctor since different clinical conditions may need lower or higher strength.  

Omeprazole 40mg

Some patients are prescribed with higher doses of 40 mg. If Omeprazole 40 mg tablets are unavailable, you may opt to take two 20mg tablets. But remember to take it the same way during the course of the treatment.

Other Brands of Omeprazole 

There are other brands available under the generic name of Omeprazole. Some of them are marketed as Prilosec and Losec. Whatever brand you choose, all of them contain the same active ingredient designed to treat peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Zollinger–Ellison syndrome (ZES) and other related GIT problems which include bleeding.

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