- Reduces the production of stomach acid
- Effective medicine for symptoms of acid reflux
- Omeprazole belongs to the group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitor
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you.
Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor used to treat indigestion, heartburn and excess stomach acid in acid reflux. Proton pump inhibitors work by blocking the production of stomach acid made by glands in the lining of your stomach, resulting in a reduction in symptoms associated with acid reflux.
Patient Information Leaflet (from EMC): https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/5944/pil
Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water - do not break or chew the capsule. It should be taken once daily, preferably at the same time each day in the morning. If you are prescribed to take Omeprazole twice a day, it is recommended to take 1 dose
What if I forget to take it?
If you take it once a day: take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it is within 12 hours of your next dose, then skip the dose.
What if I take too much?
If you accidentally exceed the recommended dose by 1 or 2 extra doses, it is unlikely to cause any problems. If you start to experience flushed skin, blurred vision, a quicker heartbeat or feeling sweaty, sleepy or confused, consult your doctor.
Can I take Omeprazole with alcohol?
Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol when taking omeprazole. Alcohol does not affect the medication. However, if you suffer from dizziness when taking omeprazole, alcohol will make this worse, therefore alcohol should be avoided in this case.
What is the difference between Omeprazole and Losec?
Losec is the branded version of omeprazole. Omeprazole is the generic version. Both work in the same way and both contain the same quantity of the active ingredient, omeprazole. Losec is more expensive as it is the branded version.
Common side effects include:
- Stomach pain
- Nausea & vomiting