Your Medication Omeprazole
Omeprazole is also known as the brand names: Prilosec and Prilosec OTC.
Omeprazole come in 2.5, 5, 10 and 20mg tablets.
Omeprazole is most commonly taken for heartburn and acid reflux. It can also be taken to treat or prevent ulcers in the digestive tract. No matter what your doctor has you taking it for, omeprazole comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once to twice daily. Omeprazole should be taken 30 to 60 minutes before meals. It is taken for 4 to 8 weeks depending on what it is being taken for.
Some less common side effects of omeprazole are headache, dizziness, skin rash, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, vomiting, acid regurgitation, constipation, and respiratory infection.
Some rare side effects of omeprazole are cough and weakness.
Do not take omeprazole if:
• You have trouble or pain when swallowing food
• You experience vomiting with blood, bloody or black stools, heartburn with lightheadedness, dizziness or sweating
• You have chest pain or shoulder pain with shortness of breath
• You experience sweating, pain spreading to arms, neck, or shoulder
• You experience requent chest pain
While taking omeprazole, remember it is important to tell you doctor or pharmacist if:
• You have signs of an allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling, tightness of chest, etc.)
• You experience mood changes, muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps or spasms, seizures, tremors, lack of appetite, severe nausea, or vomiting
• You have signs of liver or kidney problems
• You begin taking any new medications, vitamins, or supplements
• Your condition does not get better or if you develop new or worsening symptoms