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Losec is an effective treatment for acid reflux and its related symptoms, which include; heartburn and indigestion. It is available from The Independent Pharmacy either as a capsule or as a multiple unit pellet system (MUPS). Because the medicine in MUPS tablets is contained in many small pellets, you can open the tablet and dissolve its contents in water or juice. So, Losec MUPS is an excellent option if you have any difficulty swallowing capsules whole.
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Stomach acids play an essential role in the digestive process. They are responsible for breaking down food before it reaches the intestines. Normally, these acids are contained within the stomach by a group of muscles that make up the oesophageal sphincter. This sphincter acts as a one-way barrier, allowing food to pass down into the stomach, but not allowing acid or other substances to escape upwards. However, this sphincter can weaken if put under excess pressure, causing stomach acid to penetrate the sphincter and enter the oesophagus. This is what is known as acid reflux. Alternatively, heartburn is the term given to the painful sensation attributed to the refluxed acid irritating the tissue in the oesophagus. Heartburn does not relate to the heart, the term derives from sensation being felt at the base of the chest.
Acid reflux and heartburn is a common complaint, which will affect most people to some degree in their lives. However, for some, the condition can present more frequently – this is likely due to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Losec is a prescription-only-medicine used to treat GORD and other similar stomach conditions. Losec's active ingredient is omeprazole, which works to inhibit the activity of the proteins responsible for producing stomach acid. These proteins are called proton pumps. Omeprazole belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). By decreasing the amount of stomach acid being produced, it is less likely that any acid will escape into the oesophagus. GORD is a condition that affects approximately 20% of people. Although anyone can suffer from GORD, the condition is most prevalent among men over 40. GORD sufferers will experience the pain of heartburn, coupled with a very unpleasant taste, should the acid reach the mouth. These symptoms are likely to be much worse when lying down horizontally. If you suffer from acid reflux, it is recommended to avoid lying down after eating. Also, consider sleeping on an incline to help limit the symptoms.
Obesity is the primary cause of GORD. Having large amounts of excess fat will put organs, like the stomach, under added pressure. The additional strain will eject stomach acids out past the oesophagal sphincter and into the oesophagus. Eating large meals that fill and stretch the stomach has the same effect. Certain foods can also lead to acid reflux. Try to avoid fatty, spicy or acidic foods, such as onions, chocolate, and gluten. Also, try to limit the amount of fizzy or caffeinated drinks you consume.
Studies have highlighted that alcohol and nicotine can weaken the muscles of the oesophagal sphincter. Also, certain medication can interfere with digestion or the oesophagus in a manner that may increase your risk of developing GORD. If you are in doubt about the medication you are taking and whether it might be causing your acid reflux, speak to your GP about alternative treatments.
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Losec is available in 10mg, 20mg or 40mg tablets. You will likely be prescribed to take one 20mg or 40mg tablet, once per day.
Losec MUPS can either be swallowed whole with a sip of water or opened and dissolved in a glass of water or juice. In either case, do not chew the pellets. If mixing the pellets with water, rinse the glass with some water and drink from it again, in order to consume any pellets stuck to the glass.
Losec can be taken with or without
If, for any reason, you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is nearly time for your next tablet, skip the dose that you missed. Never double your dose to compensate for a dose that you have missed.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Losec MUPS, however, if you do they can include:
Digestion problems (including stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea,
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Omeprazole capsules are unsuitable for you if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or are allergic to any other proton pump inhibiting medicines (including; lansoprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole or rabeprazole).
Do not take Losec if you are also taking any HIV medicines, which contain nelfinavir.
Inform your doctor if you plan on taking Losec whilst taking any of the following medicines:
Omeprazole may cause complications with other diseases. See your doctor immediately if you:
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredient contained in Losec MUPS is:
Losec MUPS also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Cellulose microcrystalline, glycerol monostearate 40-55,
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