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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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Alternative Non-Prescription Medication
Antacids are to be taken as required. Antacids are alkali liquids or tablets that are designed to neutralise the stomach acid. A dose can often give quick relief. There are many brands, which are available to buy over the counter. If you suffer with mild or infrequent bouts of dyspepsia you may find that antacids used as required are all that you require.
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.
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,
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.
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Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering.
If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.
Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a
Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.
You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.
Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail
We deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
We deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
We deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44
Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.
We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.
We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.
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