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Omeprazole is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the UK and is effective in reducing stomach acid. It helps to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn, GORD and other issues involving excess stomach acid.
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What is Omeprazole and what is it used for?
Omeprazole capsules are a reliable treatment for stomach problems including heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion. Omeprazole eases recurrent symptoms including, a burning sensation or pain in the chest; feeling full, heavy or bloated; burping; feeling or being sick and bringing up food. It does this by suppressing the production of acid in the stomach for a period of up to 72 hours.
Omeprazole is manufactured by Mylan and is available on prescription in 20 mg gastro-resistant tablets in boxes of 28 tablets. Omeprazole is safe for use in adults and children over the age of 1 year.
What is heartburn and acid reflux?
Stomach acid is necessary for the digestive process. The acid breaks down food before it reaches the intestines. Normally, the oesophagus is protected from these acids by a group of muscles called the oesophageal sphincter. These muscles are meant to form a one-way barrier to allow food to enter the stomach but acids and other substances remain down.
Sometimes, the oesophageal sphincter weakens under excess pressure causing stomach acid to pass up into the oesophagus. This is acid reflux. Heartburn is the name for the painful sensation of acid irritating or burning the tissues of the oesophagus. It has nothing to do with the heart – it gets its name because the pain is felt at the base of the chest.
How does Omeprazole work?
Many will experience occasional heartburn, however, some people suffer from these symptoms very frequently. This may be due to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Omeprazole is a prescription medicine for GORD and other similar stomach conditions. It works by suppressing the activity of proton pumps, the proteins which produce acids in the stomach. This decreases the amount of acid in the stomach, relieving the symptoms of heartburn.
Alternative to Omeprazole
Antacids, such as Gaviscon, are over the counter medicines that can be taken as required. Antacids are alkali liquids or tablets that are designed to neutralise stomach acid. A dose can often give quick relief.
Lansoprazole is an alternative prescription-only treatment that works in a very similar way to Omeprazole. Alternatively, ranitidine and famotidine also work to reduce stomach acid but have a different mechanisms of action.
Full details on available treatment can be found over on the Acid Reflux & Heartburn Advice page.
Non-medicinal alternatives to Omeprazole
Symptoms of GORD are likely to be much worse if you are lying down horizontally. Consider sleeping on an incline, and avoid lying down after eating.
Obesity is the primary cause of GORD. This is because excess stomach fat puts pressure on organs such as the stomach. Large meals that fill the stomach have the same effect, so consider eating smaller meals. Also, you should try to avoid fatty, spicy or acidic foods and specifically onions, chocolate, and gluten, as well as carbonated or caffeinated drinks.
Cutting down on alcohol and nicotine can also help to improve symptoms of GORD. There are also several medications that interfere with digestion or the oesophagus in a way that might increase your risk of GORD. Talk to your GP about whether your medication might be causing your acid reflux, and if other treatments are available.
- Omeprazole, Patient Information Leaflet:
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).
Omeprazole and other medicines
Inform your doctor if you plan on taking Omeprazole while taking any of the following medicines:
- Antifungal medicines (e.g. ketoconazole, voriconazole, itraconazole)
- Epilepsy medication (e.g. diazepam, phenytoin)
- Vitamin K blockers (e.g. warfarin)
- HIV medicines (e.g. atazanavir, saquinavir)
- St John's wort
Omeprazole may cause complications with other diseases. See your doctor immediately if you:
- Suddenly lose weight
- Have trouble swallowing
- Have liver problems
- Develop indigestion or stomach pain
- Notice blood in vomit or stools.
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.
For adults: Take 1 (20mg) capsule once a day with water. You will be prescribed a course of treatment and should continue to take this medicine for the full duration of that course.
If you do not notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for further advice. For full instructions on how to take Omeprazole, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
The active ingredient contained in Omeprazole capsules is: Omeprazole 20mg.
Omeprazole capsules also contain the following inactive ingredients: Sugar spheres, sodium lauryl sulphate, disodium phosphate, mannitol, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 6000, talc, polysorbate 80, titanium dioxide, eudragit L30-D55 (poly(methacrylic acid, ethyl acrylate)), gelatin, quinolone yellow (E104), titanium dioxide (E171).
Omeprazole side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Omeprazole capsules, however, if you do they can include:
- stomach pain
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. For full details on reported side effects please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
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Milk has been suggested for a number of years as a way to reduce symptoms of heartburn. Although milk does seem to buffer the initial symptoms of heartburn and indigestion, it could actually cause more discomfort. The fatty acids and other nutrients in milk can cause your body to produce even more acid to try and break down the milk. This method can actually make symptoms worse, which is why it’s a good idea to invest in the right medication for your needs.
Heartburn is caused by acid from the stomach travelling upwards, into the oesophagus. This can cause a burning like pain behind the breastbone and can become uncomfortable if left untreated. Some people are more prone to indigestion, like those that simply produce more stomach acid, those with structural issues (those with a weak or small valve at the top of their stomach, or those with a disease or condition that exacerbates conditions of heartburn.
There are a number of different foods and drinks that can cause symptoms of heartburn to become worse. For example, those that drink alcohol or smoke will be at a higher risk of suffering from symptoms of indigestion and heartburn.
Yes, heartburn can cause pain in the chest, usually felt as a burning sensation behind the breastbone. Though heartburn can feel painful at the time, if its not a chronic condition (happening everyday) then it rarely causes for concern. Other complications and medical conditions can cause pain in the chest, especially persistent conditions of acid reflux. Conditions like GORD, gastric ulcers, and gallbladder attack can all cause severe chest pain that mimics the symptoms of other, more serious conditions like heart attacks and angina.
In some cases, symptoms of heartburn can be caused by pregnancy. The hormone progesterone increases in the body during the early stages of pregnancy and this can cause indigestion and heartburn symptoms. Progesterone causes the body to relax, preparing it for labour. This hormone can cause the valve at the top of the stomach to relax, allowing acid from the stomach to travel up towards the oesophagus and cause pain.
This is usually the most common during the night. If you are suffering symptoms of heartburn with no other symptoms present, then the chances of pregnancy are slim. If you are concerned about heartburn, then it’s important to speak to a professional to get a diagnosis.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding then it is not recommended to continue taking Omeprazole, unless specifically directed by a healthcare professional. If you are unsure whether it’s safe to continue taking Omeprazole or would like to find out about other treatments available, speak to one of our professional doctors today with a free consultation.
Omeprazole is not suitable for infants or babies unless specifically directed by a healthcare professional during a face-to-face consultation.