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This is a compounded medication specifically made for you based on a prescription from your licensed physician.
Omeprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI), which helps to control the amount of acid in the stomach. By reducing the acidity of the stomach, omeprazole can help the stomach and esophagus heal from acid damage. Omeprazole does not quickly control heartburn symptoms, but may improve them over time. You may have been prescribed omeprazole if you suffer from:
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty swallowing
- Helicobacter pylori infection
- Erosive esophagitis
Why omeprazole suspension?
Many individuals battling esophageal or stomach disease can have problems swallowing pills or for pediatric use. CareFirst Specialty Pharmacy can help you get the treatment you need and compound omeprazole as a liquid suspension. It can make all the difference to those that cannot take pills reliably or if it is painful to do so. Omeprazole suspension may be optimal for dosing in patients with a NG (nasogastric) tube. Omeprazole is best taken at least an hour before a meal. Always take this medication as directed, or ask your physician or pharmacist about dosing instructions.
Side effects and other helpful information
Omeprazole may cause side effects, such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Runny nose
- Muscle Pain
- Body aches or pain
- Loss of appetite
Allergic reactions to omeprazole are rare, but can occur. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any side effects, including itching of the face or mouth, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing, or change in the amount of urine produced. Prolonged use (3 years) of omeprazole can cause vitamin B-12 deficiency. Signs of a B-12 deficiency include numbness or tingling of the hands or feet, unusual weakness or a sore tongue.
You should not take omeprazole suspension if you are/have :
- Liver disease
- Low blood level of magnesium
- 1 year of age
Do not take omeprazole for a longer period of time than indicated on the prescription label.
Talk to your pharmacist and physician if you are taking other medications, as some may interact with omeprazole.
Use the medication as prescribed by your doctor.
The information provided is not intended to cover all possible uses. This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. If you have questions about the use of your prescription, please contact your prescriber.
References : Omeprazole; Prilosec. WebMD.http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-3766-2250/omeprazole-oral/omeprazole-delayed-release-tablet---oral/details#uses Omeprazole:https://www.drugs.com/omeprazole.html