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What Are Omeprazole Capsules and What Are They Used For?

Omeprazole is a very commonly prescribed drug in the UK used to lower stomach acid. It is effective in treating acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion and most conditions related to excess stomach acid. Omeprazole medication reduces the production of acid in the stomach relieving the symptoms such as burping, a burning sensation in the chest, feeling full, heavy or bloated and pain in the stomach. Omeprazole has a high success rate and calms down the symptoms for up to 72 hours.

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How Does Omeprazole Work

During the digestion process, the stomach produces acid to help break down food substances. The oesophagus is protected from these acids by the oesophageal sphincter muscles. The muscles allow a one way system for food to get to the intestines while acids remain down. When the muscles weaken, acid passes down, resulting in acid reflux and causing heartburn. Frequent acid may be a result of 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.


Omeprazole Warning

Inform your doctor if you are using other medication, or you notice any of the symptoms below:
  • Develop indigestion or stomach pain.
  • Sudden weight loss.
  • Have trouble swallowing.
  • Have liver problems.
  • Notice blood in vomit or stools.


Omeprazole Directions

  • Swallow 1 (20mg) capsule once a day with water.
  • Follow the doctors instructions for the course of medication.
  • Speak to your prescriber if you do not notice an improvement in symptoms within a few days.


Omeprazole Ingredients

The active ingredient contained in Omeprazole capsules is Omeprazole 20mg. Omeprazole capsules also contain the following inactive ingredients: disodium phosphate, sugar spheres, sodium lauryl sulphate, mannitol, hypromellose, polyethene glycol 6000, talc, polysorbate 80, titanium dioxide, eudragit L30-D55 (poly), (methacrylic acid, ethyl acrylate), gelatin, quinolone yellow (E104), titanium dioxide (E171).

Side Effects

Side Effects of Omeprazole

Few people experience side effects with Omeprazole. They may include;
  • Passing wind
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Nausea