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OMEPRAZOLE (oh ME pray zol) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, certain bacteria in the stomach, inflammation of the esophagus, and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. It is also used to treat other conditions that cause too much stomach acid.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, break or chew the capsules. They can be opened and the contents sprinkled on a small amount of applesauce or yogurt, given with fruit juices, or swallowed immediately with water. This medicine works best if taken on an empty stomach 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
bone, muscle or joint pain
chest pain or chest tightness
dark yellow or brown urine
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded
fever or sore throat
rash on cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for anxiety or sleep
certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
prescription medicine for fungal or yeast infection like itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
low levels of magnesium in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to omeprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
It can take several days before your stomach pain gets better. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better, or if it gets worse.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
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