Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Omeprazole exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Omeprazole for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue to take it even when you feel better and do not stop taking it unless advised by your doctor to do so.
Generally, Omeprazole can be taken with or without food. However, there may be different brands of Omeprazole available and these may be taken differently. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how to take your particular brand of Omeprazole. Try to take it at the same time each day.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Omeprazole.
Alert your doctor if you have liver disease.
Let your doctor know if your gastric problem seems to be getting worse. Do not take Omeprazole for a long period of time unless instructed by your doctor.
When should I not use this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to other gastric medicines such as esomeprazole, pantoprazole or lansoprazole.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
It may be helpful to discuss your diet with your doctor or dietitian. A change in diet may help improve your symptoms. For example, spicy food tends to worsen reflux and should be avoided. Likewise, carbonated ("fizzy") drinks such as soft drinks should also be avoided.
You should also try to avoid lying down soon after eating as this will worsen the reflux symptoms.
Why do I need this medicine?
Omeprazole is a gastric medicine.
It is used to treat conditions caused by excessive acidity in your stomach, such as stomach ulcers and reflux disease (reflux is also known as "heartburn", in which food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste).
Omeprazole treats these conditions by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Omeprazole may also be used together with other medicines to treat a specific type of gastric problem called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori gastritis.
What side effects could I experience?
Omeprazole may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects with Omeprazole may include headache, diarrhoea, nausea and wind in the stomach. These should get better or go away as your body adjusts to the medicine.
Let your doctor know if these side effects bother you or if they do not go away.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole or similar antifungal medicines
- phenytoin (an epilepsy medicine)
- transplant medicines such as cyclosporin and tacrolimus
- sleeping pills such as diazepam, lorazepam and related medicines
- other medicines such as atazanavir and iron pills
Avoid a blood-thinning medicine called clopidogrel. Alert your doctor if you are taking clopidogrel.
Do not take antacids together with Omeprazole. If you must take antacids, take them at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after you have taken Omeprazole. Antacids can reduce the effectiveness of Omeprazole when taken together.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.