Omeprazole is used to treat and prevent various stomach and gut problems. It reduces the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
Take omeprazole regularly as directed.
The capsules or tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
You can open the capsule and sprinkle the contents on a small amount of soft food or liquid and swallow without chewing. Do not crush the capsule contents.
You can break the tablets and mix with water, fruit juice or apple sauce; take within 30 minutes. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
Shake the liquid well before use. Measure each dose carefully with an oral syringe or measuring spoon.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with omeprazole including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Stomach upset, diarrhoea
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. March 2017
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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