What is Omeprazole?

What is omeprazole used for, side effects, risks, complications, and use for babies and toddlers. 

Omeprazole is a medicine used to decrease the amount of acid produced by the stomach. 

Omeprazole is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. 

Omeprazole is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid). 

Omeprazole is available as tablet/capsule. 

This medicine works best if taken before eating. 

Omeprazole (Prilosec, Losec) is used in toddlers and infants who have, GERD (acid reflux disease), esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus), or H pylori infection that causes ulcer-like symptoms. 

The most common side effects of Omeprazole (Losec, Prilosec) in infants and toddlers are..

  • diarrhea

  • otitis media

  • upper respiratory tract infections

The prescription of omeprazole is a capsule form. 

The OTC omeprazole (prilosec) is a tablet form. 

What is Omeprazole

Kefir is a great natural food for balancing stomach acid and keeping your stomach lining alkaline

Omeprazole Side Effects

The more serious possible side effects include...

  • swelling of your face

  • an allergic reaction such as hives

  • swelling of the lips

  • difficulty breathing

  • a swelling throat

  • a swelling tongue

The lesser serious possible side effects are...

  • gas

  • stomach pain

  • vomiting

  • nausea

  • headache

  • diarrhea

Omeprazole Capsules

Do not crush, chew, or break tablets. The drug may not work if the tablet is crushed or chewed. 

Swallow the pill whole. Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. 

What is Omeprazole in Liquid Form

Rather than swallowing capsules/tablets, you may choose to have your local pharmacy compound omeprazole in liquid form. 

This form may be given through a G-tube, NG-tube, or J-tube. Flush the tube well. 

Liquid compounded omeprazole must be refrigerated when storing. 

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