LOSEC Omeprazole Capsules 200mg 28 Tablets
- Losec (Omeprazole) is a widely-used treatment for indigestion and acid reflux.
- It’s also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
- Losec (Omeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).
- It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
What are Losec (Omeprazole) Capsules used for?
Losec (Omeprazole) reduces the amount of acid your stomach makes. It’s a widely-used treatment for indigestion and acid reflux. It’s also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers. If you’re self-treating with Omeprazole, don’t take it for longer than 2 weeks without checking with a doctor. Some Omeprazole capsules contain small amounts of lactose, so they may be unsuitable for people with a digestive problem called lactose intolerance.
Is it safe to take with pre-existing conditions?
To make sure Omeprazole is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to Omeprazole or any other medicines in the past liver problems
How and when to take Losec (Omeprazole)
It’s usual to take Omeprazole once a day, first thing in the morning. It doesn’t upset the stomach so you can take it with or without food. If you take Omeprazole twice a day, take one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening.
The usual dose to treat: indigestion is 10mg to 20mg a day acid reflux disease is 20mg to 40mg a day Swallow tablets and capsules whole with a glass of water or juice.
Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat (acid reflux). If it keeps happening, it’s called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
Check if you have acid reflux The main symptoms of acid reflux are:
heartburn – a burning sensation in the middle of your chest an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth, caused by stomach acid You may also have:
a cough or hiccups that keep coming back a hoarse voice bad breath bloating and feeling sick Your symptoms will probably be worse after eating, when lying down and when bending over.
Causes of heartburn and acid reflux Lots of people get heartburn from time to time. There’s often no obvious reason why.
Sometimes it’s caused or made worse by:
certain food and drink – such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and fatty or spicy foods being overweight smoking pregnancy stress and anxiety some medicines, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen) a hiatus hernia – when part of your stomach moves up into your chest
How you can ease heartburn and acid reflux yourself Simple lifestyle changes can help stop or reduce heartburn.
Do: Eat smaller, more frequent meals Raise one end of your bed 10-20cm by putting something under your bed or mattress – to make it so your chest and head are above the level of your waist, so stomach acid doesn’t travel upwards towards your throat Try to lose weight if you’re overweight Try find ways to relax
Don’t: Have food or drink that triggers your symptoms Eat within 3 or 4 hours before bed Wear clothes that are tight around your waist Smoke Drink too much alcohol Stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to a doctor first
A pharmacist can help with heartburn and acid reflux Speak to a pharmacist for advice if you keep getting heartburn.
They can recommend medicines called antacids that can help ease your symptoms.
It’s best to take these with food or soon after eating, as this is when you’re most likely to get heartburn. They may also work for longer if taken with food.
See a GP if: Lifestyle changes and pharmacy medicines aren’t helping You have heartburn most days for 3 weeks or more You have other symptoms, like food getting stuck in your throat, frequently being sick or losing weight for no reason
Your GP can provide stronger treatments and help rule out any more serious possible causes of your symptoms.
Side effects Most people who take omeprazole don’t have any side effects. If you do get a side effect, it’s usually mild and will go away when you stop taking omeprazole.
Common side effects Common side effects, which happen in more than 1 in 100 people, include:
headaches diarrhoea stomach pain constipation wind feeling sick or vomiting Omeprazole may also make you feel dizzy or sleepy. Some people might find it difficult to fall asleep.
It may also cause an itchy or lumpy skin rash or make your feet or ankles swell.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if the side effects bother you or don’t go away.
Serious side effects Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people.
Tell a doctor straight away if you have:
joint pain along with a red skin rash, especially in parts of your body exposed to the sun, such as your arms, cheeks and nose – these can be signs of a rare condition called subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus that can happen weeks or even years after taking omeprazole yellow skin, dark pee and tiredness – these can be signs of liver problems reddening, blisters and peeling of the skin, there may also be severe blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals – these can be signs of Stevens-Johnson syndrome Serious allergic reaction In rare cases, it’s possible to have a serious allergic reaction to omeprazole.
A serious allergic reaction is an emergency. Contact a doctor straight away if you think you or someone around you is having a serious allergic reaction.
These are not all the side effects of Losec/omeprazole. For a full list see the patient information leaflet.
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