omeprazole, omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate, Prilosec, Zegerid (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS: Omeprazole like other PPIs is well-tolerated. The most common side effects are:

Other important side effects include:

  • Nervousness,
  • abnormal heartbeat,
  • muscle pain,
  • weakness,
  • leg cramps, and water retention occur infrequently.

Each packet of Zegerid powder for oral suspension contains 460 mg of sodium and each capsule contains 304 mg of sodium. This should be taken into consideration in patients who need a sodium restricted diet.

High doses and long-term use (1 year or longer) may increase the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. Therefore, it is important to use the lowest doses and shortest duration of treatment necessary for the condition being treated.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes (Prilosec)

PRESCRIPTION: Yes; No (Prilosec OTC, Zegerid OTC)

PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 10, 20 and 40 mg. Tablets: 20 mg (Prilosec OTC). Powder for oral suspension: 20 and 40 mg

STORAGE: Capsules should be stored at 15 to 30 C (59 to 86 F) and tablets at 20 to 25 C (68 to 77 F). They should be kept away from moisture and light.

DOSING: For ulcers, GERD, erosive esophagitis and eradication of H. pylori the recommended dose for adults is 20-40 mg daily. Ulcer healing usually occurs within 4-8 weeks.

H. pylori infections are treated for 10-28 days.

The usual dose for prevention of upper gastrointestinal bleeding in critically ill patients is 40 mg daily for 14 days.

Prilosec OTC is used for treating heartburn for up to two weeks, and the usual dose is 20 mg daily.

For the management of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome the starting dose for adults is 60 mg daily, and the dose is adjusted based on either the response of symptoms or the actual measurement of acid production. Doses greater than 80 mg should be divided. Doses up to 120 mg three times a day have been used in the treatment of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/12/2014


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