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

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Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

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.

Proton pump inhibitors may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infection. High doses and long-term use (1 year or longer) may increase the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. Prolonged use also reduces absorption of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin).

Long-term use of PPIs has also been associated with low levels of magnesium (hypomagnesemia). Analysis of patients taking PPIs for long periods of time showed an increased risk of heart attacks.

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/1/2015


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