omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate - oral, Zegerid (cont.)

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily on an empty stomach 1 hour before a meal or as directed by your doctor.If you are using the capsule, take it with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not use other liquids. Do not open the capsule or sprinkle the contents into food.If you are using the packet, empty the entire contents into a small cup with 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 milliliters) of water. Do not use any other liquids or foods. Stir well and drink the entire mixture immediately. Do not save it for later use. To make sure you take all the medication, add more water to the cup and drink all of it.If this medication is to be given through an oral or nasal tube, empty the entire contents of a packet into a small container with about 20 milliliters of water. Do not use any other liquids or foods. Stir the mixture well and give immediately into the tube using the proper syringe. Wash the mixture through the tube with more water (about 20 milliliters). For patients receiving continuous tube feedings, the tube feeding should be stopped for 3 hours before and 1 hour after giving this medication.If needed, other antacids may be taken along with this medication.The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Different strengths of this medication contain the same amount of sodium bicarbonate in each dose. Do not take double of any strength (e.g., two 20 milligram packets) without your doctor's approval since this may give you too much sodium bicarbonate, increasing the risk of side effects (e.g., swelling of hands/feet).Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Continue to take this medication for the prescribed length of treatment, even if you are feeling better.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, or constipation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: swelling of hands/feet, unexplained sudden weight gain.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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