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Omeprazole (Definition)

Omeprazole is the generic equivalent of prilosec, the first oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor ...Read more


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I need to take omeprazole but I just ate and forgot to take it how long should I wait to take it after I eat?

I need to take omeprazole but I just ate and forgot to take it how long should I wait to take it after I eat?

Taking Prilosec: You should not wait to take your omeprazole. Take it as soon as you can. The best time to take it, if you are taking once a day, is 1/2 hour before breakfast. ...Read more

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I have constant reflux, and take omeprazole. What can I use to treat my breathe. After I eat/drink anything I have a constant taste of what I had.?

I have constant reflux, and take omeprazole. What can I use to treat my breathe. After I eat/drink anything I have a constant taste of what I had.?

Breath: Make sure you're brushing your tongue and gums. Also, really gargle well (I find peroxide and water mixed in equal portions) twice daily. See the dentist to check for tooth decay which can lead to bad breath. Reflux can cause tooth decay. An "alternative" treatment would be something called activated charcoal. ...Read more

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I'm taking omeprazole 20mg for gerd. I get extremely nauseated, but only after I eat. This happens almost every time. Is this ok?

I'm taking omeprazole 20mg for gerd. I get extremely nauseated, but only after I eat. This happens almost every time. Is this ok?

Doctor can evaluate: A doctor can evaluate to see what might be going on. Maybe there is a gallstone or gall bladder sludge problem. Sometimes the gerd or gastritis is still happening despite taking the medication. The stomach emptying time may be taking too long. A GI specialist can help figure things out, try additional treatments, and/or do an upper endoscopy to see how things look in the esophagus and stomach. ...Read more

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I have severe to light pain in my stomach? I have taken omeprazole, which didn't work. It hurts really bad sometimes after I eat, and sometimes it starts up on its own. There are times when I can't even touch my stomach because of the pain. It has been go

I have severe to light pain in my stomach? I have taken omeprazole, which didn't work. It hurts really bad sometimes after I eat, and sometimes it starts up on its own. There are times when I can't even touch my stomach because of the pain. It has been go

Unfortunately: Unfortunately the description of your symptoms does not allow me to provide a very educated suggestion as to the cause of your problems. In particular, the causes for abdominal pain can be quite diverse, ranging from an "internal organ" problem, such as gallbladder, intestine, pancreas, urological, to musculoskeletal, such as a hernia, to neurological, such as a pinched nerve or neuralgia due to infection.

In order to provide a more logical path to working out the cause of your pain, one would want to know about the nature of your pain (characterize it, sharp, dull, constant, crampy, associated with eating, change with movement, referred pain), and associated symptoms, such as the presence or absence of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, distention, weight loss, other medical history.

The fact that you stated that you have pain after you eat, may point to this being a gallbladder problem, which is a very common problem, especially amongst women in the 30-40s. That Omeprazole did not help goes along with a gallbladder problem, since Omeprazole is an antacid. Gallstones cause pain after eating, particularly with fatty goods, which normally stimulate the gallbladder which stores bile, to squeeze and dump the bile into the intestines to assist with digestion. If there is a gallstone (s), then the gallbladder is squeezing against resistance/obstruction, and this causes a typical crampy mid-abdominal pain that starts about 20-30 minutes after eating and lasts for a few hours. The pain may travel to the back.

In order to validate this diagnosis, you will need some additional testing including ultrasound, liver function tests, tests for pancreatitis (amylase and lipase), urine tests. ...Read more

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On 80mg. Omeprazole for 5 days with no change in mucous or sore throat. Worse after I eat. Any ideas? Don't have heartburn at all.

On 80mg. Omeprazole for 5 days with no change in mucous or sore throat. Worse after I eat. Any ideas? Don't have heartburn at all.

Post nasal drip: Omeprazole is used to reduce stomach acid, thus reducing heartburn. It will not affect mucous which is probably post nasal drip causing your throat to be sore. You'll need to figure out if the mucous is a result of allergy to pollen, a cold or perhaps sinus infection, and treat accordingly. ...Read more

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I have GERD &take prilosec. I feel the need to eat often in the day to relieve the sickness I feel cause it helps. What can I do, I'm gaining weight?

I have GERD &take prilosec. I feel the need to eat often in the day to relieve the sickness I feel cause it helps. What can I do, I'm gaining weight?

Potential ulcer: If you have already been on Prilosec and still have nausea and need to eat you should consider the possibility of the presence of an ulcer or h. Pylori. Make sure you are not taking any nsaids like Aspirin or Ibuprofen and check with your doctor. ...Read more

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My fingers have turned a orange rust color? I eat a lot of carrots, be why? I eat about an 7 in carrot daily. I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and prilosec maybe that?

My fingers have turned a orange rust color? I eat a lot of carrots, be why? I eat about an 7 in carrot daily. I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and prilosec maybe that?

You might: Have ingested too much carotene, the yellow pigment in carrots. I don't think there is any downside to it, but orange color will probably spread to other body parts. Try cutting down on carrot intake. ...Read more

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I take Prilosec and Tums (calcium carbonate) but I still have pain in throat and chest everytime after I eat how do u know if your esophagus id damaged. What are sypmtoms?

I take Prilosec and Tums (calcium carbonate) but I still have pain in throat and chest everytime after I eat how do u know if your esophagus id damaged. What are sypmtoms?

Dysphagia: Are you taking those meds under a doctor's supervision? The otc versions should be limited to 2 weeks' use if not. You may have an anatomical problem instead of simple reflux. Please see a GI or ENT for a thorough evaluation- your esophagus needs to be examined, pronto! ...Read more

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Should I take Prilosec and melatonin together?

Should I take Prilosec and melatonin together?

Prilosec & Melatonin: I am unsure why you are taking prilosec or melatonin at the age of 16? Are you having symptoms of GERD (gesture-esophageal reflux) and insomnia.? Have you seen your pediatrician regarding these health ailments? ...Read more

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Gastritis- do I take Prilosec once or twice a day?

Gastritis- do I take Prilosec once or twice a day?

DEPENDS: If it is a pretty nasty case you may need twice a day otherwise once a day is fine. ...Read more

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How long does omeprazole (prilosec) take to help you?

3 days: It typically takes a few days to become active. Full effects usually longer, on the order of 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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If I took prilosec at 7:30 a.month is it safe to take a 800mg Ib?

Yes but GI risk: The question of taking ibuprofen depends on what your G.I. problems are. This may be something you need to have evaluated by your physician. Are you taking your prilosec because you had an ulcer or reflux or what. This is a question I cannot answer with the data ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 1 Prilosec (over the counter) in the AM and one in the PM daily?

Prilosec: Long term treatment with PPI agents such as this is not advisable due to serious side effects, also a formal diagnosis must be established prior to long term therapy, pre cancerous lesion may be masked if not evaluated by imaging (endoscopy) ...Read more

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I know Prilosec blocks b12 when taken orally but does it block if you take the shot?

No: Vitamin B 12 injection will get it into the blood and other organs where it is needed. ...Read more

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Just started taking Prilosec and then I didn't take it for 4 again is there any side effects?

Prilosec S.E.'s: Prilosec is a very well tolerated medication, but in the short term it can cause a number of dose-dependent side effects including commonly headache and diarhea. Longer term use carries other consequences (please see my earlier answer on this topic in healthtap). ...Read more

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Can you take Prilosec at night? If so, is it best to take it before dinner or right before bedtime?

Prilosec timing: Yes, you may take Prilosec or generic Omeprazole at night or in the morning. This med is not a 24 hr acid blocker. Acid production is stimulated by food, particularly meats. And onset of action is 45-90 minutes. You may take it before dinner, but should be about 30-45 min. Goal is symptom relief. Morning dosing is typical but not absolute. ...Read more

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I read on Prilosec [rx] that if you have pains do not take the over-the-counter product brand of it. Why does it say that?

Not sure: I've not read any of that. I think they may be referring to the fact that if you still have pain on the rx one, don't just take otc as it is the same thing. Otherwise, they are identical pills. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 40mg of Prilosec a day? I have no insurance so a simple yes it is safe or no it is not is what I am after.

Yes: Side effects are few and far between and are more likely with long term use. These include certain infections and weaker bones. ...Read more

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I ran out prilosec 40mg. I will refill it tomorrow from the pharmacy in the meanwhile I have 2 pills of 20 mg can I take both instead till tmrw?

I ran out prilosec 40mg. I will refill it tomorrow from the pharmacy in the meanwhile I have 2 pills of 20 mg can I take both instead till tmrw?

Yes: If a patient is on Prilosec 40 mg capsules, and runs out, but has some 20 mg capsules, he can take two of the 20 mg capsules. For Prilosec capsules, two 20 mg capsules is the same as 1 40 mg capsule. ...Read more

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I'm waiting for insurance to approve my omeprozole perscription. I found prilosec in the cupboard but it expired 5 years ago! Can I still take it?

Probably: Prilosec is the brand name for omeprazole. If the pill or capsule is dry, the package undisturbed and the temperature in the house has been even, then it should still be good and have the right effect for you. There will certainly be no harm. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start taking 5 htp 100mg for the first time. I wasn't able to find the 50 mg. I'm taking for appetite control! Can I take with prilosec?

Is it ok to start taking 5 htp 100mg for the first time. I wasn't able to find the 50 mg. I'm taking for appetite control! Can I take with prilosec?

Yes: 5-htp will help increase your serotonin which I guess is what you're after to help. 100mg is ok, can slowly increase. I'd suggest adding relora 2 x daily as well as green coffee bean extract but that must be taken at least 30 min prior to each meal to be effective. I'd try to get off the omeprazol - bad stuff long term as far as nutrient absorption. Get a digestive enzyme and probiotic instead! ...Read more

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Prilosec otc box says to use for 14 days, then not use again for 4 months. Repeat. Most people take it everyday though. Is the "box cycle" effective?

Prilosec otc box says to use for 14 days, then not use again for 4 months. Repeat. Most people take it everyday though. Is the "box cycle" effective?

It can be: It can be, for very mild symptoms. For more persistent symptoms of reflux, a 6-week course of everyday use often results in prolonged relief that can last for months or longer afterwards. Everyday use without end is reserved for severe cases that don't resolve with initial treatment. You're correct that most people do not use this medication correctly and don't get great results accordingly. ...Read more

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I've had indengestion since spring and have lost 30 lbs which some I've gained back. O was scoped which came back normal I take Prilosec with little rel?

I've had indengestion since spring and have lost 30 lbs which some I've gained back. O was scoped which came back normal I take Prilosec with little rel?

Maybe not acid cause: Prilosec and other ppis decrease production of stomach acid, which works if the problem is acidish. If not, then they don't work. Think of other possibilities (and so should your doc). Don't know your age, history, sex, meds, etc. Other causes for "indigestion" can include bile reflux, chemical infl of stomach, celiac disease, pancreas, cardiac, colon issues, emotional
c ur doc again. Keep look. ...Read more

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Is Prilosec safe to take while pregnant?

Is Prilosec safe to take while pregnant?

Yes: It's safe. Just take it at the recommended dosage. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can I take a probiotic while on prilosec?

Can I take a probiotic while on prilosec?

Yes, and more: I don't see any contraindication to taking probiotics with prilosec. I also recommend taking calcium/vitamin d/magnesium and b vitamins since acid blockers reduce absorption of these vitamins/minerals. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Prilosec and hyoscyamine together?

Yes but: The Hyoscyamine can delay gastric emptying which can exacerbate gastro-esophageal reflux disease, if that's what you have. There is no interaction between the two drugs otherwise. ...Read more

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Is expired Prilosec ok to take?

Expired Med Use: Pharmaceutical manufacturers issue expiration dates that insures potency, use after that date, there is no guarantee that there is sufficient medication to control your symptoms. ...Read more

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Ok to take Prilosec every other day?

Yes: As long as it works for you. Consider taking magnesium supplement since Prilosec may reduce absorption of this mineral ...Read more

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Could u take geri-lanta with prilosec?

Yes for a short time: Geri-lanta (aluminum/magnesium/simethecone) is indicated for upset stomach, heartburn bloating/gas. It works on neutralizing acid in the stomach. Prilosec (omeprazole) suppress acid production. Take ger-lanta after meals/at bedtime as needed for 1-2 weeks and Prilosec 30 minutes before breakfast for at most 2 weeks. If symptoms persist/worsen see a doctor. Side effects headache/diarrhea/constipation. ...Read more