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Doctor insights on: What Is The Drug Omeprazole Used For

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Dr. Tri Huynh
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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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Could a 16 year old take the drug omeprazole for heartburn?

Yes: Most at this age could take the otc 20 mg tablet daily. It may be wise to consult with your pcp before starting treatment to review the symptom profile & be sure other issues do not need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Is there a drug interaction for Ceftin (cefuroxime) and Omeprazole? I am on ceftin (cefuroxime) 2x daily and Omeprazole 40mg daily. Can they be taken together?

Is there a drug interaction for Ceftin (cefuroxime) and Omeprazole? I am on ceftin (cefuroxime) 2x daily and Omeprazole 40mg daily.  Can they be taken together?

Med interactions: According to a drug interaction check, the absorption level of the Ceftin (cefuroxime) may be affected by lowered stomach acid which is what omeprazole does. It appears that any medication that lowers the acid would have this affect (for example, Zantac or Pepcid). This would reduce the effectiveness of the Ceftin (cefuroxime). You may want to discuss this with the doctor who prescribed the Ceftin (cefuroxime) or your pharmacist. ...Read more

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Which drug is safest for lifetime maintenance of GERD on daily basis: 40mg of omeprazole, 40mg protonix, or 40mg nexium (esomeprazole)?

Which drug is safest for lifetime maintenance of GERD on daily basis: 40mg of omeprazole, 40mg protonix, or 40mg nexium (esomeprazole)?

Equivalent, but: These are all pretty equivalent. They are different drug formulations that work on the same general mechanism within the stomach to decrease acid secretion. It is important to note that long term use of these medications can be associated with osteoporosis. It is important to maintain recommended calcium/vitamin D intake and see Dr. for assessment of osteoporosis risk. ...Read more

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I take 80mg of omeprazole a day I just had a drug test for work and it came back positive for THC I do not use marihuana why did this happen ?

I take 80mg of omeprazole a day I just had a drug test for work and it came back positive for THC I do not use marihuana why did this happen ?

False positive.: Most labs use EMIT,Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique which is prone to errors and Protonix (pantoprazole) does cause a false positive reading for Marijuana. When you have a urine drug test bring your prescription bottle with you. It could also be technician error. ...Read more

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I'm on day 1 of taking Omeprazole for chronic acid reflux but it hasn't started working yet. Is it safe to additionally take antacids with this drug?

I'm on day 1 of taking Omeprazole for chronic acid reflux but it hasn't started working yet. Is it safe to additionally take antacids with this drug?

Yes: go ahead and take the antacids especially if you know it works. It can take awhile to get relief. The inflammation can take several months to heal. Also don't smoke or use nicotine, caffeine or decaf coffee, reduce to an optimal weight and elevate the head of your bed 4-6 inches on an incline so that the acid at night stays away form the esophagus. The body makes the most acid at night ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Losec (Definition)

Losec is a proton pump inhibitor which is a kind of ...Read more