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What Is The Use Of Omeprazole 20mg To The Body
Omeprazole: Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. That means it blocks the release of stomach acid made by certain cells in the stomach. It has relatively few side effects. Rarely patients may have nausea or vomiting, headaches, or increased gas. Even more rarely is a risk of increasing bone fractures, pneumonia, or colitis. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Was on Omeprazole for the majority of 8 years. What kind of long term damage may I have caused to my body?
No harm done: There are conflicting observational studies regards long term use of PPI's like Omeprazole. PPI's reduce the adsorption of Vit B12 and can cause B12 deficiency,but only in the elderly. PPI's decrease adsorption of Calcium Carbonate and some studies show it may promote osteoporosis. ...Read more
How long can I take omeprazole 10 mg ? I have used it a few times during two weeks and it helped me. Can I use it for several months?
Nothing serious: There is not much data available. Yet it is a fairly safe drug and can be sued for the long term. But try to skip it for one day off and on. ...Read more
I've been on Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg and now omeprazole (2 * 20mg p/d) for several years.
Is this safe?
Is it ok to buy over-the-counter and use it (4*10mg)
Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Rare sexual dysfunct: Omeprazole is a medication that decreases the stomach's production of acid. There are rare reports of men taking Omeprazole who have experienced impotence and/ or breast enlargement related to use of this drug. Long- term use can also prevent adequate calcium absorption, thereby increasing future risk of osteoporosis. However no particular 'hormones' have been seen to be abnormal in these cases. ...Read more
Waning off omeprazol: Try to take it every other night.And if it works try every third day and than twice a week, and if you have no symptoms of reflux you may stop it and see how you go.You should still keep some, if you eat the wrong kind of food, drink alcohol etc, you may take it to prevent heartburn.Consult your doctor, as tto if you can stop only if you have no endoscoppy evidence of esophagitis etc. ...Read more
Headache, diarrhea: If you're referring to headache and diarrhea, these are both very common Prilosec side effects that should resolve once the drug is discontinued. Many other acid blockers in the ppi class share these side effects. Worrisome symptoms however, unrelated to Prilosec but that mimic a "stomach bug" would include: bleeding, weight loss, persistent vomiting, signs of gut obstruction. See doc if concerned ...Read more
Will taking 40mg of omeprazole give you nausea? How long does it take at that dose to leave the body?
Omeprazole: Omeprazole blocks acid secretion by the stomach but nausea would be a most unusual side effect in my long experience prescribing it. Generally a dose is prescribed for once daily consistent with a 24 hour effect. In your case, if this reaction occurs every time you take it, it is a bone fide side effect. Your pharmacist may have more information about this matter. Zantac may be better tolerated. ...Read more
I take omeprazole 20g every day. Is it safe to use it a year straight? What affect have on other organs?
Omeprazole: Omeprazole reduces stomach acid and reduces symptoms of heartburn. It can limit acid injury or allow healing of acid injury to the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum mucosa. Omeprazole can induce magnesium deficiency, impair protein digestion, minimally - and can induce allergic-like reactions in kidney, leading to some loss of functions - rare. Do not be alarmed - benefits far outweigh risks. ...Read more
If omeprazole is not recommended for long term use, what would you suggest as a suitable alternative? Ranitidine has been tried and did not work.
Infection/absorption: The most common concerns are infection, electrolytes, and metabolic bone disease. The stomach acid kills bacteria. Less acid may cause GI infections and pneumonia (from reflux into the lungs). Decreasing acid may cause malabsorption leading to changes in the blood salts (electrolytes). Malabsorption of calcium can lead to osteoporosis. Multiple polyps can also occur. ...Read more
Is losec (omeprazole) ok to use if you are on a gluten free diet of does the actual product contain gluten?
I was diagnosed with gerd. Been taking omeprazole daily for years. It helps, but the package says take only for two weeks. Is daily use ok?
Usually: Daily ppi use for gerd should be reserved for those that have be or worse enough symptoms to warrant its daily use. The side effect profile is very good, however more evidence is being accumulated regarding potential side effects with long term use. You want to slowly titrate off and see what happens. Discuss with your doctor as you may need an egd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I ve to use omeprazole, does it blocks absorption of calcium?; or just reduces it ?
How many mg calcium i shd take to combat effect if dairy allergic?
Family Practice: 1200 mg ca with 1000mg vit d per day you can have your dr measure your levels to determine how much your body needs. ...Read more