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Drugs reference index «Omeprazole Suspension»

Omeprazole Suspension

Generic Name: Omeprazole (oh-MEP-ra-zole)Brand Name: Prilosec

Omeprazole Suspension is used for:

Treating heartburn or irritation of the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may also be used for short-term treatment of ulcers of the stomach or small intestines. It may also be used with certain antibiotics to treat ulcers of the small intestines and to help prevent them from coming back. It may also be used to treat conditions that cause your body to make too much stomach acid (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Omeprazole Suspension is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Do NOT use Omeprazole Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Omeprazole Suspension
  • you are taking dasatinib or certain HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir, nelfinavir)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Omeprazole Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Omeprazole Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems or stomach or bowel cancer

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Omeprazole Suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Voriconazole because it may increase the risk of Omeprazole Suspension's side effects
  • Ginkgo biloba because it may decrease Omeprazole Suspension's effectiveness
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), benzodiazepines (eg, diazepam), cilostazol, cyclosporine, disulfiram, phenytoin, saquinavir, or tacrolimus because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Omeprazole Suspension
  • Ampicillins, azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), clopidogrel, dasatinib, erlotinib, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir, nelfinavir), or iron because their effectiveness may be decreased by Omeprazole Suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Omeprazole Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Omeprazole Suspension:

Use Omeprazole Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Omeprazole Suspension by mouth on an empty stomach before eating.
  • Tear open the medicine packet. If you are using the 2.5 mg packet, pour it into a glass with 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of water. If you are using the 10 mg packet, pour it into a glass with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of water. Check with your pharmacist if you are unsure of how much water to mix with your medicine.
  • Stir well. Allow the mixture to thicken for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir again. Drink the mixture within 30 minutes. If any medicine remains in the glass, add more water. Stir, then drink right away.
  • You may take antacids while you are using Omeprazole Suspension if you are directed to do so by your doctor.
  • Continue to take Omeprazole Suspension even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Omeprazole Suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Omeprazole Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Omeprazole Suspension may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Omeprazole Suspension with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.
  • Omeprazole Suspension may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Omeprazole Suspension.
  • Omeprazole Suspension should be used with caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients.
  • Omeprazole Suspension should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Omeprazole Suspension while you are pregnant. Omeprazole Suspension is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Omeprazole Suspension.

Possible side effects of Omeprazole Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; gas; headache; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; dark urine; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe stomach pain; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vision changes; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include blurred vision; confusion; fast heartbeat; flushing; increased sweating; severe headache, drowsiness, or nausea; vomiting.

Proper storage of Omeprazole Suspension:

Store Omeprazole Suspension at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Omeprazole Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

If you have any questions about Omeprazole Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Omeprazole Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Omeprazole Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Omeprazole Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Omeprazole Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • omeprazole Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Omeprazole Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Prilosec Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Prilosec Consumer Overview