Omeprazole is taken to treat stomach and esophagus conditions like non-cancerous acid reflux ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, active duodenal ulcer, Zollinger-Ellison symptoms and erosive esophagitis. It is usually used to heal the esophagus by helping lower stomach acid levels.
According to WebMD, if you’re self-treating or self-medicating with over the counter omeprazole, please ensure to read the care instructions carefully. Many people consume this medicine to treat minor and acute heartburn.
How to use Omeprazole?
Your doctor might give you care instructions along with guidelines for the consumption of prescribed omeprazole. The most common method to consume it is orally, in the form of a tablet. You can take this daily, as directed by your medical professional, once a day. It is advised to take this medication before a meal.
Your doctor will prescribe your dosage based on your condition, and your body’s response to the prescribed medicine will determine the length of treatment. In children, the dosage can be prescribed based on weight and age or Body Mass Index.
In case you’re taking over the counter omeprazole, follow the care instructions and guidelines carefully on the label. In case of any queries and doubts regarding prescribed or OTC medicine consult a doctor or your local pharmacist.
Do not chew, break or crush these medications as most of the medicinal properties might get lost, increasing the chances of side effects being more prominent.
To get the maximum benefit out of this medication, use it regularly without missing a dose. It might be helpful to take the medication at the same time every day.
According to WebMD, if you’re self-medicating or using OTC omeprazole, then do not consume it for more than 14 days without consultation or guidance from a medical professional.
What precautions should be taken before taking Omeprazole?
- Ensure that you’re not allergic to Omeprazole, and similar medications like esomeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole, nexium, prevacid and others.
- Before consuming this medication tell your medical professional or pharmacist your medical history which includes problems related to the liver and lupus disease.
- In case you are taking OTC Omeprazole, check all the ingredients on the package and ensure that you’re not allergic to any of the active or inactive substances used in the medicine.
- Inform the pharmacist or doctor if you are also taking rilpivirine medication.
- In case of the following symptoms seek medical help immediately: heartburn for over 3 months, trouble swallowing food, bloody or black stools, vomit that imitates the shape and texture of coffee grounds, frequent chest pain, sudden weight loss, frequent wheezing with heartburn, nausea, vomiting, liver disease, low levels of magnesium in the blood, and/ or low bone density.
- Inform your doctor about the vitamin, nutrient supplements or/and herbal supplements that you are consuming or are planning to take in the future, specially St. John’s wort.
- When pregnant or breastfeeding, only consume this medication under the guidance of a medical professional who is aware of your condition.
How can NSUR help with Omeprazole?
NSUR offers a prescription discount card called NSURx to help you save money on your Omeprazole prescriptions.
Simply present your NSURx card to the pharmacist the next time you fill a prescription of Omeprazole medication at your local pharmacy, and you could save up to 80% on your prescription costs! Moreover, every time you fill a prescription using NSURx, you will receive NSUR Coin as a reward, which you can use to buy goods and services on our health and wellness shopping platform.
Over 35,000 pharmacies accept NSURx prescriptions, including major chains like Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart and smaller, independent retailers in your neighborhood.
There is no limit on the number of prescriptions you can fill using NSURx or the frequency at which you can fill them. You can even use NSURx to get discounts on other prescriptions for your friends and family (including pets!).
Visit NSURx’s price lookup tool to see how much you can start saving today on your Tresiba prescriptions and to find the nearest pharmacy to you that accepts NSURx, or call +1 (855) 917-6216. Most users have a pharmacy within 2 miles of their home that takes NSURx.