How to take Omeprazole
Omeprazole is one of the most widely used drugs for the prevention and treatment of various stomach ailments. It's basically a protector that decreases the secretion of stomach acids, helping to control discomfort in patients suffering from conditions like gastric reflux, ulcers or gastritis. If you have been prescribed this medication and you're not sure how to take it, at oneHOWTO we'll explain how to take Omeprazole in 10 mg or 20 mg doses.
The daily recommended dose of omeprazole is 20 mg. If you've purchased the 10 mg capsules, then take two, otherwise just take the one 20 mg capsule. Don't exceed the daily dose unless your doctor prescribes it.
This drug is taken orally. You should take Omeprazole preferably in the morning on an empty stomach, with a little water or juice, and never with soda or carbonated drinks. The capsules should be swallowed and not chewed, because they must enter the stomach whole. They're soft capsules that are easy to swallow without difficulty.
If, after taking Omeprazole for a month, your acid reflux symptoms haven't improved, it's important to consult your doctor for a possible dosage adjustment, if necessary. Similarly, if you feel that the recommended daily dose of 20 mg is too strong or too weak for you, it's important to consult your doctor. Make sure you know how long it takes for Omeprazole to work, as it takes different amounts of times depending on the condition you are taking it for. So we advise you not to worry unless the estimate time for each condition has passed.
Remember that taking Omeprazole should always be prescribed by your doctor. So don't stop taking the medication even if you feel your symptoms have diminished or disappeared, because they may return if you don't complete the full treatment successfully.
If you have forgotten to take Omeprazole, take it as soon as you can, but if it is closer to the time of your next dosage, forget about it and take the next dose, never take two at a time.
If you have any further questions, consult your gastroenterologist.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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- Always read the instructions on the package and follow them unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- The dose for children must be indicated by your doctor.