Manufacturer: CIPLA manufactures OMECIP.
The uses of OMECIP include:
Prescription omeprazole is used alone or with other medications to treat ulcers (sores in the lining of the stomach or small intestine), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth and stomach), and erosive esophagitis (swelling and wearing away of the lining of the esophagus).
Omeprazole delayed-release capsules are also used to treat conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid.
Omeprazole delayed-release capsules are also used in combination with other medications to eliminate H. pylori (a bacteria that causes ulcers) and possibly prevent new ulcers from developing in patients who have or have had ulcers of the small intestine.
Omeprazole powder for suspension (to be mixed with water) is also used to prevent bleeding from the esophagus, stomach, or the top of the small intestine in people who have life-threatening illnesses. Nonprescription omeprazole is used to treat frequent heartburn (heartburn that occurs at least 2 days a week).
Omeprazole is in a class of medications called proton-pump inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach.
Omeprazole comes as a delayed-release capsule (Prilosec), a nonprescription delayed-release tablet (Prilosec OTC), a powder for suspension (Zegerid) , and a regular capsule (Zegerid). The powder and regular capsule also contain sodium bicarbonate, a medication that decreases the amount of acid in the stomach and helps omeprazole to work quickly. The delayed-release capsules are usually taken once a day before a meal, but may be taken twice a day when used with other medications to eliminate H. pylori or up to three times a day when used to treat conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid. The capsules are usually taken once a day in the morning on an empty stomach one hour before a meal. The powder is usually taken once a day on an empty stomach one hour before a meal either in the morning or at bedtime. The nonprescription delayed-release tablets are usually taken once a day in the morning before eating. The nonprescription tablets should be taken for 14 days in a row, and additional 14-day treatments may be repeated once every 4 months if needed. To help you remember to take omeprazole, take it at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label or the package label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take omeprazole exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often or for a longer period of time than prescribed by your doctor or stated on the package.
Swallow the regular omeprazole capsules with water. Do not swallow the capsules with any other liquid.
Swallow the delayed-release omeprazole capsules, the regular capsules, and the nonprescription delayed-release tablets whole; do not split, open, chew or crush them. Do not crush the nonprescription delayed-release tablets in food and do not open the regular capsules and mix the contents with food.
If you have difficulty swallowing the delayed-release capsules, you may add the contents of a delayed-release capsule to applesauce. Place one tablespoon of soft, cool applesauce in an empty bowl. Open the delayed-release capsule and carefully empty all the pellets inside the capsule onto the applesauce. Mix the pellets with the applesauce and swallow the mixture immediately with a glass of cool water. Do not chew or crush the pellets. Do not store the applesauce/pellet mixture for future use.
If you are taking the powder, you must mix it with water before use. Place 1-2 tablespoons of water into a small cup and add the contents of one powder packet. Mix well and drink the mixture immediately. Refill the cup with water and drink the water to be sure that you swallow all of the medication. Do not mix the medication with any other liquid or with food.
If you are taking the powder or the regular capsules, be sure that you are taking the strength and the number of capsules or powder packets that your doctor prescribed. If you were told to take one 40-mg capsule or powder packet, do not take two 20-mg capsules or powder packets instead. They do not contain the same amount of medication as one 40-mg capsule or packet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how many capsules or packets you should take.
Do not take nonprescription omeprazole for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. It may take 1-4 days for you to feel the full benefit of the medication. Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse or do not improve after 14 days or if your symptoms return sooner than 4 months after you finish your treatment Do not take nonprescription omeprazole for longer than 14 days or more often than once every 4 months without talking to your doctor.