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What is Omeprazole Used For?

With so many names for medicines, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with what treats what. Omeprazole may be a medication you have heard of, or perhaps even taken in the past to treat heartburn.

In this article, we take a look at Omeprazole in more detail and the different ailments it’s used for.

So aside from heartburn, Omeprazole is an affordable medicine that can also be taken for acid reflux and some types of stomach ulcers. As you have gathered, it’s a very popular medication for treating problems related to the stomach area, including controlling the inhibition of gastric acid in the stomach wall. Another name for Omeprazole is Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) as it can reliably stop the production of hydrogen potassium ATP.

Symptoms of acid reflux should never be overlooked, as it can trigger off a number of further health problems. Gastrointestinal problems start to occur when there’s too much acid present in the stomach walls. 

Omeprazole works by increasing the pH balance inside our stomach to neutralise the acids, raising the H anions inside the body. Once the acids are at a low level, symptoms subside. 

It’s important to be aware of the side effects of Omeprazole; not usually life-threatening, but still important to note:

  • headaches
  • allergic reactions
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling nauseous
  • vomiting
  • swelling of lips, face or even hands and legs
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • hallucinations

Everybody reacts differently to medication and side effects are usually experienced by Omeprazole. Many patients experience zero side effects.

If stomach acid symptoms and side effects do not disappear within an effective time, stop using Omeprazole immediately.

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