Omeprazole helps to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, treating symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and erosive esophagitis, explains Drugs.com. Taking omeprazole along with certain antibiotics may help counter helicobacter infection, relieving stomach ulcers. The drug may also relieve heartburn if used for a certain period.
Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor and its brands include Zegerid and Prilosec, explains Drugs.com. Taking 1 tablet omeprazole every day before eating helps to counter stomach problems. Patients should take Prilosec for at most 14 consecutive days, stop for about four months, and take another 14-day dose if necessary. Omeprazole doesn't treat heartburn right away.
Nursing mothers should seek medical advice before taking the medicine, according to Drug.com. The medicine is not good for children who are less than a year old. Persons who are allergic to benzimidazole, have low levels of magnesium, or suffer from low bone mineral density, heart disease or liver disease should consult with their doctors before taking the medicine.
An individual who experiences stomach pain, difficulty swallowing, sudden weight loss, nausea, or bloody or black stools should consult with his doctor before taking Prilosec. Taking the drug for extended periods may lead to bone fracture in the spine, hip and wrist. This side effect is common in persons who are more than 50 years old, notes Drugs.com.