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What is the difference between omeprazole and omeprazole 20 mg EC?

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Omeprazole 20 mg EC differs from other forms of Omeprazole in terms of its dosage strength, appearance and the conditions it is used to treat, reports Drugs.com. Omeprazole is available in 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg extended release capsules, with 20 mg capsules being the most commonly prescribed.

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Omeprazole, commonly sold under the brand name Prilosec, is prescribed to treat a range of gastrointestinal diseases, including gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, gastrointestinal infection caused by H.pylori and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to Drugs.com. However, different dosage strengths are prescribed for different conditions. Omeprazole 20 mg EC is used to treat erosive esophagitis, duodenal ulcers and gastrointestinal H.pylori infection as well as the symptoms of GERD and dyspepsia in adults. Omeprazole 40 mg EC is commonly prescribed to treat gastric ulcers in adults. It is also used as an alternative treatment option when Omeprazole 20 mg EC fails to work. Omeprazole 10 mg EC is prescribed to children and infants who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders.

All Omeprazole capsules have the same ovoid, elliptical shape regardless of dosage strength, but they differ in size and color, according to Drugs.com. Omeprazole 20 mg EC capsules have a lavender cap and grey body, and they utilize a larger hard gelatin shell than the 10 mg capsules, which are smaller and have a lavender cap with a yellow body. Omeprazole 40 mg EC capsules are the largest of the three types and feature a yellow cap with a lavender body.

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