Omeprazole

Name:

Omeprazole

Generic Name:

Omeprazole

Form:

Capsule, Tablet

Medication Class:

Proton Pump Inhibitor

Active Ingredient:

Omeprazole, Omeprazole Magnesium

Pregnancy Category:

Consult your physician (Category C)

NDCs

0113-0915 · 0179-0016 · 0179-1804 · 0179-8104 · 0363-0007 · 0363-0915 · 0378-5211 · 0378-5222 · 0378-6150 · 0615-1359 · 0615-2302 · More...

About this medication

Omeprazole is the name of the medication. It can come as a capsule or tablet, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called Proton Pump Inhibitor.

Why is this medication prescribed

The food we eat travels in our food pipe (called esophagus) from the mouth to the stomach. We have acid in our stomach that helps us digest food. The stomach has a 'doorman' (called sphincter) that does not allow the food and the acid to go backwards. Sometimes, that 'doorman' is not working properly and the acid goes up, a condition called treat GERD or reflux, and may cause heartburn. The acid can prevent healing of small wounds (called ulcers) in the stomach or the food pipes.

How does it work

Omeprazole belongs to a group of medications called Proton pump inhibitors. These medications work by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach.

How to use it

This medication comes as a pill. You should put it in your mouth and swallow it with a glass of water. Do not chew, break or crush it. Swallow it whole.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you become pregnant. There are not enough studies about this medication in pregnant women. Use the medication during pregnancy only if clearly needed.