Omeprazole 20 mg Capsules contain the active substance omeprazole.
It belongs to a group of medicines called ‘proton pump inhibitors’.
They work by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces.
Omeprazole 20mg Capsules are used to treat the following conditions:In adults:•‘Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease’ (GORD).
This is where acid from the stomach escapes into the gullet (the tube which connects your throat to your stomach) causing pain, inflammation and heartburn.•Ulcers in the upper part of the intestine (duodenal ulcer) or stomach (gastric ulcer).•Ulcers which are infected with bacteria called ‘Helicobacter pylori’.
If you have this condition, your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and allow the ulcer to heal.•Ulcers caused by medicines called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).
Omeprazole 20 mg Capsules can also be used to stop ulcers from forming if you are taking NSAIDs.•Too much acid in the stomach caused by a growth in the pancreas (Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
HOW TO USE
Always take Omeprazole 20 mg Capsules exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor will tell you how many capsules to take, and how long to take them for.
This will depend on your condition and how old you are.
The usual doses are given below.
Adults: To treat symptoms of GORD such as heartburn and acid regurgitation:•If your doctor has found that your food pipe (gullet) has been slightly damaged, the recommended dose is 20 mg once a day for 4‑8 weeks.
Your doctor may tell you to take a dose of 40 mg for a further 8 weeks if your gullet has not yet healed.•The recommended dose once the gullet has healed is 10 mg once a day.•If your gullet has not been damaged, the recommended dose is 10 mg once a day.
To treat ulcers in the upper part of the intestine (duodenal ulcer):•The recommended dose is 20 mg once a day for 2 weeks.
Your doctor may tell you to take the same dose for a further 2 weeks if your ulcer has not yet healed.•If the ulcer does not fully heal, the dose can be increased to 40 mg once a day for 4 weeks.
Do not take Omeprazole 20 mg Capsules:•If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to omeprazole or any of the other ingredients of Omeprazole 20 mg Capsules.•If you are allergic to medicines containing other proton pump inhibitors (e.g.
pantoprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, esomeprazole).•If you are taking a medicine containing nelfinavir (used for HIV infection).
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Omeprazole 20 mg Capsules.