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Q: Dosage for Omeprazole

What is the usual length of time one would take omeprazole for GERD, 20 mg, 2tablets, once a day?

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Jan Gambino, Health Guide
8/12/10 11:31am

Hello,

It sounds like you want to know how long a child should take Omeprazole for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Is that correct?

Omeprazole is a proton pump inihibitor medication or PPI. The manufacturer specifies that it is approved for short term treatment of esophagitis. Eight weeks is recommended but if there is evidence that further treatment is needed, another 8 weeks of treatment is warranted. With that being said, many children and adults require more long term use of PPI medication. It is important to follow up with the doctor to ensure that the medication is still needed. Sometimes it is possible to reduce the dose or use a PPI as needed.

I hope this answers your question.

Best wishes, Jan

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By Yungkans, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 08/11/10