• Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    August 12, 2010
    Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    August 12, 2010


    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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