Generic Name: OMEPRAZOLE DELAYED RELEASE TABLET - ORAL Pronounced: (oh-MEH-pruh-zole) Omeprazole Oral Uses
Omeprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus
problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers). It works by decreasing the amount of
acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty
swallowing, and persistent cough. This medication helps heal acid damage to the
stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the
esophagus. Omeprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump
If you are self-treating with this medication,
over-the-counter omeprazole products are used to treat frequent heartburn
(occurring 2 or more days a week). Since it may take 1 to 4 days to have full
effect, these products do not relieve heartburn right away.
For over-the-counter products, carefully read the package
instructions to make sure the product is right for you. Check...
Alternative Names Ulcer - peptic; Ulcer - duodenal; Ulcer - gastric; Duodenal ulcer; Gastric ulcer; Dyspepsia - ulcers Treatment Treatment involves a combination of medications to kill the H. pylori bacteria (if present), and reduce acid levels in the stomach. This strategy allows your ulcer to heal and reduces the chance it will come back. Take all of your medications exactly as prescribed. If you have a peptic ulcer with an H. pylori infection, the standard treatment uses different combinations of the following medications for 5 - 14 days: Two different antibiotics to kill H. pylori , such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), amoxicillin, tetracycline, or metronidazole (Flagyl) Proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), or esomeprazole (Nexium) Bismuth (the main ingredient in Pepto-Bismol) may be added to help kill the bacteria If you have an ulcer without an H. pylori infection, or one that is caused by taking aspirin or NSAIDs, your doctor will likely prescribe a ...
Causes In 1982, two Australian scientists identified H. pylori as the main cause of stomach ulcers. They showed that inflammation of the stomach and stomach ulcers result from an infection of the stomach caused by H. pylori bacteria. This discovery was so important that the researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2005. The bacteria appear to trigger ulcers in the following way: H. pylori's corkscrew shape enables them to penetrate the mucus layer of the stomach or duodenum so that they can attach themselves to the lining. The surfaces of the cells lining the stomach contain a protein, called decay-accelerating factor, which acts as a receptor for the bacteria. H. pylori survive in the highly acidic environment by producing urease, an enzyme that generates ammonia to neutralize the acid. H. pylori stimulate the increased release of gastrin. Higher gastrin levels promote increased acid secretion. The increased acid damages the intestinal lining, leading to ulcers in certain ...
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