Omeprazole reduces the amount of acid your stomach makes. It’s a widely used treatment for indigestion and heartburn and acid reflux. It’s also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers. Sometimes omeprazole is taken for a rare illness caused by a tumour in the pancreas or gut called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Who can and can’t take omeprazole
Omeprazole can be taken by:
- Adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- Children and babies if it’s been prescribed by a doctor.
To make sure omeprazole is safe for you, tell your doctor if you:
- Have had an allergic reaction to omeprazole or any other medicines in the past
- Have liver problems
- Are due to have an endoscopy
Ask your doctor if you should stop taking Omeprazole a few weeks before your endoscopy. This is because Omeprazole may hide some of the problems that would usually be spotted during an endoscopy.
What are the side effects of this drug?
Side effects of this medication may include:
- feeling sick
- being sick (vomiting) or diarrhoea
- stomach pain
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if the side effects bother you or don’t go away.