eq-omeprazole
(Omeprazole)

This medicine is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat frequent heartburn that occurs 2 or more days in a week. It works by blocking acid production in the stomach. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat frequent heartburn that occurs 2 or more days in a week. It works by blocking acid production in the stomach. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it, to any ingredient in this product, or to any other proton pump inhibitor (PPI) (eg, esomeprazole). This medicine is not intended to give immediate heartburn relief. It may take up to 4 days for this medicine to work. STOP TAKING THIS MEDICINE AND CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR if you need to take this medicine for longer than 14 days or if you need to take this medicine more often than 14 days every 4 months (unless you have been directed to do so by your doctor.) You may have a condition more serious than heartburn and other treatment may be needed. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY AFFECT CERTAIN LAB TEST RESULTS. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this medicine. This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF A BLEEDING ULCER, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing. THIS MEDICINE MAY INCREASE the risk of hip, wrist, and spine fractures in patients with weak bones (osteoporosis). The risk may be greater if you use this medicine in high doses, for longer than a year, or if you are older than 50 years old. Contact your doctor if you have any questions about this information. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR to see whether you should take a calcium and vitamin D supplement while you use this medicine. LOW BLOOD MAGNESIUM LEVELS HAVE BEEN REPORTED RARELY in patients taking PPIs for at least 3 months. In most cases, this effect was seen after a year of treatment. If you will be taking this medicine for a long time or if you take certain other medicines (eg, digoxin, diuretics such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide), your doctor may perform lab tests to check for low blood magnesium levels. Seek medical attention right away if you experience symptoms of low blood magnesium levels (eg, dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; involuntary muscle movements; jitteriness or tremors; muscle aches, cramps, pain, spasms, or weakness; seizures). BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN ASIAN PATIENTS because the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine, especially hip, wrist, and spine fractures. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
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