Frequently Asked Questions
Omeprazole 20mg tablets are a medication used to treat acid reflux. They are prescribed for several conditions, primarily heartburn and acid regurgitation. They are also used to treat:
- Stomach Ulcers
- Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease
- Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
- Infections caused by the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori
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Omeprazole 20mg tablets are a type of Proton Pump Inhibitor (or PPI) which reduces the amount of acid that your stomach produces. When taken correctly, PPIs are effective at reducing the symptoms of acid reflux.
Omeprazole 20mg tablets are a safe medication when taken correctly. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Omeprazole 20mg tablets you should not take them. Dosage can vary so it is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Omeprazole 20mg tablets.
Don’t take Omeprazole 20mg tablets if you are taking any of the following medication:
- Adderall (Amphetamine / Dextroamphetamine)
- Aspirin Low Strength (Aspirin)
- Cymbalta (Duloxetine)
- Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
- Plavix (Clopidogrel)
- Reyataz (Atazanavir)
- Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
If you are taking Omeprazole 20mg tablets, you should avoid alcohol. Alcohol can be irritable to the stomach lining and increases the amount of acid produced. Alcohol doesn’t make Omeprazole ineffective, but it can exacerbate certain medical conditions.
If you are taking any of the listed medications and want to reduce your symptoms of acid reflux, make sure to speak to your doctor for advice and sign up for our free Ask A Pharmacist service for answers to any health or prescription related concerns.
As with all medication, there can be side effects from taking Omeprazole 20mg tablets. These may include:
- Stomach pains
- Benign stomach polyps
If you are prescribed Omeprazole 20mg tablets, you should receive a Patient Information Leaflet outlining more possible side effects as well as further warning and precautions.
Yes, there are alternative medications used to treat acid reflux. These include Lansoprazole, another Proton Pump Inhibitor medication and Losec MUPS, which works the same as Omeprazole except it targets acid reflux by working at the site of absorption in the small intestine.