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Zegerid (Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate)

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Generic Equivalent - Zegerid (Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate)

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20mg/1100mg
40mg/1100mg

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    Description

    Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate is a combination drug used:

    • For short-term treatment of active duodenal ulcers
    • For short-term treatment of active benign gastric ulcers
    • For the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • To maintain the healing of erosive esophagitis
    • To decrease the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding in patients who are critically ill

    Directions

    Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate is available in a capsule and as a powder for oral suspension. The strengths are 20 mg and 40 mg. Follow the instructions on the prescription label.

    Dosing for the short-term treatment of an active duodenal ulcer: 20 mg by mouth once daily for 4 weeks

    Dosing for the short-term treatment of an active benign gastric ulcer: 40 mg by mouth once daily for 4 to 8 weeks

    Dosing for GERD (no erosive esophagitis): 20 mg by mouth once daily for up to 4 weeks 

    Dosing for GERD (erosive esophagitis): 20 mg by mouth once daily for 4 to 8 weeks

    Dosing to maintain the healing of erosive esophagitis: 20 mg by mouth once daily

    Dosing to reduce the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding in patients who are critically ill (40 mg oral suspension only): 40 mg by mouth to start, then 40 mg by mouth 6 to 8 hours later and 40 mg by mouth once daily thereafter for 2 weeks

    Ingredients

    Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate are the active ingredients contained in each capsule and oral suspension.

    Contraindications

    Do not take omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

    Cautions

    • Before you start taking omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate, inform your doctor:
      • Of your allergies
      • Of all the medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements
      • Of your medical conditions
      • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
      • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
    • Although you may achieve symptomatic relief with omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate, it does not rule out the presence of gastric cancer.
    • Long-term treatment with omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate may cause atrophic gastritis.
    • Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate can cause kidney inflammation.
    • Long-term treatment with omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate can cause vitamin B-12 deficiency.
    • Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate can increase the risk of diarrhea associated with C. difficile.
    • Do not take omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate with clopidogrel, St. John's Wort, or rifampin.
    • Long-term treatment with omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate can increase the risk for hip, wrist, or spinal fractures.
    • Long-term treatment with omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate can cause low magnesium levels.
    • Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate can interfere with diagnostic investigations for Neuroendocrine Tumors.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects caused by omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate include headache, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and flatulence.

    Tell your doctor right away if you have side effects that bother you or won't go away.

    With a valid prescription, you can buy omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate online at a competitive price at Canada Pharmacy

    Reference:

    Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate Prescribing Information. Raleigh, NC: Santarus, Inc.; 2014.



    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 9355

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