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Omeprazole helps prevent the stomach from producing too much acid.

Take ONE capsule daily, preferably same time each morning.

Common side effects includes Headache and Sickly feeling.


Omeprazole for Acid Reflux

What is Omeprazole?

Omeprazole is a drug that contains the active substance omeprazole. It belongs to a group of medicines, called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs work by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces. You can purchase omeprazole online, at instant eCare without an existing prescription.

Omeprazole is available in the following strengths, Omeprazole 10mg, omeprazole 20mg and omeprazole 40mg.

Omeprazole is also known as Prilosec or Losec. These are branded versions of omeprazole capsules, and contain the same active ingredient. Branded versions such as Prilosec and Losec are more expensive to buy than generic omeprazole. There is no difference in how branded or generic products work.


What is Omeprazole 20mg used for?

Omeprazole is used to treat gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD). It is also used to treat other symptoms caused by excess stomach acid. Omeprazole relieves symptoms such as heartburn and acid reflux. Acid reflux can cause you difficulty in swallowing and make you feel bloated and unsettled.


How to take Omeprazole?

Take ONE capsule daily, preferably same time each morning.

It is best to take omeprazole 30 minutes before food. Although you can take your capsules with food or on an empty stomach if you prefer.

Take as directed and do NOT exceed more than the directed omeprazole dosage.

When taking omeprazole do not take any other indigestion remedies unless directed by your doctor.


Special Instructions

Do not chew or crush the capsules. This is because the capsules contain coated pellets which stop the medicine from being broken down by the acid in your stomach.

Do not use medicine after the expiry date stated on the carton.

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.


Omeprazole 20mg side effects

Like all medicines, omeprazole can cause side effects. Although not everybody gets them and the effects are usually mild to moderate and of a short duration.

Common side effects of Omeprazole 20mg include:

  • Headache
  • Stomach aches or pains
  • Diarrhea, constipation, gas or flatulence
  • Feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting

Patient information leaflet

We strongly advise that you carefully read the Patient Information Leaflet before you take this treatment.

Click here for the Omeprazole Patient Information Leaflet.


What are Acid Reflux symptoms?

You probably have acid reflux if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • A burning feeling in your chest which may spread up towards your throat, often accompanied by a sour taste in your mouth
  • Pain in your chest or throat
  • You may find it difficult to swallow (dysphagia)
  • Coughing and a hoarse or sore throat
  • Regurgitating your food or a sour liquid (acid reflux)
  • Feeling like you have a lump in your throat
  • Sour taste in your mouth from the back of your throat and nausea

If you experience any of these symptoms, particularly a burning sensation in your chest or throat, you could be suffering from acid reflux. If you have already used omeprazole before you can purchase them here online without a pre-existing prescription.


What causes heartburn?

Heartburn is a symptom of (gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD or GORD). It happens when acid refluxes back into the back of your throat via the oesaphagus. The oesaphagus is the tube that connects the mouth and the stomach.

There are many things that can cause cause acid reflux. Certain foods can stimulate the production of stomach acid secretion which can cause heartburn.

Some key causes of heartburn include:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Consuming caffeine
  • Taking medications including aspirin, ibuprofen and Naproxen
  • Drinking carbonated drinks
  • Acidic fruit juices (e.g orange, pineapple and grapefruit)
  • Eating acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits (e.g oranges, grapefruit)
  • Eating chocolate
  • Smoking can affect the way the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) works, allowing stomach acid to reflux into the esophagus
  • Pregnancy and obesity can affect LES function and predispose it to acid reflux

Heartburn can also be a symptom of diseases of the esophagus. It is important to contact your GP if you are experiencing frequent heartburn.


How do I get rid of heartburn or excess stomach acid?

Heartburn is caused by excess stomach acid or acid reflux. Heartburn can be treated with over the counter medicines such as antacids.

Severe heartburn can be treated with Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) such as Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, esomeprazole or Pantaprozole.


What does Omeprazole do?

The stomach has proton pumps which secrete acid. Usually the body balaneces the amount of acid produced. However in some cases the stomach produces too much acid.

Omeprazole reduces the amount of acid made in the stomach by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach. Omeprazole treats symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD/GERD). It also provides relief from symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Omeprazole works by reducing the acidity in the stomach.

What is Omeprazole prescribed for?

Omeprazole is prescribed for excessive acid produced by the stomach. This can cause an array of symptoms as a result of the excess stomach acidity e.g heartburn, GORD, acid reflux.

Is Omeprazole an indigestion remedy?

Yes, omeprazole relieves indigestion by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.


How does Omeprazole work?

Omeprazole relieves the symptoms of acid reflux by decreasing the amount of acid that the stomach produces.

Omeprazole is a "proton pump inhibitor". This type of medication works by inhibiting the action of proton pumps, which reduces the production of stomach acid.


What is GERD?

GERD (or GORD) - stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. A digestive disorder affecting the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

This causes acid to spread upwards into the esophagus, producing an uncomfortable and painful burning sensation.

GERD can be relieved through changes to diet and lifestyle, however medication or surgery may be required in some cases.


Omeprazole tablets or capsules, what's the difference?

Omeprazole is available as tablets and capsules, however we only supply the Omeprazole capsules.

Omeprazole tablets and capsules have the same effectiveness. They both work in exactly the same way, but some individuals may prefer the omeprazole tablets to the capsules and vice versa.


Can Omeprazole cause constipation?

Omeprazole can cause constipation, but this is usually mild. You should drink plenty of water, and include fibre in your diet when taking omeprazole if you experience constipation.

Constipation should subside and not cause long term issues. If constipation persists it is worth seeking advice from your doctor.


Do Omeprazole side effects include weight loss?

Omeprazole does not directly cause weight loss as a side effect. However if you have diarrhoea or vomit whilst taking omeprazole it can contribute to weight loss. Weight loss is associated with the condition of acid reflux itself.

If you experience significant weight loss whilst taking omeprazole, you should seek advice from your doctor.

Can Omeprazole cause weight gain?

Omeprazole does not usually cause weight gain. Although there have been reports that it can cause swelling or bloating as a result of water retention. This is mild, brief and intermittent and should not be a long term problem. You do not need to seek advice if you feel a little bloated after taking omeprazole capsules.

Can Omeprazole cause hair loss?

Hair loss is a rare side side effect that can occur whilst taking Omeprazole. About 0.89% of people taking omeprazole may experience hair loss shown by the latest report from 79,259 omeprazole users.


Can I buy Omeprazole online?

You can buy omeprazole 20mg here, online without a prescription. You must complete our free medical questionnaire and if you are eligible for treatment, we will provide you with a free prescription.

You can buy omeprazole 20mg here at Instant eCare, online without a prescription. You must first complete our free medical questionnaire, our prescriber will issue you a free prescription if you are eligible for treatment. You can also buy lower strengths of omeprazole over the counter at Boots or at any high-street retail pharmacy, they should allow you to purchase omeprazole 10mg tablets or capsules.


What is the price of Omeprazole?

You can buy omeprazole online for as little as £11.69 with free delivery available from Instant eCare online.

The cost of omeprazole will vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Here at instant eCare we provide the lowest price for omeprazole you can buy online.


Does the brand of Omeprazole affect how it works?

The brand of omeprazole does not affect how the medication works. All brands of omeprazole will contain the same active ingredient - Omeprazole.

Some people may prefer a particular brand, because they are familiar with the brand.

The following is a list of manufacturers or brands of omeprazole:

  • Sandoz Omeprazole
  • Dr Reddys Omeprazole
  • Actavis Omeprazole
  • Bristol Omeprazole
  • Teva Omeprazole

If you would like a specific brand of omeprazole please email us to check if we have the brand you want in stock before ordering.


Can I buy Omeprazole without a prescription?

You cannot buy omeprazole 20mg capsules without a prescription. You can order them online and we will issue you a free prescription if you complete our online assessment and are eligible for treatment.


Omeprazole and Alcohol

You can drink alcohol whilst taking omeprazole, although drinking alcohol may increase your symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn. It is best not to drink or drink in moderation when taking omeprazole capsules.


Can I take Omeprazole while pregnant?

Omeprazole is not known to be harmful when taken during pregnancy. It can be used throughout pregnancy, however we advise you to get medical advice from your doctor first.

Omeprazole passes into breast milk. A normal dose is unlikely to cause harmful effects to a nursing infant. We still advise you check with your doctor first before taking Omeprazole while breastfeeding.


Can you overdose on Omeprazole?

You can overdose on omeprazole and this may cause serious harm to you. You may experience increased heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating and irregular heart rate. You should seek urgent emergency medical attention if you overdose on omeprazole.