Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach. The drug is often prescribed for acid reflux and is available in 10mg, 20mg and 40mg capsules to be taken once per day.
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.
Omeprazole works by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces reducing acid reflux.
Omeprazole belongs to a group of medicines called ‘proton pump inhibitors’. They work by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces. Omeprazole is used to treat the following conditions: In adults:
- ‘Gastro-esophageal reflux disease’ (GERD). This is where acid from the stomach escapes into the gullet (the tube which connects your throat to your stomach) causing pain, inflammation and heartburn.
- Ulcers in the upper part of the intestines (duodenal ulcer) or stomach (gastric ulcer). To stop ulcers in the upper part of the intestines (duodenal ulcer) or stomach (gastric ulcer) from coming back.
- Ulcers which are also infected with a bacteria called ‘Helicobacter pylori’. If you have this condition, your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and allow the ulcer to heal.
- Ulcers caused by medicines called NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Omeprazole can also be used to stop ulcers from forming if you are taking NSAIDs. Too much acid in the stomach caused by a growth in the pancreas (Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
Omeprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers).
The human gut contains billions of bacteria, most of which are beneficial to our digestive and immune systems. They help us to digest our food, absorb nutrients, metabolise drugs, prevent inflammation, and provide a barrier to disease-causing pathogens into the body.
These ‘good’ bacteria balance out the more toxic and damaging bacteria which are also present in the gut. Sometimes this balance may be lost (such as after a course of antibiotics), causing a range of symptoms.
Over a longer period, knowing your gut type, taking probiotics and making dietary changes are steps you can take to maintain a healthy gut bacteria balance.