Omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor, works by blocking the release of stomach acid. It’s on the List of Essential Medicines issued by the World Health Organization.
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First discovered in 1979, omeprazole was only marketed in 1989 in the United States by AstraZeneca as Losec. In 1990, the brand name was changed to Prilosec upon the request of the Food and Drug Administration. The Prilosec patent expired in the United States in April 2001 so the drug is now available in generic and branded forms.
Omeprazole is used in the treatment and/or prevention of a wide range of diseases including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Peptic ulcer
- Zollinger–Ellison syndrome
- Gastrointestinal bleeding among high-risk individuals
The drug works by decreasing the production of acid in the stomach. By doing so, it can help in the prevention of ulcers and cancer of the esophagus. It also relieves the symptoms associated with the abovementioned diseases, such as difficulty in swallowing, heartburn, and persistent cough. It helps in healing the damage caused by excess acid production in the stomach and esophagus, too.
The medication can be taken by mouth (oral) or injected into a vein (intravenous). Be sure to take it as directed by your doctor, typically before a meal but only once a day. Follow the directions about taking it with other drugs, such as antacids and sucralfate (i.e., take omeprazole first followed by sucralfate with a 30-minute interval in between).
Use omeprazole properly to get the most benefit, such as taking it at the same time each day and taking it for the prescribed treatment length. Consult with your doctor when your symptoms persist even with proper use.