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Losec is a brand name of omeprazole which falls under a category of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors and it is used to to treat acid-related indigestion, ulcers, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
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1. What is losec?

Losec is a brand name of omeprazole which falls under a category of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors and it is used to to treat  acid-related indigestion, ulcers, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

When taken orally, swallow whole, or disperse Losec MUPS® tablets in water, or mix capsule contents or Losec MUPS® tablets with fruit juice or yoghurt. Preparations consisting of an enteric coated tablet within a capsule should not be opened. The prescibed strength, how often it must be taken and duration of treatment can vary between patients so please always follow the instructions provided by the doctor and the pharmacy.

Omeprazole 10mg is available to buy from pharmacies for patients over 18 for a maximum duration of use of four weeks. If symptoms do not improve after this, inform your doctor, Otherwise, a prescription is required.

2. Safety parameters

  • Do not take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients which include sunset yellow (E110), allura red (E129) and sucrose amongst other ingredients.
  • Ages safe for use with a prescription: 1+ with a weight of 10kg+. Ages safe for use when buying at a pharmacy: 18+.
  • If you have low magnesium count, omeprazole use may be unsafe so please inform your doctor if this is applicable to you.

This list is not extensive so please always read the patient information leaflet before use, and inform the pharmacist and doctor if you are taking any medication or have any conditions.

3. Pregnancy and breastfeeding

This medication is safe for use in pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, please inform your doctor if you are planning to be pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

4. Interaction with other medication

Omeprazole may interact with other medication including atazanavir, nelfinavir, digoxin, clopidogrel and phenytoin. This is not an extensive list of interactions so please always tell the doctor and pharmacist every medication you are taking, which includes medication bought at any shop, over-the-counter medication, prescription-only medication, inhalers and patches. Also, please always inform the doctor or pharmacist if you start any treatment, change any treatment or have stopped any treatment within the last few years.

5. Side effects

  • The most common side effects are headache, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and nausea/vomiting.
  • Serious side effects include lesions, stomach pain, pain when urinating, back pain and swollen ankles so if you experience any of the above, please report this immediately to a doctor.
  • Omeprazole may cause dizziness or visual disturbances so if you experience these symptoms, please avoid driving or operating machinery.

This is not an extensive list so please always immediately inform the pharmacist or doctor if you experience any side effects while taking this medication.

6. What happens if you miss a dose?

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, is your next dose is coming up, skip the missed dose. Never double up on doses.

7. Storage

There are no specific requirements for storage relating to this medication.

8. If other information is needed

Please contact the pharmacy or a doctor if you require any other information.

9. References

Bnf.nice.org.uk. (2019). OMEPRAZOLE | Drug | BNF content published by NICE. [online] Available at: https://bnf.nice.org.uk/drug/omeprazole.html#drugAction [Accessed 10 May 2019].

Medicines.org.uk. (2019). Omeprazole 20 mg gastro-resistant capsules, hard - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC). [online] Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4401/smpc [Accessed 10 May 2019].

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