Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium)
What is Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium) used for?
Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium) is an oral proton pump inhibitor prescribed to treat conditions caused by excess stomach acid production such as heartburn, the formation of peptic ulcers, or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It operates by reducing stomach acid production to prevent it from backing into the oesophagus or damaging the stomach lining. It may also be used along with antibiotics to treat bacterial infections caused by helicobacter pylori. Your doctor may prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium)?
Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium) should always be used according to your doctor`s instructions and those included with the packaging to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one capsule administered once each day, but your particular directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken with or without food. Never open the capsules or dissolve their contents as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium)?
Some patients using Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium) may experience side effects such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any intense or worrying symptoms including severe diarrhoea that is bloody or watery, low magnesium levels, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, severe rashes, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium) should not be administered to patients who are lactose intolerant, under the age of eighteen, who are allergic to omeprazole, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your doctor if you have reduced liver function as this condition may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Losec (Omeprazole Magnesium) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.