Omeprazole is a generic medication used to treat stomach disorders such as erosive esophagitis, gastric or duodenal ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux diseases, also known as GERD. GERD is a digestive disorder caused by acid reflux that enters the esophagus.
The medication is a Proton Pump Inhibitor or PPI and works by effectively reducing the acidity of the stomach.
Losec is one of the brand names the generic medication omeprazole is sold under. It is categorised as a proton pump inhibitor or PPI. The primary function of this medication is to lower the acidity level of the stomach. Losec is a leading brand of omeprazole and is important in the treatment and prevention of stomach ulcers. These can occur as a result of infection with H. pylori or due to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is also used to treat conditions caused by over production of stomach acid. Conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (also known as GORD or simply acid reflux) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome are effectively treated by this medication
Losec typically comes in a 20g tablet containing 20mg of omeprazole although other it does come in other forms.
It is important that patients read and understand the directions and dosage instruction that come with the medication. They should also follow the doctor’s instructions and complete the course.
How to use Losec:
The normal dose is one 20mg tablet per day, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. It can be taken on an empty stomach. The tablet should be swallowed whole.
Losec prescribed to heal ulcers in the duodenum should be effective in one day. Take the course for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4, according to the doctor’s prescription. Stomach ulcers will take longer to heal, from 4 to 8 weeks. If the ulcer is caused by the H pylori bacteria, the medication must be combined with clarithromycin 500mg and amoxicillin 1000mg. In the case of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome the dosage is 4 x 20mg per day.