Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules

Name: Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor. This medicine may raise blood sugar.
  • Use care if you have risks for soft, brittle bones (osteoporosis). Some of these risks include drinking alcohol, smoking, taking steroids, taking drugs to treat seizures, or having family members with osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about your risks of osteoporosis.
  • Call your doctor if you have throat pain, chest pain, very bad belly pain, trouble swallowing, or signs of a bleeding ulcer like black, tarry, or bloody stools, throwing up blood, or throw up that looks like coffee grounds. These may be signs of a worse health problem.
  • This medicine may raise the chance of hip, spine, and wrist fractures in people with weak bones (osteoporosis). The chance may be higher if you take this medicine (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate capsules) in high doses or for longer than a year, or if you are older than 50 years old. Talk with your doctor.
  • Low magnesium levels have rarely happened in people taking drugs like this one for at least 3 months. Most of the time, this has happened after 1 year of care. You will need to have your blood work checked if you will be taking this medicine for a long time or if you take certain other drugs like digoxin or water pills. Talk with your doctor.
  • Lupus has happened with this medicine (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate capsules), as well as lupus that has gotten worse in people who already have it. Tell your doctor if you have lupus. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of lupus like a rash on the cheeks or other body parts, sunburn easy, muscle or joint pain, chest pain or shortness of breath, or swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Very bad pancreas, liver, and white blood cell problems have happened in people who were taking this medicine. Rarely, these have been fatal. Talk with the doctor if you have questions.
  • This medicine may raise the chance of a very bad form of diarrhea called Clostridium difficile (C diff)-associated diarrhea. Call your doctor right away if you have stomach pain or cramps, very loose or watery stools, or bloody stools. Do not try to treat loose stools without first checking with your doctor.
  • A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
  • If you are of Asian descent, use this medicine (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate capsules) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules) best taken?

Use this medicine (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate capsules) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take 1 hour before a meal.
  • Ask your doctor before you take antacids with this medicine.
  • Take calcium and vitamin D as you were told by your doctor.
  • If you are on a low-salt diet (this medicine (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate capsules) has salt), talk with your doctor.
  • Long-term treatment (for instance longer than 3 years) with drugs like this one has rarely caused low vitamin B-12 levels. Talk with the doctor.
  • Take with water only; do not take with other drinks.
  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
  • Do not open the capsules.
  • If you need Zegerid OTCâ„¢ for more than 14 days in a row or if you need to take it again before 4 months, talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this medicine.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep taking this medicine (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate capsules) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some other side effects of Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Gas.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Belly pain.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
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