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In this Article
- What is omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
- What are the possible side effects of omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
- How should I take omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zegerid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zegerid)?
- What should I avoid while taking omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
- What other drugs will affect omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to omeprazole or sodium bicarbonate.
This medicine contains sodium bicarbonate, a form of salt. Each capsule contains the equivalent of 300 mg of sodium. Each packet of powder contains the equivalent of 460 mg of sodium. If you are on a low-salt or low-sodium diet, you may not be able to use omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate. Talk with your doctor.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney or liver disease;
- heart disease;
- metabolic or respiratory alkalosis (usually after prolonged illness); or
- low levels of calcium, magnesium, or potassium levels in your blood.
Some people taking omeprazole may have an increased risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine. This effect has occurred mostly in people taking omeprazole long term or at high doses, and in people who are age 50 and older. Omeprazole may not be the actual cause of increased fracture risk. Before you take this medication, tell your doctor if you have a bone disorder.
Some conditions are treated with a combination of antibiotics with omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
How should I take omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before eating a meal. If this medicine is given to a person who is fed through a nasogastric (NG) tube, the feeding should be stopped at least 3 hours before giving the medicine. Do not restart nasogastric feeding for at least 1 hour after giving omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate.
Take the omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate capsule with a full glass of water. Do not use any other type of liquid or food.
Do not open the capsule or empty the medicine powder from it. Swallow the capsule whole.
To use the powder form, open a packet and pour all of the powder into a small cup with 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. Do not use any other type of liquid. Stir the mixture and drink it right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.
The 20-mg and the 40-mg forms of this medicine contain the same strength of sodium bicarbonate. Do not use two 20-mg capsules to equal one 40-mg capsule. Do not use two 20-mg powder packets to equal one 40-mg powder packet. If you do not use the exact capsule or powder packet your doctor has prescribed, you may receive too much sodium bicarbonate.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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