What is Omeprazole?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Omeprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is used to treat duodenal and gastric ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a hypersecretory condition. OTC preparations are used for frequent, uncomplicated heartburn.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 1052 441
Acid reflux 1042 458
Hiatal hernia 153 62
Heartburn 80 37
Support digestive health 56 22

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 22
Moderate 31
Mild 86
None 781

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Omeprazole

Side effect Patients Percentage
Acid reflux 6
Dry mouth 5
Stomach pain 4
Abdominal bloating 3
Burping 3
Constipation 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omeprazole

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 180
40 mg daily 122
20 mg twice daily 35
40 mg twice daily 24
10 mg daily 23
80 mg daily 7
20mg as needed 5
10 mg twice daily 2
20 mg weekly 1
10 mg every other day 1

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Omeprazole

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 174
Doctor's advice 144
Course of treatment ended 93
Other 93
Side effects too severe 43
Personal research 34
Expense 29
Change in health plan coverage 23
See all 519 patients who've stopped taking Omeprazole

Duration

Currently taking Omeprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 105
5 - 10 years 131
10 years or more 115

Stopped taking Omeprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 70
1 - 6 months 88
6 months - 1 year 73
1 - 2 years 77
2 - 5 years 126
5 - 10 years 49
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 738
Usually 115
Sometimes 39
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 153
Not at all hard to take 722
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 53
< $25 485
Not specified 377

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Omeprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 40
Ranitidine Prescription (Zantac) 24
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 19
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 10
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 6

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Omeprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 48
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 39
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 18
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 15
Ranitidine Prescription (Zantac) 14

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Omeprazole

Jan 9, 2019 (Started Jul 04, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 5, 2016 (Started Jul 04, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 6, 2019 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hiatal hernia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hiatal hernia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 13, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    Mild (acid reflux)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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