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 1089 460
Acid reflux 1080 491
Hiatal hernia 156 63
Heartburn 101 52
Support digestive health 64 25

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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 21
Moderate 33
Mild 93
None 859

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Omeprazole

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omeprazole

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 155
40 mg daily 111
20 mg twice daily 41
40 mg twice daily 28
10 mg daily 14
80 mg daily 5
20mg as needed 5
10 mg twice daily 2
10 mg weekly 1
20 mg weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Omeprazole

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 190
Doctor's advice 155
Course of treatment ended 106
Other 105
Side effects too severe 46
Personal research 37
Expense 35
Change in health plan coverage 23
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Duration

Currently taking Omeprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 118
10 years or more 100

Stopped taking Omeprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 80
1 - 6 months 96
6 months - 1 year 85
1 - 2 years 85
2 - 5 years 144
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 807
Usually 124
Sometimes 42
Never taken as prescribed 33
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 45
A little hard to take 172
Not at all hard to take 786
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 67
< $25 514
Not specified 418

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Omeprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 39
Ranitidine (Ranitidine OTC) 26
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 20
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 11
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 6

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Omeprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 50
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 39
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 19
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 15
Ranitidine (Ranitidine OTC) 15

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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89 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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