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 968 396
Acid reflux 967 425
Hiatal hernia 138 54
Heartburn 76 43
Support digestive health 57 22
Stomach pain 37 21

Show all 122 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 19
Moderate 31
Mild 76
None 728

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Omeprazole

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 5
Acid reflux 4
Stomach pain 4
Abdominal bloating 3
Burping 3
Flatulence 3

Show all 68 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omeprazole

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 185
40 mg daily 132
20 mg twice daily 38
10 mg daily 31
40 mg twice daily 15
20mg as needed 10
80 mg daily 7
40mg as needed 3
20 mg weekly 2
40 mg m,w,f 2

See all 26 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Omeprazole

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 158
Doctor's advice 126
Course of treatment ended 84
Other 80
Side effects too severe 39
Expense 29
Personal research 29
Change in health plan coverage 23
See all 467 patients who've stopped taking Omeprazole

Duration

Currently taking Omeprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 118
5 - 10 years 139
10 years or more 106

Stopped taking Omeprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 58
1 - 6 months 87
6 months - 1 year 74
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 108
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 692
Usually 102
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 35
A little hard to take 142
Not at all hard to take 673
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 50
< $25 459
Not specified 341

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Omeprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 33
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 17
Ranitidine Prescription (Zantac) 17
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 7
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 5

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Omeprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 36
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 30
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 15
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 12
Ranitidine Prescription (Zantac) 7

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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79 patient evaluations for Omeprazole

Jul 14, 2017 (Started Mar 20, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heartburn)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 13, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2017 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: No Changes
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: No changes.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 2, 2016 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

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

May 9, 2016 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

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

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

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

Mar 1, 2016 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

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

Oct 21, 2015 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

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

Mar 20, 2015 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

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

Feb 4, 2015 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acid reflux)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It has been the same for me as it has been before.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 28, 2014 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

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

Sep 10, 2014 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

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

Jun 2, 2014 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for acid reflux)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take 1 20mg tablet a day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 8, 2014 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acid reflux)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 17, 2011 (Started Sep 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It has been very easy to take, a pill taken once daily. It has had no impact on my lifestyle whatsoever.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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