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
Acid reflux 951 417
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 941 388
Hiatal hernia 132 53
Heartburn 76 41
Support digestive health 57 22
Stomach pain 36 19

Show all 135 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 18
Moderate 30
Mild 75
None 709

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 66 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omeprazole

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 174
40 mg daily 144
20 mg twice daily 45
10 mg daily 33
40 mg twice daily 17
20mg as needed 13
80 mg daily 8
40mg as needed 3
20 mg weekly 2
40 mg m,w,f 2

See all 24 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Omeprazole

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 152
Doctor's advice 122
Course of treatment ended 85
Other 78
Side effects too severe 36
Expense 30
Personal research 28
Change in health plan coverage 22
See all 456 patients who've stopped taking Omeprazole

Duration

Currently taking Omeprazole

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 49
2 - 5 years 124
5 - 10 years 143
10 years or more 110

Stopped taking Omeprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 56
1 - 6 months 86
6 months - 1 year 73
1 - 2 years 69
2 - 5 years 106
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 30
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 682
Usually 94
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 34
A little hard to take 137
Not at all hard to take 657
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 49
< $25 445
Not specified 334

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Omeprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 32
Ranitidine Prescription (Zantac) 17
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 16
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) 34
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 29
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 13
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 10
Ranitidine Prescription (Zantac) 7

Show all 17 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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