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Five Things You May Not Know About Omeprazole

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:25:27 +0000

Omeprazole (Prilosec) is a low-priced generic drug that can be bought both with our without a prescription. It is one of the most prevalent meds for adult people that is applied to cure reflux disease, ulcers, and stomach protection from NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It isatype of medications that are used to cure GERD, ulcers and heartburn.

But even if Omeprazole has been taken for some time, you may not know some things that are very important:

  1. Can Omeprazole protect you from sickness? Some of the researches showed that patience who used omeprazole have various of bacterias, while patients who were not treated by this drug doesn’t have them. Particularly people who used omeprazole is having a high level of such bacterias as enterococcus, streptococcus, staphylococcus and some species of escherichia coli, and it is not good for sure. The importance of this is not explored enough yet, but what is known for sure is that gut bacteria has a significant meaning in our defense against pathogens, so ruining the gut flora can be a big disadvantage of this drug. The destruction of gut flora is giving a chance for “bad” bacteria to get over “good” bacteria and that causes a high risk for patience that are using omeprazole to have clostridium difficile infections. We can notice that different pump inhibitorsincluding omeprazole is having very noticeable actionson gut bacteria than antibiotics.
  2. Has it really such powerful influence on stomach illnesses? Reviews indicate that omeprazole is more improved to use for more stomach issues than rabeprazole (Aciphex), but it is not functioning as good as esomeprazole (Nexium) for people who have GERD.
  3. Issue of Omeprazole for people who have a big risk of heart attack. They made a researchin August 2016 that has revealed the following: patients that are taking omeprazole and PPIs medication can be in a big riskof having cardiovascular issues. This affect hasn’t been studied completely, but what was noticed is that a long time use of PPIs increasescardiovascular risk for patients for 70%. People who used omeprazole for a longer time period had even higher percentage of cardiovascular isues.
  4. Concerning the issue of acupuncture. In 2016 Chinese studies approved that acupuncture function is much better than Omeprazole. The research workers in China decided to draw an analogy outcomes of GERD between people who used omeprazole and those who went through acupuncture treatments. This research lasted about 8 weeks. After this time period they marked that both groups improved their symptoms. But it was noticed that those patients who were treated with acupuncture were a lot better for improving the symptoms than the one who used omeprazole. So acupuncture is worth trying!
  5. Is it possible to use omeprazole just when the symptoms are growing and you feel that it is needed?

    What can I say for sure, is that it is not possible to use this drug just when it is needed. If for example to use this drug just once a day, it will only suppress the acid in your stomach for the next 5 days. So if you use this meds just when you feel that you need it, it will not give you enough acid suppression and symptom remedy. Nevertheless there are some meds that are much better to treat such issues: Tagamet, Ranitidine or Zantac.