Omeprazole Liquid

Omeprazole Liquid

Omeprazole Liquid is intended for the administration in the young population including:

  • Children
  • Toddlers
  • Babies
  • Patients with swallowing difficulties

This medicine is in the group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs stop the production of stomach acid. Generally, PPIs are the most effective in controlling the symptoms of GERD and dyspepsia.

Omeprazole Liquid Indicated Use

Omeprazole is used for the treatment of:

  • Ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Acid-related dyspepsia
  • Eradication of Helicobacter pylori in combination with antibiotics
  • Cystic fibrosis for fat malabsorption
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Omeprazole Liquid Strength of Formulations

Omeprazole Liquid is usually recommended in the following strengths:

  • Omeprazole 5 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension
  • Omeprazole 10 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension
  • Omeprazole 20 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension
  • Omeprazole 40 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension

Omeprazole Liquid Common Side Effects

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Fluctuance

Omeprazole Liquid as a Special Medication

Omeprazole Liquid is classified as a special product in the UK. Special products are unlicensed medications made on an individual basis. It is when there is no licensed medication that may be recommended to meet the needs for the treatment of the patient.

Most pharmacies do not stock Omeprazole Liquid as part of their regular stock as other medications. They order every product once a prescription is brought to the pharmacy. Every Omeprazole is prepared on a separate basis. It may take a few days to process the prescription for Omeprazole liquid, even though it is not unusual to see the next-day delivery. The processing time of special items such as Omeprazole Liquid will vary between pharmacies. Patients can demand a particular flavor of Omeprazole Liquid.

Other factors that need consideration once Omeprazole Liquid is collected from the pharmacy:

  • Storage: Several Omeprazole preparations might require being stored in the fridge. Still, check with the pharmacy team on the collection and read the information label on the bottle.
  • Expiry date: Special products might have shorter expiry dates. Always check the label for the expiry date.

On the other hand, since the launch of licensed versions of Omeprazole Liquid, several patients may no longer get the ‘special’ Omeprazole. This might not be a problem for most patients. Still, it is possible for instance that a child does not accept a new formulation. As a licensed formulation of Omeprazole Liquid exists, doctors are needed to prescribe this form of medication in the first case. It is particularly before unlicensed formulation is recommended.

Companies that make ‘special’ Omeprazole require pharmacies to have a letter from a doctor that explains the reason for the necessity for unlicensed preparation rather than licensed preparation. The need cannot be simply a clinical need, such as patients need medicine as they suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Omeprazole Liquid Alternative

Lansoprazole is another PPI that is used for the same conditions as Omeprazole. Lansoprazole most commonly is prescribed as gastro-resistant capsules. On the other hand, an orodispersible form of Lansoprazole medicine also exists:

  • Zoton FasTab 15 mg and 30 mg (a branded version of orodispersible tablets)
  • Lansoprazole 15 mg and 30 mg orodispersible tablets

Orodispersible tablets disperse rapidly once placed on the tongue. The above orodispersible tablets can be placed in water and managed with an oral syringe. It is important to follow the directions on dosage and preparation.

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