Omeprazole

General Description: Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (or strong antacid) to help treat stomach ulcers and prevent future ulcers. Reduce the amount of stomach acid produced to better manage your pet’s ulcers. Omeprazole works not only when the stomach is full and digesting, but all of the time. Pre-calibrated syringes are available in boxes of 7 or 72 units.

What is this drug?

A proton pump inhibitor; suppresses acid production in the stomach
Given by mouth
Reasons for prescribing:

Used to treat and prevent gastroduodenal ulcers
Used in conditions in which there is too much acid in the stomach
What dogs/cats should not take this medication?

Use with caution in pets with liver or kidney disease
Animals less than 4 weeks of age
Safety during pregnancy and nursing is unknown
If your pet has had an allergic reaction to omeprazole or like products
Directions:

Read and follow the label carefully.

Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. It is usually givenonce a day.

Ideally, give the medication at the same time(s) daily.

If using capsules, do not open the capsules or crush the pellets inside. The pellets can be mixed with fruit juices, but not water or milk.

Long term usage (greater than 4 weeks) is not recommended.

Give this medication for as long as veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.

What if a dose is missed?

If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.

What to tell/ask veterinarian before giving medication?

Talk to your veterinarian about:

When will your pet need to be rechecked
What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:

If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medicines can be given together.
If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
Storage and Warnings:

Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.

Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.

Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.

Potential side effects:

Loss of appetite, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, gas and diarrhea
If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
Can this drug be given with other drugs?

Yes, but possible interactions may occur with ampicillin, diazepam, iron salts, ketoconazole, phenytoin and warfarin.
If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian.
Overdosing?

Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet receives more than the prescribed amount.

What else should I know?

Notify your veterinarian if your animal’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.

As with all prescribed medicines, omeprazole should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.

This is just a summary of information about omeprazole. If you have any questions or concerns about omeprazole or the condition it was prescribed for, contact your veterinarian.

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