Omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate is prescribed to treat various conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. As a proton pump inhibitor, this medicine works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Common side effects include diarrhea and headaches. Prior to using this drug, tell your healthcare provider if you have had heartburn for more than three months, unexplained weight loss, or any allergies.
What Is Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate?
Omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid®) is a prescription medication used to treat several conditions related to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. It belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
A nonprescription version (Zegerid OCT™) is also available for treating heartburn.
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