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Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate

Drug Interactions

Omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate).
 

What If I Take an Overdose of Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate?

An overdose with this medication may cause a variety of bothersome (but not usually dangerous) symptoms. Nonetheless, it is important to seek immediate medical attention if you have overdosed on any medication.
 
(Click Zegerid Overdose for more information.)
 

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate as scheduled, it is probably best to simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule (as you must take this medication on an empty stomach at least one hour before a meal).
 

How Does This Medication Work?

Omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate belongs to a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The stomach contains tiny pumps (called proton pumps) that produce acid. Omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate works by binding to the proton pumps, stopping them from producing acid. PPIs are very effective at decreasing acid production, as they work directly at the acid pumps.
 
PPI medications can be destroyed by stomach acid before they have a chance to be absorbed by the body. Other PPIs get around this problem by coating the medication with special delayed-release enteric coatings (which protect the medication until it reaches the small intestine).
 
Omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate is different; instead of having a delayed-release coating, the product contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) that acts as a buffer. This allows the medication to dissolve immediately without being destroyed by stomach acid.
 
It is important to note that the medication does not provide immediate benefit, as all PPIs (including omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate) can take a few days to start working.
 

Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate Drug Information

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