Omeprazole 20 mg
Omeprazole (Prilosec®) is a prescription medicine licensed to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, H. pylori infections, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and pathological hypersecretory conditions. The prescription version of this medication comes in the following strengths:
- Omeprazole 10 mg capsules
- Omeprazole 20 mg capsules
- Omeprazole 40 mg capsules
- Omeprazole 2.5 mg packets for oral suspension
- Omeprazole 10 mg packets for oral suspension.
The drug also comes in a nonprescription form. Over-the-counter (OTC) omeprazole is approved for the treatment of frequent heartburn. It comes in tablet or capsule form and is only available in a 20-mg strength.
For the treatment of duodenal ulcers and GERD (accompanied by erosive esophagitis), the recommended dosage is omeprazole 20 mg once daily for four to eight weeks. People with gastric ulcers typically take 40 mg for four to weight weeks.
The recommended omeprazole OTC dosage for frequent heartburn is 20 mg once daily for up to 14 days every four months. It is not recommended to take nonprescription omeprazole long-term without talking with your healthcare provider first.
(Click Omeprazole Dosing to learn more about how dosing works for this medication.)