omeprazole-sodium bicarbonate

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Common Brand Name(s): Zegerid
Phonetic Pronunciation: (oh-MEH-pruh-zole/SO-dee-um bye-KAR-buh-nate)
Information last revised August 2010

What does OMEPRAZOLE/SOD BICARB - ORAL look like?

Par03970omeprazole-sodium bicarbonate 20 mg-1.1 gram Cap
Sch72652Zegerid OTC 20 mg-1.1 gram Cap
Par04550omeprazole-sodium bicarbonate 40 mg-1.1 gram Cap
Sch72651Zegerid OTC 20 mg-1.1 gram Cap
Psc04120omeprazole-sodium bicarbonate 20 mg-1.1 gram Cap
Sch72650Zegerid OTC 20 mg-1.1 gram Cap
Psc04130omeprazole-sodium bicarbonate 40 mg-1.1 gram Cap
Sch72653Zegerid OTC 20 mg-1.1 gram Cap


This medication is a combination of omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate. It is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers). It is also used to prevent stomach bleeding in very ill patients. Omeprazole works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Sodium bicarbonate is an antacid that reduces stomach acid and helps omeprazole to work better. This medication relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. It helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. If you are self-treating with this medication, over-the-counter omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate products are used to treat frequent heartburn (occurring 2 or more days a week). Since it may take 1 to 4 days to have full effect, these products do not relieve heartburn right away. For over-the-counter products, carefully read the package instructions to make sure the product is right for you. Check the ingredients on the label even if you have used the product before. The manufacturer may have changed the ingredients. Also, products with similar brand names may contain different ingredients meant for different purposes. Taking the wrong product could harm you.
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