Omeprazole

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Medications

December 8, 2008

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Omeprazole is used to treat certain conditions in which there is too much acid in the stomach. This medication may be prescribed for treating gastroduodenal ulcers and to prevent gastric erosions caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

How do I give this medication?

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"Try to give this medication at about the same time each day, preferably in the morning, before meals, unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian."
  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day, preferably in the morning, before meals, unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

  • Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule.
  • Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

What are the potential side effects?

  • The following side effects may occur: loss of appetite, colic, nausea, vomiting, gas, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and central nervous system disturbances. If side effects continue and appear troublesome, contact your veterinarian.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian if you are giving your pet any other medication or supplements.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may be anticipated. If this occurs, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drugs can potentially interact with omeprazole: diazepam, phenytoin, warfarin, ketoconazole, ampicillin esters or iron salts.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
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