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   Zegerid

Zegerid
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This medication is used to treat acid-related stomach and throat problems (e.g., acid reflux or GERD, ulcers, erosive esophagitis, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome). It is also used to decrease the risk of stomach bleeding in very ill patients and may be used in combination with antibiotics to treat certain types of ulcers caused by bacterial infection.This medication is a combination of omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate. Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that blocks acid production in the stomach. Sodium bicarbonate is an antacid added to decrease acid levels in the stomach and improve the effectiveness of omeprazole. Decreasing excess stomach acid can help relieve symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, persistent cough, and trouble sleeping. It can also prevent serious acid damage to your digestive system (e.g., ulcers, cancer of the esophagus).

 
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Zegerid

Uses
This medication is used to treat acid-related stomach and throat problems (e.g., acid reflux or GERD, ulcers, erosive esophagitis, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome). It is also used to decrease the risk of stomach bleeding in very ill patients and may be used in combination with antibiotics to treat certain types of ulcers caused by bacterial infection.This medication is a combination of omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate. Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that blocks acid production in the stomach. Sodium bicarbonate is an antacid added to decrease acid levels in the stomach and improve the effectiveness of omeprazole. Decreasing excess stomach acid can help relieve symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, persistent cough, and trouble sleeping. It can also prevent serious acid damage to your digestive system (e.g., ulcers, cancer of the esophagus).
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress or check for side effects.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: confusion, unusual sweating, blurred vision, unusually fast heartbeat.

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily on an empty stomach 1 hour before a meal or as directed by your doctor.If you are using the capsule, take it with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
  • Do not use other liquids.
  • Do not open the capsule or sprinkle the contents into food.If you are using the packet, empty the entire contents into a small cup with 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 milliliters) of water.
  • Do not use any other liquids or foods.
  • Stir well and drink the entire mixture immediately.
  • Do not save it for later use.
  • To make sure you take all the medication, add more water to the cup and drink all of it.If this medication is to be given through an oral or nasal tube, empty the entire contents of a packet into a small container with about 20 milliliters of water.
  • Do not use any other liquids or foods.
  • Stir the mixture well and give immediately into the tube using the proper syringe.
  • Wash the mixture through the tube with more water (about 20 milliliters).
  • For patients receiving continuous tube feedings, the tube feeding should be stopped for 3 hours before and 1 hour after giving this medication.If needed, other antacids may be taken along with this medication.The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
  • Different strengths of this medication contain the same amount of sodium bicarbonate in each dose.
  • Do not take double of any strength (e.g., two 20 milligram packets) without your doctor's approval since this may give you too much sodium bicarbonate, increasing the risk of side effects (e.g., swelling of hands/feet).Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
  • Continue to take this medication for the prescribed length of treatment, even if you are feeling better.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, or constipation may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: swelling of hands/feet, unexplained sudden weight gain.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (e.g., lansoprazole, pantoprazole); or if you have any other allergies.Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: acid-base balance problems (e.g., respiratory alkalosis, Bartter's syndrome), low calcium (hypocalcemia), certain heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure), high blood pressure, liver disease, low potassium (hypokalemia), other stomach problems (e.g., tumors).This medication contains salt (sodium).
  • Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are on a low-salt diet.Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you have: heartburn combined with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/left arm pain (especially with trouble breathing), unexplained weight loss.This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk.
  • Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with the following medication because very serious interactions may occur: atazanavir (HIV drug).If you are currently using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially: certain drugs to suppress the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine, tacrolimus), cilostazol, diazepam, disulfiram, phenytoin, voriconazole, warfarin.This medication can decrease the effectiveness of certain drugs which require stomach acid in order to be absorbed.
  • Before using this medication, consult your doctor or pharmacist on how to manage this possible interaction if you are taking: ampicillin, certain azole antifungals (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole), iron supplements.Based on information for similar drugs, this medication may increase the amount of digoxin that is absorbed into your blood.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details if you also take digoxin.

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User Medicine Opinions for Zegerid
Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 53
Location: Illinois
Time Taken: 1 years

Reason: Acid reflux Date: 20 November 2008
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Additional Thoughts
Extremely helpful. Allows me to get a good nite's rest without acid reflux and heartburn. Rather pricey.

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