Omeprazole and Alcohol Interaction

Omeprazole and Alcohol

Omeprazole is the generic name for this drug sold under brand names Prilosec, Prilosec OTC and Zegerid and belongs to the family of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors which are used to decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

It is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. It is also used to promote healing of damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid. Ameprazole may be used with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcer caused by infection with helicobacter pylori.

It is suggested no alcohol consumption not even moderate drinking only as the effectiveness of the drug could be comprised and the side effects of the drug may be greatly increased.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using Omeprazole advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, using any other drug, trouble or pain with swallowing, bloody black stools, granular vomit, heartburn for more than 3 months, frequent chest pain, heartburn with wheezing, unexplained weight loss, nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are fever, cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, stomach pain, gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or headache. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, low magnesium symptoms such as dizzy, confused, fast uneven heartbeat, jerky muscle movements, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, feeling limp, coughing or choking sensation or seizures.If these occur get emergency medical help.

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