Omeprazole (or omeprazole) is a common medication prescribed for treating acid-related gastrointestinal diseases, like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or peptic ulcers. Although it reduces stomach acid and eases symptoms, its side effects can be serious. Let’s read more about side effects of omeprazole.
Omeprazole can cause side effects, as with any other medication. Side effects include:
Omeprazole causes gastrointestinal issues in some patients, including diarrhea, constipation nausea and abdominal pain. Although these symptoms are often mild and only temporary, you should report them to your healthcare professional if they worsen or persist.
Headaches are possible for some individuals who use omeprazole. These headaches tend to be mild and are often managed by over-the counter pain relievers. Talk to your doctor about severe or chronic headaches.
Vitamin and mineral Deficiencies. Omeprazole, when used long-term, can cause deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals. These include vitamin B12 (vitamin B12), magnesium, calcium, and calcium. If you have these deficiencies, your doctor may suggest supplements or dietary modifications.
Omeprazole is associated with a slight increase in the likelihood of certain infections like pneumonia and gastrointestinal infection. Consult your healthcare provider immediately if any symptoms suggestive of infection occur during omeprazole treatment, including fever and diarrhea.
Bone Health. Prolonged use may cause a small risk increase of bone fractures. Speak to your doctor about bone health, especially if your omeprazole treatment is long term.
Not everyone experiences these side-effects, so many people are able to take omeprazole safely. You will be assessed by your physician if you have been prescribed omeprazole. Also, they will adjust the treatment according to need.
The medication omeprazole, although effective for treating acid-related conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, can also have some side effects. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice any abnormal or serious side effects. You can get advice from your doctor on how to deal with side effects or adjust the treatment plan, if needed.