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Zegerid Drug Information
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Zegerid is a combination of omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate. Zegerid 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. Zegerid 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 Zegerid, 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.
How to Use Zegerid
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking Zegerid and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take Zegerid by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before a meal. The powder form of Zegerid may also be given through a tube into the stomach (nasogastric or gastric tube). If you are self-treating, follow all directions on the product package. Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the Dosage of Zegerid is also based on weight. Do not increase your dose or take Zegerid more often than directed. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. If you are taking the capsule, swallow it whole with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters). Do not use other liquids. Do not open the capsule or sprinkle the contents into food. If you are using the powder packet, empty the contents into a small cup with 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 milliliters) of water. Do not use any other liquids or foods. Stir well and drink the entire mixture right away. To make sure you take the entire dose, add more water to the cup and drink all of it. If you are giving the powder through a nasogastric or gastric tube, ask your health care professional for detailed instructions on how to properly mix and give it. For patients receiving continuous tube feedings, the tube feeding should be stopped for 3 hours before and 1 hour after giving Zegerid. Do not substitute the capsules or the powder packets for each other, unless approved by your doctor, because they contain different amounts of sodium bicarbonate. Also, do not substitute one strength of the same dosage form for another strength (such as taking two 20-milligram capsules instead of one 40-milligram capsule). Doing so may give you too much sodium bicarbonate and increase your risk of side effects (such as swelling of the hands/feet). If you are also taking sucralfate, take Zegerid at least 30 minutes before sucralfate. Use Zegerid regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Continue to take Zegerid for the prescribed length of treatment even if you are feeling better. If you are self-treating with the over-the-counter product, do not take it for more than 14 days unless directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. If you are self-treating, tell your doctor if your heartburn persists after 14 days or if you need to use Zegerid more than once every 4 months. The risk of side effects goes up over time. Ask your doctor how long you should take Zegerid. If you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.
Before taking omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (such as esomeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole); or if you have any other allergies. Zegerid may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before taking Zegerid, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,conditions affected by the sodium in Zegerid (such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, swelling/edema), kidney problems (such as Bartter's syndrome, kidney failure), liver disease (such as cirrhosis), low blood calcium or potassium levels, metabolic imbalance (such as acid-base balance problems), lupus. Zegerid contains salt (sodium). Before taking Zegerid, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are on a low-salt diet. Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition.heartburn with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating), unexplained weight loss. In addition, before you self-treat with Zegerid,trouble/pain swallowing food, bloody vomit, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, bloody/black stools, heartburn for over 3 months, frequent chest pain, frequent wheezing (especially with heartburn), nausea/vomiting, stomach pain. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Proton pump inhibitors (such as omeprazole) may increase your risk for bone fractures, especially with longer use, higher doses, and in older adults. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about ways to prevent bone loss/fracture, such as by taking calcium (such as calcium citrate) and vitamin D supplements. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Zegerid, especially bone loss and fractures (see above), and Clostridium difficile infection (see Side Effects section). Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of omeprazole, especially fever, cough, and infections of the nose/throat/airways. During pregnancy, Zegerid should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Zegerid passes into breast milk. The effects on a nursing infant are unknown. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Zegerid, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
See also How to Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.cilostazol, clopidogrel, memantine, methotrexate (especially high-dose treatment), rifampin, St John's wort. Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly. Omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these products work. Some affected products include atazanavir, erlotinib, nelfinavir, pazopanib, rilpivirine, certain azole antifungals (itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole), among others. Omeprazole is very similar to esomeprazole. Do not use any medications containing esomeprazole while using omeprazole. Zegerid may interfere with certain laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Zegerid.
Zegerid Side Effects
What are Zegerid side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Zegerid may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Zegerid as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Zegerid
The side effects of Zegerid may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Zegerid. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Zegerid may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Zegerid, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Zegerid.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Zegerid, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Zegerid and the side effects associated with Zegerid are described in the following:
Common Zegerid Side Effects
- headache disorder
- acute abdominal pain
Less Frequent Zegerid Side Effects
- Upper Respiratory Infection
- upper respiratory infection
- pruritus of skin
- back pain
- general weakness
- chest pain
- abdominal distension
Rare or Very Rare Zegerid Side Effects
- esophageal candidiasis
- hypoglycemic disorder
- hepatic failure
- thrombocytopenic disorder
- neutropenic disorder
- optic neuritis
- cardiac arrhythmia
- interstitial nephritis
- erythema multiforme
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- atrophic gastritis
- bronchospastic pulmonary disease
- Clostridium difficile infection
- anterior ischemic optic neuropathy
- systemic lupus erythematosus
- subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus
- increased aspartate transaminase
- increased alanine transaminase
- cholestatic hepatitis
- peripheral edema
- blurred vision
- urinary tract infection
- skin rash
- discolored feces
- abdominal distension
- skin photosensitivity
- skin inflammation
- irritable bowel syndrome
- benign fundic gland polyposis of stomach
- dry skin
- vitamin B12 deficiency
- dry eye
- testicular pain
- ocular irritation
- sore throat
- sleep disorder
- weight gain
- muscle weakness
- leg pain
- body fluid retention
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not open the packets until ready to use. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Zegerid when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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