Omeprazole offers significant therapeutic gains in the treatment of acid related diseases. Healing rates are high in duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer and erosive reflux oesophagitis; acid production is controlled effectively in Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome and symptom relief is prompt and sustained in all indications. Less clear-cut indications where benefit might be expected but where data are limited include:
- Prevention of stress ulceration
- Prevention of the acid aspiration syndrome
- Treatment of upper gastro-intestinal bleeding
NOTE: In comparative studies, Omeprazole has been found to produce faster symptom relief and higher healing rates in a greater percentage of patients than either Cimetidine or Ranitidine, confirming the ‘therapeutic gains’ achievable with Omeprazole over existing therapies.
Duodenal Ulcer: 20 mg once daily for 4 weeks. In severe cases, 40 mg once daily for 4 weeks.
Gastric Ulcer: 20 mg once daily for 8 weeks. In severe cases, 40 mg once daily for 8 weeks.
Erosive Reflux Oesophagitis: 20 mg once daily for 4 weeks. For those not fully healed, to be continued for 4 more weeks. Refractory Reflux Oesophagitis: 40 mg once daily for 8 weeks. Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome: 60 mg once daily, adjusted individually and continued as long as necessary.
Most patients will be effectively controlled with 20-120 mg daily. Dosage above 80 mg should be divided and given twice daily. Long-term maintenance treatment with Omeprazole is not recommended.
Impaired Renal or Hepatic Function: Adjustment is not required. Patients with severe liver disease should not require more than 20 mg Omeprazole daily
Prophylaxis of acid aspiration: Omeprazole 40 mg to be given slowly (over a period of 5 minutes) as an intravenous injection, one hour before surgery.
Duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer or reflux oesophagitis: In patients with duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer or reflux oesophagitis where oral medication is inappropriate, Omeprazole IV 40 mg once daily is recommended.
Zollinger- Ellison syndrome (ZES): In patients with Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome the recommended initial dose of Omeprazole given intravenously is 60 mg daily. Higher daily doses may be required and the dose should be adjusted individually. When doses exceed 60 mg daily, the dose should be divided & given twice daily.
Powder for suspension: Should be taken on an empty stomach. Take at least 1 hr before a meal.
Capsule or Tablet: Should be taken with food. Take immediately before a meal. Patients should be cautioned that the capsules should not be opened, chewed or crushed and should be swallowed whole.
Delayed release Capsule or Tablet: Should be taken on an empty stomach. Take at least 1 hr before meals. Swallow whole, do not chewithcrush. For patients with difficulty swallowing, cap may be carefully opened & entire contents sprinkled in a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow drug/food mixt witho chewing immediately after prep. Drug/food mixt should not be stored for future use.
IV Injection: Omeprazole lyophilized powder and water for injection is for intravenous administration only and must not be given by any other route. Omeprazole IV injection should be given as a slow intravenous injection. The solution for IV injection is obtained by adding 10 ml water for injection to the vial containing powder. After reconstitution the injection should be given slowly over a period of at least 2 to 5 minutes at a maximum rate of 4 ml/minute. Use only freshly prepared solution. The solution should be used within 4 hours of reconstitution.
IV Infusion: Omeprazole IV infusion should be given as an intravenous infusion over a period of 20-30 minutes or more. The contents of one vial must be dissolved in 100 ml saline for infusion or 100 ml 5% Dextrose for infusion. The solution should be used within 12 hours when Omeprazole is dissolved in saline and within 6 hours when dissolved in 5% Dextrose. The reconstituted solution should not be mixed or co-administered in the same infusion set with any other drug.
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies on the use of Omeprazole in pregnant women. Therapeutic doses during pregnancy are unlikely to pose a substantial teratogenic risk. Omeprazole should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit to pregnant women justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
Lactation: Omeprazole is excreted in human milk. Thus, a decision should be taken to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.