Losec / Omeprazole
Losec is a branded medication of the generic form of Omeprazole. Omeprazole is a medicine used to combat disorders associated with the stomach. These disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease – GERD, acid indigestion (Heartburn), ulcers of both stomach and intestines, reflux esophagitis and as both a preventative measure and treatment of ulcers associated with the use of NSAIDs medications (such as ibuprofen).
How does Losec work?
Losec containing the active ingredient Omeprazole belongs to a classification of medication referred to as proton pump inhibitors known as PPIs. Losec works by slowing down and inhibiting the production of the acid that is used within the stomach and therefore is effective at treating conditions that require a lower amount of acid to allow sufficient healing to take place as in the case of ulcers. By reducing the amount of acid produced Losec also aids in the discomfort associated with Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease(GORD), when acid reflux becomes chronic. Losec as a leading formation of Omerazole is also effective at treating Zollinger- Ellison syndrome and is commonly used in conjunction with antibiotics to treat ulcers formed due to infection with H. pylori. Losec also assists in the healing of erosive esophagitis (damage within the esophagus) caused by acids produced in the stomach.
A typical dose of Losec is in tablet form containing 20mg of Omeprazole, although different strengths are available.
It is imperative that users have both read and fully comprehend the guidance that accompany Losec prior to commencing treatment, in addition to following advice from their physician and ensuring the full course is completed.
The standard dosage of Losec is a 20mg tablet each day, unless you receive differing instructions from your doctor. Losec should be taken as a whole tablet and it can be consumed on an empty stomach.
Losec used for the treatment of duodenum ulcers should assist within 24 hours, a 2 week minimum course should be undertaken, with a maximum course of 4 weeks as directed by the doctor. Stomach ulcers generally take longer to resolve, approximately between a 4 and 8 week period. Ulcers formed from infection with the bacteria H. Pylori will require treatment with Losec alongside the antibiotics amoxicillin 1000mg and clarithromycin 500mg. A higher dosage is usually prescribed for Zollinger – Ellison Syndrome typicall taking 4 tablets of 20mg Losec containing Omeprazole each day.