Omeprazole medication is a drug used to treat ulcers (including stomach ulcers) and symptoms of GERD. It is the generic name for the brand Prilosec and Prilosec OTC. Omeprazole medication is in the proton pump inhibitor class of drugs which blocks production of stomach acid to reduce symptoms of acid reflux.
Omeprazole medication is doctor prescribed and picked up by you at your pharmacy. Multum is the company that generates the medication guide for doctors and health care facilities that provide omeprazole medication. Unfortunately treatment even with the correct dose of this medicine can result in a wide range of side effects that range from the mildly unpleasant to the embarrassing and down right deadly.
Omeprazole medication side effects include:
· Sensitivity to light
· Loss of taste
· Swelling of the hands, feet, legs and more
· Mouth inflammation
· Gastrointestinal infection
· Muscle weakness
· Muscle aches, pain or tenderness
· Stomach and abdominal pain
· Feeling light headed
· General feeling of being ill
· Dermatitis and skin problems
· Hair loss
· Blurred vision
· Anaphylactic shock
· Kidney problems
· Male breast enlargement
· Joint pain
· Dry mouth
· Impotence or other sexual side effects
· Profuse sweating
· Blood and bone marrow issues
· Stevens-Johnson syndrome
· Toxic reactions
· Problems with metabolism
· Liver problems
Now compare the side effects with the symptoms that it is meant to prevent and control:
· Sore throat
· Chest pain
Clearly the side effects of omeprazole medication can be much worse and far more dangerous than the symptoms they are meant to treat. Now that doesn’t mean that you should avoid any treatment all together. As over time reflux of stomach acid can result in erosion of the esophagus and other health problems.
Fortunately there are many ways to naturally combat and prevent symptoms of GERD and to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach without omeprazole medication. Your plan for natural treamtent of acid reflux and GERD symptoms without omeprazole medication should include the following:
1. Eliminating bad habits that increase acidity.
2. Changing diet by reducing acidic foods and increasing the ratio of alkaline foods.
3. Getting regular exercise
4. Watching activities after meals
5. Taking natural remedies and home cures to balance ph levels
1. Bad Habits
Whether or not you are following a natural plan for treatment or are going to risk the dangers of omeprazole medication you should begin be eliminating bad habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol which create acidity in the body.
Again omeprazole medication is not a magical cure and while it may help some symptoms even with major risks it does not prevent the causes. You need to reduce the amount of acid in your diet which will reduce the amount of acid produced in your stomach. Try to consume a ratio of 2-3 parts alkaline foods to acidic foods.
Even short walks after meals will promote better digestion and metabolism.
Avoid laying down or bending over directly after meals.
5. Natural Remedies
There are many natural remedies to help balance ph levels to ensure the right balance of stomach acid to ensure proper digestion. These include a wide range of herbs, and natural foods and drinks that are easy to find and incorporate into your daily routines and do not carry side effect like omeprazole medication.