General Information On Zegerid
Zegerid is used to treat ulcers, which includes gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers. It is also indicated in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and stress ulcer prophylaxis. The medication is a combination of Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate.
Omeprazole, one of the active ingredients in Zegerid, belongs to a family of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, while Sodium Bicarbonate belongs to a group of medicines known as salt solutions, which are used as irrigating solutions.
Omeprazole works by inhibiting the production of acid in the stomach. Sodium bicarbonate acts as a buffer which allows the medication to dissolve completely without getting affected by the acid in the stomach.
Zegerid is available in the form of a capsule and powder for oral suspension. The capsule and powder for oral suspension are supplied in two strengths- Zegerid 20mg and Zegerid 40mg, where the strength of the medication denotes the amount of Omeprazole present in the medication.
You can buy Zegerid online, but consult your doctor before using the medication in any form as it will help reduce the risks of side effects that may be caused by the medication.
< h2>Side effects of Zegerid h2>
You should not use Zegerid if you are hypersensitive to any ingredient in it. The medication contains many inactive ingredients that may cause side effects if you are allergic to any of them. Before you buy Zegerid, inform the doctor if you have medical problems such as kidney problems, liver disease, low potassium or calcium levels in the blood, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure.
Zegerid may cause mild to severe side effects in some people. Headaches and abdominal pain are less severe side effects that you may experience after taking a dose of Zegerid. These side effects wane over time as your body gets used to the drug. If the side effects stay for a long time or become bothersome, you should consult your doctor.
In rare cases, the drug may also cause severe side effects such as swelling of the feet/hands, sudden weight gain. Some severe side effects such as muscle spasms/aches, mood changes, change in the amount of urine, dizziness, weakness, or vomiting occur very rarely. Stop using the medication and consult your doctor immediately if you notice or experience severe side effects after using Zegerid.
< h2>Dosage of Zegerid h2>
Your doctor will give specific instructions regarding the dosage. The dosage of Zegerid depends on various factors such as the medical condition being treated, other medical conditions a patient has, and the other medicines a patient is using. The recommended dosages to treat different medical conditions are-
- Recommended dose to treat duodenal ulcer - 20mg once a day. The treatment period is 4 weeks
- Recommended dose to treat gastric ulcers – 40mg once a day. The treatment duration is 4-8 weeks.
- Recommended dose to treat stress ulcer prophylaxis – Initial dose of 40mg followed by another 40mg dose in the next 6-8 hours. After the initial dose, the patient is required to take 40mg once daily for the next 14 days. Zegerid oral suspension is used in this treatment.
You can take the recommended dose anytime during the day or at bedtime. Take the dose on an empty stomach one hour prior to your meal.
< h2>Interactions h2>
Zegerid may interact with other medicines you are using and cause side effects. It may interact with medicines such as Ampicillin, Diazepam, Clarithromycin, HIV medications, Phenytoin, or specific diuretics. This is not a complete list of medications that may interact with Zegerid.
Before you buy Zegerid in any form, inform the doctor about every medicine you are using, which includes prescription drugs, over the counter medications, and herbal supplements.