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Zegerid (Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate)and/or alternatives
Zegerid 20/1100mg from $0.82 USD/capsuleZegerid 20/1100mg
Manufactured by: MSD Consumer Care, Inc.
Product of United StatesOTCNo Prescription RequiredCurrently Unavailable
Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate 20mg/1680mg/Packet from $3.20 USD/sachetOmeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate 20mg/1680mg/Packet
Generic Alternative to Zegerid
Marketed as Omez Insta in India
Manufactured by: Dr. Reddy's
Product of India. Shipped from IndiaRxPrescription Required
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.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.