Omeprazole is prescribed to treat people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid.

Formulation – Omeprazole is formulated using hypromellose, lactose, mannitol, sodium lauryl sulfate, gelatin-NF, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #40, D&C Red #28, titanium dioxide, synthetic black iron oxide, isopropanol, butyl alcohol, FD&C Blue #2, D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake.

Omeprazole is a drug that belongs to the Proton pump inhibitors drug class, and it has been found useful in additional to its main prescribed use to treat GERD, Barrett’s Oesophagus, Erosive Esophagitis and Duodenal Ulcer. If any side effects are caused by this drug a range of alternative drugs, listed further down this guide, may be prescribed.

Side Effects / Precautions

The side effects that can be experienced when taking Omeprazole include diarrhoea that is watery or bloody, low magnesium, dizziness, confusion, fast or uneven heart rate, jerking muscle movements, jittery feeling, muscle cramps, muscle weakness or limp feeling, cough or choking feeling, seizure.

Omeprazole does have side effects as mentioned above, and if you experience any of the above side effects, you should consult a doctor or medical professional immediately. As a precaution you should also have a discussion with your doctor to see if this drug is suitable for you if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.


Pantoprazole – One of the many different alternative drugs that you may be prescribed is this one, and it is a drug that has been found to be a good alternative should you be suffering from GERD. There are several other alternatives you could be prescribed by your doctor for that condition and they are ranitidine, Nexium, famotidine, Protonix, Prilosec.

Protonic – Should you be suffering from Barrett’s Esophagus and you are suffering any side effects then this drug is one alternative you could or may be prescribed. Should you be found to be intolerable then you will find there are several other alternatives available including Nexium, Prilosec, Dexilant, lansoprazole.

Prilosec – If you are suffering any of the side effects that are listed above and you are suffering from Erosive Esophagitis then you may be prescribed this drug. However, there are several others which have been found to be suitable alternatives and they include ranitidine, Nexium, famotidine, Protonix.

Famotidine – You could have been diagnosed as suffering from Duodenal Ulcer and if so there are a range of alternatives drugs available which could be prescribed to you, if you have been found to have been suffering any side effects from other drugs used to treat that condition. The different alternative drugs that can be taken to treat that condition include ranitidine, Protonix, Prilosec, Zantac,