How Long Does It Take For Omeprazole To Work?

19th January 2021

Omeprazole is a drug which has been formulated to treat certain stomach and oesophagus problems such as ulcers and acid reflux). It works by lowering how much acid your stomach makes and in doing so, will relieve symptoms such as a persistent and new cough, heartburn, and difficulty.

omeprazole for acid reflux

This medication helps to heal any damage to the stomach and oesophagus caused by acid, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the oesophagus. Omeprazole belongs to a family of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).

Does Omeprazole have any side effects?

Like all medications, Omeprazole does have side effects. However, they are not all serious. If the following side effects occur, these are perfectly common and should not be a cause of concern. However, if they worsen it is recommended that you speak to a doctor:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Dizziness
  • Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Acid Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Rash
  • Cough

The following side effects are slightly less common and if they occur, it is recommended that you seek advice from a doctor:

  • Bone Fracture (Osteoporosis Related)
  • Deficiency of Granulocytes in the Blood
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Gastric Polyps
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hair Loss
  • Chronic Inflammation of the Stomach
  • Destruction of Skeletal Muscle
  • Taste Changes
  • Abnormal Dreams

Finally, these side effects are extremely rare, and you must seek medical attention if one/more than one occurs.

  • Liver Damage
  • Inflammation in the Kidneys
  • Pancreatitis
  • Dermatologic Disorder

Can I buy Omeprazole over the counter?

You can buy Omeprazole 10mg tablets and capsules from pharmacies. They are the same as Omeprazole 10mg tablets and capsules you can get with a prescription, but they are meant to be taken only by adults and only for up to 4 weeks.

Higher doses of Omeprazole are only available on prescription. When purchasing Omeprazole at UK Meds, you will be required to fill in an online consultation consisting of questions similar to those that would be asked by a GP.

These questions include asking about your medical history and the condition which you are looking to treat. We will then instruct an independent prescriber registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council to review your answers and make an informed decision on whether to send you Omeprazole.

This process is essential as it assures you that you are receiving a quality product on the recommendation of a medical professional.

How long does Omeprazole take to work?

It is usual to take Omeprazole once a day, first thing in the morning. You can take it with or without food as it will not upset your stomach. If you need to take it twice a day, take 1 dosage in the morning and 1 dosage in the evening.

The usual dose to treat:

  • Indigestion is 10mg to 20mg a day
  • Heartburn and Acid Reflux is 20mg to 40mg a day
  • Stomach Ulcers is 20mg to 40mg a day
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome is 20mg to 120mg a day

Doses are usually lower for children and people with liver problems.

You should start to feel better within 2 to 3 days once you begin taking Omeprazole. It may take up to 4 weeks for it to work properly, so you may still have some acid symptoms during this time.