Dispersible tablets: Put the tablet in 10 mL of water (two medicine spoons) – do not crush the tablets. (Tablets may be split in half if the dose is half of the full tablet.) Stir gently until a very cloudy mixture is created, this may take 5–10 minutes. You can add a small amount of fruit juice, apple sauce or yogurt to this mixture but do not use milk or fizzy water. Your child should eat/drink all the mixture straight away.
We use medicines to make our children better, but sometimes they have other effects that we don’t want (side-effects).
Other side-effects you need to know about.
Your doctor will work out the amount of omeprazole (the dose) that is right for your child. The dose will be shown on the medicine label.
Give the medicine at about the same time(s) each day so that this becomes part of your child’s daily routine, which will help you to remember.
Side-effects you must do something about.
It is unlikely that you will cause harm if you give your child an extra dose of omeprazole by mistake. If you are worried that you may have given too much omeprazole, contact your doctor or NHS Direct (0845 46 47 in England and Wales; 08454 24 24 24 in Scotland). Have the medicine packet with you if you ephone for advice.
The primary source for the information in this leaflet is the British National Formulary for Children. For details on any other sources used for this leaflet, please contact us through our website.
It is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions about how much to give.
If you usually give it once a day: Give the missed dose when you remember during the day, as long as this is at least 12 hours before the next dose is due. If you usually give it twice a day : If you remember up to 4 hours after you should have given a dose, give your child the missed dose. For example, if you usually give a dose at about 7 am, you can give the missed dose at any time up to 11 am. If you remember after that time, do not give the missed dose. Give the next dose as usual.
Tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water or juice. Your child should not chew the tablet. Tablets should not be crushed.
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Your child may get the following side-effects when they first start taking omeprazole. They should wear off as your child’s body gets used to the medicine. If they are still a problem after a week or so, contact your doctor.
Omeprazole is a safe medicine and most children can take it without having any side-effects.
In gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), the contents of the stomach come back up (reflux) into the food pipe (oesophagus). This is often painful and it can damage the food pipe. Omeprazole reduces the amount of acid in the stomach, which reduces the symptoms of GORD and helps protect the food pipe.
Version 1.2, May 2011 (November 2011). NPPG, RCPCH and WellChild 2011,. Reviewed by: May 2013.
This leaflet is about the use of omeprazole for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (sometimes referred to as GORD for short).
Capsules should be swallowed with a glass of water or juice. Your child should not chew the capsule.You can open the capsule and mix the contents with a small amount of soft food such as yogurt, honey or jam. Make sure your child swallows it all straight away, without chewing.
We take great care to make sure that the information in this leaflet is correct and up-to-date. However, medicines can be used in different ways for different patients. It is important that you ask the advice of your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure about something. This leaflet is about the use of these medicines in the UK, and may not apply to other countries. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG), WellChild and the contributors and editors cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of information, omissions of information, or any actions that may be taken as a consequence of reading this leaflet.
If your child develops a rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or has difficulty breathing or swallowing, they may be allergic to omeprazole. Contact your doctor or take your child to hospital straight away.
Your child’s doctor, pharmacist or nurse will be able to give you more information about omeprazole and about other medicines used to treat GORD. 8/12/2011.
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Omeprazole starts working straight away and your child should start to have less discomfort and less reflux. It may take up to 4 weeks for omeprazole to work fully so your child may still have some symptoms during this time. If you are not sure whether the medicne is working, contact your doctor.
Omeprazole Brand name: Losec.
Try to give medicines at about the same times each day, to help you remember.
This leaflet has been written specifically about the use of this medicine in children. The information may differ from that provided by the manufacturer. Please read this leaflet carefully. Keep it somewhere safe so that you can read it again.
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