My Dr. has prescribed Omeprazole 40 mg twice per day - which has been effective for me. On the last refill, I noticed that some were marked R159 and some were significantly smaller and marked R645. When I questioned the pharmacy, they switched them out to the R159s. Most recent refill is all the R645s. They claim there is no difference other than in the "filler". Why are 2 different capsules made? Why would I ever WANT the "filler", and what is the REAL difference in the 2 capsules?
What other markings are on the R645? Does it say omeprazole 40mg like the R159 does? If no, what other marking are on the capsule and what colors are the capsule? It may just be new and there is not a record of it yet. Fillers are what makes a capsule a capsule. They add fillers to the medicine to make it fill the capsule and to make the capsule itself. It can be things to help the powder absorb better etc. ALL pills and capsules have fillers. The fillers in the R159 are:
methacrylic acid - ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1) type a
D&C Red No. 28
FD&C Blue No. 1
FD&C Red No. 40
FD&C Yellow No. 6
ferric oxide yellow
sodium lauryl sulfate
I appreciate the help! The "new" cpsules are the same olor - lavender and yellow. They are marked Omeprazole and 40 mg on the yelliw end. On the lvender end, it is marked R645. They are about 3/4" long (smaller than the capsules that are marked R159). Thanks for any info you can provide :<)
- Omeprazole Information for Consumers
- Omeprazole Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Omeprazole (detailed)
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