My mother's PCP prescribed Omeprazole 20 mg 2 X a day. My impression was that this medication should be taken only once in a 24 hr period. She is 92 yrs old, weighs 108 pounds and is taking this for probable acid reflux that was possibly causing a chronic cough. Her medicare part D will only allow payment for once a day dosing making me think her prescription dose is not correct. Is there really any benefit for taking this twice a day instead of once a day? Could there be any potential side effects with taking this BID (especially on a long term basis)? She is also taking digoxin and warfarin - both listed as possible problems with this drug.
i DON'T THINK this is a real problem as to taking it SID or BID as omeprazole is an over the counter drug. I only take it when I need it and I take 2 20mg at once. These type of drugs are not good for you to take every day, so this is what I have read. My advice to you, especially if you are really uncomfortable with the way your mother is being prescribed these drugs; I would get another " stomache doctor " whatever the correct nme is and see what they say. It can not hurt to get a second opinion
- Omeprazole Information for Consumers
- Omeprazole Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Omeprazole (detailed)
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