Omeprazole Suspension and Infant Reflux
What is Omeprazole?
Omeprazole belongs to a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors. It works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
How does this help infant reflux?
Reflux is a condition where the stomach contents are continuously brought up after feeding. The stomachs acid is brought up with the food and it is this that causes the discomfort because it burns the Oesophagus. By reducing the acid in the stomach this burn is greatly reduced and the discomfort goes away.
Why do babies get reflux?
Most cases of reflux in babies is due to the immaturity of the oesophageal sphincter (the valve that closes the stomach off from the oesophagus). This just means that the valve is not strong enough to close properly and thus allows the stomach contents to regurgitate back up the oesophagus.
Why should reflux be treated?
Treatment of infant reflux is designed to reduce damage caused by regurgitated stomach acid. Left untreated the acid can ulcerate the oesophogus leading to swallowing difficulty and failure to feed. Long before this occurs parents will be alerted to the need to treat due to their babies discomfort around feeding time.
Why use Omeprazole suspension?
Omeprazole is commercially available as a tablet form and some doctors recommend dissolving this tablet and syringing up the solution to. This is difficult to do with any degree of confidence in the dose given and damage or dissolution of the beads that come from dissolving a tablet will stop the medication working. Omeprazole suspension is not made from a dissolved or crushed up tablets and is appropriately flavoured for infants. It gives parents piece of mind that they are giving the correct dose without the added anxiety of giving a medicine that their baby wont take.
How to give Omeprazole suspension:
Omeprazole suspension is given once or twice a day and it doesn’t matter if it is given with or without food.
If a dose is missed:
Missed doses can be given as soon as you remember but not if it is less than 6 hours before the next scheduled dose. Do not double dose to catch up – if a dose has been missed just take the next dose as normal.
Side effects of Omeprazole:
Omeprazole is generally well tolerated; any side effects are usually mild and last a short time. These may include change in bowel habit (diarrhea or constipation), nausea or vomiting or a skin rash. Please contact either you doctor or the pharmacists at Chittaway Centre Pharmacy if you are unsure.
Using Omeprazole with other medications:
Please check with you doctor or pharmacist before giving any other medications including those you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy or supermarket.
How should Omeprazole suspension be stored:
Omeprazole suspension requires refrigeration (between 4-8 degrees Celsius) and will last 30 days from the date of compounding. After this time there may be some loss of potency. At Chittaway Centre Compounding Pharmacy we individually make each Omeprazole suspension to fill each prescription, you are guaranteed of the longest expiry when you collect from us