Omeprazole is a stomach acid reducer forming part of the class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. It decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Omeprazole is not only used to treat acid reflux, but also gastric and duodenal ulcers. It is also used to prevent stomach problems if you are taking drugs that can cause damage to your stomach.
Omeprazole and the benefit of DNA analysis
The rate at which omeprazole is processed within your body varies from one individual to another. This means that the efficacy and side effects of omeprazole can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes.
Preventive DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.
Omeprazole and the enzyme CYP2C19
Omeprazole is processed within the body primarily by the enzyme CYP2C19. The activity of this enzyme can vary considerably depending on your genetic predisposition, which means the efficacy of omeprazole can also differ from person to person.
Information about your genetic predisposition may therefore provide grounds for extra vigilance in relation to a treatment with omeprazole.
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Also known as
Losec, Losecosan, Omecat, Omeprazolum, Prilosec, Antra, Audazol, Belmazol, Ceprandal, Danlox, Desec, Elgam, Emeproton, Gasec, Gastrimut, Gastroloc, Indurgan, Inhibitron, Logastric, Mepral, Mopral, Olexin, Omapren, Omepral, Omeprazon, Omeprol, Omezol, Omisec, Omizac, Ortanol, Parizac, Prazidec, Prazolit, Procelac, Ramezol, Regulacid, Sanamidol, Ulceral, Ulcesep, Ultop, Zepral