Omeprazole is a widely used proton pump inhibitor that helps reduce the amount of acid formed in the stomach. Omeprazole is most commonly used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by high amounts of stomach acid.
It is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid). Over-the-counter omeprazole is used to help control heartburn that occurs 2 or more days per week.
In the video posted today, we’re sharing some knowledge about the use of omeprazole for those living with kidney disease. This article is a response to the questions that we’ve received asking if omeprazole is bad for the kidneys.
The short answer is Yes! Omeprazole can be unsafe for your kidneys and may further promote the progression of kidney disease. It may even place you at a higher risk of kidney disease.
Omeprazole is found in the medication PPI (proton pump inhibitor) and is not recommended for any use as they can permanently damage your kidneys.
If you have kidney disease, a safer option as an antacid would be sodium bicarbonate on which we did a video here.
Individuals with kidney disease should stay away from omeprazole at all times. For stomach acid, if you have kidney disease, do not take omeprazole.
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