Omeprazole: What is it for? How and when is it taken?
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Used in cases where it is necessary to reduce the production of gastric acid, omeprazole is fully among the gastroprotective drugs and anti-ulcer drugs.
To carry out its therapeutic action, omeprazole must be taken orally. In fact, the medicines that contain it are formulated in the form of hard gastro-resistant capsules. These medicines, in order to be sold, require the presentation of a specific repeatable medical prescription ( RR) However, as they are classified as class A drugs - when applicable (eligible for disease exemption) - their cost can be reimbursed by the National Health System (SSN), although in some cases it may be necessary to pay a ticket.
We point out, however, that currently (June 2020), in Italy it is also possible to find an over-the-counter (OTC) drug based on omeprazole.