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Zegerid OTC is designed to treat frequent heartburn by decreasing acid production in the stomach. This over-the-counter (OTC) medication comes in the form of a 14-day course of treatment, with repeated courses allowed once every four months. Possible off-label uses of Zegerid OTC include treating various types of ulcers, such as gastric and duodenal ulcers.

What Is Zegerid OTC Used For?

Zegerid OTC™ (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate) is a nonprescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Like other over-the-counter (OTC) PPIs, Zegerid OTC is approved only for the treatment of frequent heartburn.
 
The most common symptom of heartburn is pain or discomfort that starts in the middle of the chest. This sensation can move up through the throat. The pain can be frequent, constant, and/or severe. Large meals, lying down, and bending over can make heartburn symptoms worse. Heartburn treatment may include dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and medications (such as Zegerid OTC).
 
Zegerid OTC is used for a 14-day course of treatment, with repeated courses allowed once every four months. However, many (if not most) people who take medications like Zegerid OTC need to take them on a long-term basis. There is no reason that this medicine cannot be used for a long period of time, except that an evaluation by a healthcare provider is probably warranted, to rule out the possibility of more serious problems.
 
If your healthcare provider recommends that you take Zegerid OTC for longer than 14 days, you may completely disregard the label directions that warn against doing so.
 
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