Medicine Overview of Opel Serra Tablet
Side Effects of Opel Serra are Headache, Stomach pain, Nausea, Flatulence, Diarrhoea.
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach which helps in relief of acid related indigestion and heartburn.
In Depth Information on Opel Serra Tablet
- Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after taking it for 14 days as you may be suffering from some other problem that needs attention.
- Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet can decrease magnesium levels in blood. Get your magnesium levels checked regularly. You may need a magnesium supplement or need to discontinue your medicine.
- Inform your doctor if you are suffering from osteoporosis as Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet can weaken your bones by decreasing calcium levels in blood. You may need a calcium supplement, preferably calcium citrate.
- Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet is a well-tolerated medicine and provides relief for a long time.
- It may take a few days to show its effect. You can take an antacid for a quick relief during this time unless your doctor has asked you not to use them.
- Once you start feeling better, do not stop taking your medicine. Take it for the duration as advised by your doctor
Opel Serra Tablet related warnings
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet may cause dizziness and visual disturbances. This may affect your driving ability.
Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet is recommended.
Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
A lower dose may be advised in patients with liver disease and who have to take this medicine for a long time.
If you miss a dose of Opel Serra 15 mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Frequently asked questions about Opel Serra Tablet
Q. Can I take Opel serra with domperidone?
Opel serra can be safely taken with domperidone as no harmful effects have been reported clinically. A fixed-dose combination of these two medicines is also available. Domperidone works by increasing the gut motility and Rabeprazole decreases the acid production in the stomach. So, this combination is very effective in the treatment of reflux esophagitis associated with acidity, heartburn, intestinal and stomach ulcers.
Q. What are the various conditions in which the use of Opel serra is contraindicated?
Use of Opel serra is contraindicated if you are allergic to this medicine or any other medicine belonging to the same class of drugs. Also, do not take Opel serra if you are already taking a medicine containing nelfinavir (used for the treatment of HIV infection).
Q. What if I miss my dose of Opel serra?
If you miss a dose of Opel serra, take it as soon as you remember and the next dose as scheduled. However, if it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose and then follow the regular schedule. Do not take double the dose.
Q. Can I take Opel serra along with oral contraceptive pills (birth control pills)?
Opel serra can be safely taken with oral contraceptive pills (birth control). They do not affect each other's action and no harmful effects have been seen when they are used together.
Opel serra belongs to the group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). This drug decreases the acid production in your stomach and is indicated for the treatment of conditions caused by excess acid secretion in the stomach.
Q. Can Opel serra cause subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus?
Opel serra has been reported to cause subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus in many studies. Common signs and symptoms of this disease include painful joints, tiredness, weakness, rash, fever, anemia, mouth ulcers, hair loss, and many others and these may get aggravated again and again. Talk to your doctor if you experience these side effects as you may need to discontinue this medicine.
Q. Can I take Opel serra with ondansetron?
Ondansetron is an anti-emetic medicine which helps in relieving nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting. No harmful effects have been seen when Opel serra is used with ondansetron. So, these two medicines can be taken together.
Q. Can Opel serra cause lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance has been reported with the use of Opel serra in some patients. Many Opel serra preparations contain lactose as an ingredient. This is a digestive problem in which the patient cannot digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products. The patient may complain of symptoms like flatulence (gas), diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain and feeling of being sick (nausea). Read the ingredients mentioned on the pack before taking the medicine.
Q. Can I take Opel serra with Vitamin E?
Opel serra can be taken with vitamin E. The combinations seems to have a beneficial effect in terms of better maintenance of moderate to severe esophagitis. However, there are not many studies or reports on this subject. Talk to your doctor for more information on this.
Q. Can I take Opel serra with levosulpiride?
Opel serra can be safely taken with levosulpiride as no harmful effects have been reported clinically. A fixed-dose combination of these two medicines is also available. Levosulpiride works by increasing the gut motility and Opel serra decreases the acid production in the stomach. So, this combination is very effective in the treatment of reflux esophagitis associated with acidity, heartburn, intestinal and stomach ulcers.
Q. Does Opel serra use increase the risk of clostridium difficile infection?
Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Opel serra may be associated with an increased risk of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD) as reported in few studies and informed by the US FDA as well. A possibility of CDAD can be there in patients taking PPIs and developed diarrhea that does not improve.
Q. Can Opel serra be used in cancer patients?
Opel serra can be taken by cancer patients as prescribed by a doctor. Since cancer patients may also take many other medicines for the primary cancer treatment or for other symptoms and infections, there are chances of drug interactions with Opel serra.
Q. For how long can Opel serra be taken?
Take Opel serra for as long as advised by your doctor. The duration of taking Opel serra would vary depending on your condition. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor.
Q. Can Opel serra cause calcium deficiency and osteoporosis?
Opel serra can cause osteoporosis (thinning of bones) as it decreases the calcium absorption leading to calcium deficiency. This leads to an increased risk of bone fractures on long-term use, like hip, wrist or spine fractures. Inform your doctor if you have osteoporosis or if you are taking corticosteroids (these can increase the risk of osteoporosis) before starting your therapy. Take enough calcium and vitamin D to reduce the risk.
Q. What are the rare side effects of Opel serra?
Rare side effects seen with the use of Opel serra includes a decrease in white cells or platelets, allergic reactions, problems like blurred vision, wheezing, shortness of breath (bronchospasm), dry mouth, thrush, liver problems like jaundice, hair loss (alopecia), skin rash on exposure to sunshine, joint pains (arthralgia) or muscle pains (myalgia), severe kidney problems (interstitial nephritis), increased sweating and inflammation of the gut causing diarrhoea.
Q. How does Opel serra work?
Proton (acid) pumps are found on the stomach mucosa and they are responsible for secreting acid in the stomach. Opel serra works by blocking this gastric acid pump and this unique mechanism of action helps in decreasing the acid secretion in the stomach.
Q. Does Opel serra cause hepatitis B and can a patient of hepatitis take Opel serra?
Opel serra can rarely cause hepatitis with or without jaundice and very rarely it can lead to hepatic failure and encephalopathy in patients with the underlying liver disease. Opel serra does not cause hepatitis B or any other viral hepatitis. However, there are studies showing an increased occurrence of hepatic encephalopathy in hepatitis B patients using PPIs. These medicines should be used with caution in patients with the underlying liver disease.
Q. Does Opel serra increase chromogranin levels?
Use of proton pump inhibitors like Opel serra has been seen to be associated with an increase in chromogranin levels. This increase in chromogranin levels can be due to the effect of these drugs on enterochromaffin cells and this could also falsely increase the levels in patients with neuroendocrine tumours.
Q. Does Opel serra cause dementia?
Use of proton pump inhibitors like Opel serra has been recently linked with the development of dementia in elderly patients. As this risk of developing dementia is not confirmed, talk to your doctor for more information on this effect.
Q. Does Opel serra cause vitamin deficiencies?
Opel serra may cause vitamin B12 and vitamin C deficiency. When taken orally, vitamin B12 requires an acidic environment for its absorption from the stomach while Opel serra causes a decrease the gastric acid secretion. You may need to take vitamin B12 supplements from outside. The clinical significance of the decrease in vitamin C levels is not known, so vitamin C supplementation is not recommended.
Q. Does Opel serra have an expiry date?
Yes, Opel serra does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack and it refers to the last day of that month. Do not use Opel serra after the expiry date.
Q. What is the role of Opel serra before endoscopy in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding?
Opel serra before endoscopy in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding reduces the need for endoscopic therapy, the rate of post-endoscopy bleeding, and shortens hospital stays. Hence Opel serra is given before endoscopy in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding.
Q. Are there any withdrawal symptoms associated with the use of Opel serra?
There are no withdrawal symptoms seen when patients stop using Opel serra as it has no habit forming tendencies.
Q. Can Opel serra cause magnesium deficiency?
Opel serra can cause magnesium deficiency in the blood. Low magnesium levels is a rare side effect seen in patients treated with Opel serra for at least three months and in most cases after a year of therapy. The patient may have symptoms like tetany, arrhythmias, and seizures and may need to stop this medicine and take magnesium from outside. Magnesium levels should be tested at regular intervals in the patients taking Opel serra for a long duration.
Q. Is Opel serra a controlled substance?
Opel serra is not a controlled substance. It is available when prescribed by a doctor.
Q. Can Opel serra be used in cardiac patients?
Patients with cardiac disease can take Opel serra. However, Opel serra can interact with certain drugs (e.g clopidogrel, digoxin) which might be used by a patient with an underlying cardiac disease. Patients taking Opel serra and digoxin may need to be monitored for digoxin toxicity. Opel serra decreases the activation of clopidogrel, thus reducing its effects. Patients taking these medicines together needs to be monitored closely by a doctor.
Q. Can the use of Opel serra cause iron deficiency?
Use of Opel serra can cause iron deficiency and a decrease in hemoglobin levels as it decreases the acidic environment of the stomach needed for the absorption of iron. However, there are no recommendations on the regular monitoring of iron levels or taking iron supplements when the patient is taking Opel serra.
Q. Is Opel serra a narcotic substance?
Opel serra is a not a narcotic substance and has not been reported to have any abuse potential. Opel serra does not get you high and does not cause any addiction as no withdrawal symptoms have been reported when you stop taking this drug.
Q. Is Opel serra available without a prescription as an over the counter product?
Opel serra is a prescription medicine and you can buy this drug by providing a doctor's prescription. Opel serra is not available as an over the counter (OTC) product.
Q. How is Opel serra metabolised in the body?
Opel serra is metabolized in the liver by the cytochrome P450 enzymes mainly CYP2C19. There could be an increase in the level of Opel serra in patients with underlying liver disease because of a decrease in its metabolism. However, the amount of drug does not increase if given once a day.
Q. Can Opel serra be used in stroke patients?
Opel serra can be used in stroke patients. There are studies suggesting that proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) as a class are not associated with an increased short-term risk of recurrent stroke or death among older adults treated with clopidogrel after stroke.
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