Altosec Side Effects

By Lee Tea

Altosec is a prescription medication used in South Africa that is classified as a proton pump inhibitor.

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Altosec is a prescription medication used in South Africa that is classified as a proton pump inhibitor.

What is Altosec?

Altosec is a prescription medication used in South Africa. It is not available in the United States. The active ingredient in Altosec is Omeprazole. In the United States, the drug Prilosec is the equivalent to Altosec.

Altosec is used to treat acid erosions, general indigestion, gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), abnormally shaped esophagus (Barrett's Syndrome), conditions in which the stomach makes too much acid (Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome), and stomach ulcers. Altosec may be used to treat other conditions as directed by a physician.

Common Side Effects

The most common side effects associated with Altosec usage include headaches and diarrhea. Most of the time, these side effects are not bothersome enough to cause patients to discontinue the use of Altosec. If the side effects become extremely bothersome, talk to your doctor to discuss the possibility of alternative medications or ways to treat the side effects of Altosec.

Serious Side Effects

Chest pain, dark-colored urine, fast heartbeat, chills, fever, sore throat, swollen or blistered skin, swelling of the hands or feet, unusual bleeding or bruising, excessive sleepiness, and vision changes are considered to be serious Altosec side effects. If you experience any of these side effects, discontinue use of Altosec and contact your physician at once.

Contraindications

Certain types of drugs may interact with Altosec. If you take blood thinners like Warfarin, or HIV protease inhibitors, clarithromycin, voriconazole, benzodiazepines, cilostazol, cyclosporines (certain antibiotics), digoxin, disulfiram, phenytoin, tacrolimus, ampicillins (certain antibiotics), antifungals, clopidogrel, ginkgo biloba, or iron supplements, consult with your doctor about whether you can safely take Altosec.

If you aren't sure what kinds of medications you take, bring the bottles, including all over-the-counter and natural supplements, to your doctor so he or she can help you to decrease your risk of interaction.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, discuss with your physician the risks that Altosec might cause to you or your fetus before beginning the medicine.

Allergy Information

If you should develop trouble breathing, swelling in the face, tongue or throat or a yellowness to the skin or eyes, discontinue the use of Altosec and immediately head to the nearest emergency room or call 911. These symptoms indicate severe allergy or liver dysfunction and can be life threatening if left untreated.

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About the Author

Leeann Teagno has been writing professionally since 2006. An English major, she continues to study information systems management at American Public University. Teagno is an organic gardener, cook and technology buff with past employment in mobile communications. She also volunteers at an animal shelter and operates a home bakery.

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