Aspirin / Omeprazole

generic for Yosprala

What is Aspirin / Omeprazole?

Common Brand(s): Yosprala

This combination product contains two medications: aspirin and omeprazole. It is used to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack in people who have had "mini-strokes" (transient ischemic attacks), or a stroke due to a blood clot, or who have heart disease. This product is used by people who are at risk for developing ulcers while taking aspirin.

Aspirin belongs to a class of drugs known as antiplatelets. It has many uses, such as for pain relief or to reduce a fever. In low doses (such as this product), it is used to prevent harmful blood clots that can cause a stroke or heart attack. It works by stopping platelets in your blood from clumping together to form clots. Omeprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. This effect helps prevent ulcers and other stomach-related problems (such as heartburn) that can be caused by aspirin.

This medication contains a delayed-release form of aspirin. It should not be used to treat conditions that require an immediate-release form of aspirin, such as right after a heart attack or before certain heart procedures (such as percutaneous coronary intervention-PCI). Also, this combination product is not the same as taking aspirin and omeprazole separately.

Uses

  • myocardial infarction prevention in patient with angina pectoris and with high gastric ulcer risk
  • myocardial reinfarction prevention in patient at high risk of gastric ulcer risk
  • cerebral thromboembolism prevention in patient at high risk of gastric ulcer
  • thrombosis prevention after percutaneous coronary intervention in patient at high gastric ulcer risk

Usage Instructions

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at least 60 minutes before a meal. Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication. Do not split, crush, chew, or dissolve the tablet. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.