Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) is an oral medication indicated to treat diseases of the stomach and esophagus such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and pathological hypersecetory conditions. It also reduces the risk of NSAID-associated gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer caused by H.Pylori. In addition, this medication relieves symptoms like heartburn, persistent cough, and difficulty swallowing.
This proton pump inhibitor decreases the amount of acid the stomach makes. It acts specifically by blocking the final step of acid production. The effect of this medication would depend on the dose taken.
Before starting to take Nexium, read the prescription or medication guide provided. Take it according to the dose and frequency prescribed by your physician or pharmacist. It is available in two forms: delayed-release capsules (Nexium 20 mg and Nexium 40mg) and delayed-release oral suspension.
Take this medication orally, one hour before your first meal of the day. Avoid increasing or decreasing your dose and taking it more often than prescribed. Your dose would depend on your medical condition and your response to treatment. Nexium may also be taken with other antacids. If you are taking sucralfate, take this medication at least thirty minutes before sucralfate.
As this is medication has coated pellets for its delayed-release action. Avoid cutting, crushing, or chewing the capsule. Swallow it whole and drink one full glass of water afterward.
Some of the common Nexium side effects you may experience are:
Most people taking Nexium experience little or mild side effects that disappear on their own. However, suppose you experience severe adverse reactions like persistent diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, blood in the stool, fever, irregular heartbeat, seizure, and persistent joint pain, contact your physician or health care provider right away.
Avoid taking Nexium if you have a known allergy to esomeprazole, omeprazole, lansoprazole, or any inactive ingredients this medication may have. Signs of an allergic reaction include red patches on the skin, itchiness, severe dizziness, and difficulty breathing. If you begin to manifest any of these symptoms, discontinue medication and seek emergency help right away.
Before taking Nexium, talk to your healthcare provider about any medical condition you have at present. If you have liver disorders, kidney disease, or lupus, this medication might worsen your condition.
Prolonged use of proton pump inhibitors like Nexium may increase the risk of bone fractures or bone loss. It is advised to take calcium and vitamin D supplements when using this medication. In addition, you have to talk to your healthcare provider about other ways to prevent bone loss and bone fractures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy Nexium OTC (over-the-counter)?
Yes, Nexium 24HR indicated for adults (18 years and older) with frequent heartburn — when you have heartburn two or more days a week — whereas prescription NEXIUM is indicated for many acid-related conditions.
Nexium vs Prilosec – what is the difference?
Nexium and Prilosec are both proton pump inhibitors. However, Nexium contains esomeprazole while Prilosec has omeprazole.
Can children take Nexium?
Children can use Nexium in low doses and only for a short time.
What should I do if I cannot swallow Nexium capsules?
If you cannot swallow Nexium, you may open the capsule and mix it with one tablespoon of applesauce at room temperature.
Can pregnant and breastfeeding women take Nexium?
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only use Nexium if the potential benefits are more significant than the potential risks.