Delayed Release Tablet
(Generic alternative to Nexium)
Delayed Release Tablet (Enteric Coated)
What is Nexium/Esomeprazole used for?
This medicine is used to treat erosive esophagitis (severe swelling and irritation of the food pipe) and heartburn or other symptoms associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD [acidic stomach contents rising back into the food pipe]). It is also used with other medications to treat H. pylori infection and duodenal ulcer disease.
If you have any questions about your medicine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. This medicine is only to be used by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not give it to others. This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medicine. If you have any questions about your medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
How should Nexium/Esomeprazole be stored?
Store at 77 degrees F. Keep container tightly closed.
General drug information:
When should Nexium/Esomeprazole not be taken?
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to similar medications
What precautions should I follow when taking Nexium/Esomeprazole?
Before using this medicine, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding if you are taking any other prescription medicine, nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement if you have severe liver problems if you have any other medical condition
What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Nexium/Esomeprazole?
The antibiotics prescribed in conjunction with this medicine for the treatment of ulcers have occasionally been known to cause severe side effects and life-threatening allergic reactions. This medicine comes in delayed-release capsules that should be swallowed whole. Be sure to avoid crushing or chewing the capsules.
What are the side effects of Nexium/Esomeprazole?
Most severe: Allergic reactions (rash; hives; tightness in the chest; difficulty breathing; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
Most common: Headache; diarrhea; nausea; gas; stomach pain; constipation; dry mouth.
Other: Menstrual problems, migraine, mouth and throat problems, nausea, nervousness, nosebleed, pain, painful joints and muscles, painful urination, prickly or burning sensation, rash, rectal problems, rigidity, ringing in the ears, runny nose, sensitivity to touch, sinus problems, sleep disorders, sleepiness, sore throat, stomach bleeding, stomach pain, stomach upset, sweating, swelling, taste changes, thirst, tremors, urinary tract infection, vaginitis, vertigo, vision changes, vomiting, weakness, weight changes, worsening of arthritis, worsening of asthma, worsening of depression.
How should I take Nexium/Esomeprazole?
How much medicine you take and how often it is taken depend on many factors, including the condition being treated, your age, and weight. If you have any questions about the amount and/or frequency of the medicine you are taking, talk with your health care provider. Carefully read the information provided with this medicine and reread it each time you get this prescription refilled. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your health care provider. Take this medicine at least 1 hour before meals. Swallow Capsule whole. Do not crush or chew them. If you have difficulty swallowing the capsule, you may add 1 tablespoon of applesauce to an empty bowl. Open the capsule and empty the pellets onto the applesauce. Mix the pellets with the applesauce and swallow the mixture immediately. Do not store the mixture for future use. The applesauce used should not be hot and should be soft enough to be swallowed without chewing. Do not chew or crush the pellets. Antacids may be taken while using this medicine. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking with your health care provider. Do not take any over-the-counter or prescription medications without talking with your health care provider. This includes any herbal preparations or dietary supplements. Patients with other medical conditions should talk with their health care provider before taking this medicine. Do not use more medicine than prescribed unless advised to do so by your health care provider. Contact your health care provider at once if you feel you have taken too much of this medicine. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised to by your health care provider. If more than one dose is missed, restart medication and contact your health care provider.