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Brand Name: Nexium
Generic Name: Esomeprazole
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Nexium [Esomeprazole] Description
Generic Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor; it blocks the enzyme that produces acid in the stomach, effectively reducing the secretion of gastric acid. This gives relief to people from heartburn, indigestion, reflux, burping, nausea, abdominal pain/bloating, or persistent cough. Reduction of gastric acid prevents ulceration in the gastro-intestinal tract, while Esomeprazole can heal the existing ulcers.
Uses of Nexium
Nexium is used for treating Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease [GERD], Dyspepsia, Peptic Ulcer Disease [PUD], and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome [ZES] - a rare disease. The medicine is available in capsule formulation and as an oral suspension [meant for small children].
This medicine can even be given to babies who are at least 1 year in age.
How to Use Nexium
The dose depends on individual condition, age, and disorder being treated. The child's weight is also taken into consideration while deciding the dose. Take the dose exactly as prescribed by the gastroenterologist/pediatrician. It is normally taken once a day, 1 hour before a meal.
The capsules should be swallowed whole, but for those who have difficulty in swallowing, the contents of the capsule can be mixed with cool applesauce or yogurt and eaten immediately. If oral suspension is being to a child, then the contents of the Nexium packet have to be dissolved in a tablespoonful of water, stirred well, allowed to thicken for a couple of minutes, and then consumed at once.
Missed Dose of Nexium
Consult your doctor if you miss a dose. Since this is a single dose, you are not likely to miss it, but if you do, then try to take the missed dose as soon as you can, but don't double your dose.
Side-effects of Nexium
Some of the common, less serious side effects can include:-
- Constipation, conversely diarrhea
- Gas, or stomachache
- Dry mouth
An allergic reaction such as:- itching, rash, swelling, dizziness, or labored breathing means that you should stop the medicine and ask your doctor for help.
Overdose of Nexium
If overdose is suspected - the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Symptoms can include: tachycardia, profuse perspiration, blurred vision, or confusion.
Interactions of Nexium
Some of the medicines with which Nexium interacts, are:-
- Antifungals like Ketoconazole or Itraconazole
- Anticoagulants such as Warfarin
- Medicines for heart attacks/strokes by stopping blood-clotting like Clopidogrel
- Medicines to treat arrhythmias/heart failure like Digoxin
- Antiretrovirals drugs for HIV such as Atazanavir, or Nelfinavir
- Cilostazol [which improves blood and oxygen supply to the arteries in the legs]
- Cancer drugs like Dasatanib, or Erlotinib
- Anti-anxiety medications such as Diazepam
- Anti-inflammatory drugs for ulcerative colitis like Mesalamine
- Antibiotics such as Ampicillin
- Iron supplements.
Precautions of Nexium
- Should you be required to undergo a surgery, inform the surgeon/dentist that you are taking this medicine.
- The therapy may be extended after the usual 4-8 weeks period is over, if the patient does not respond fully to the treatment.
- It is recommended that you do not attempt to treat yourself by taking, increasing, decreasing, or stopping the medicine on your own.
- Never share your medicine with anyone else, even if they have similar symptoms it can do more harm than good to that person.
Notes of Nexium
Read the Patient Information every time you buy a refill - it may have some new information. Your physician will be able to tell you more about the uses, side effects, interactions, and precautions associated with this medication. Discard any unused medicine after treatment is over.