Nexium is the brand name for Esomeprazole. Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor used to reduce the amount of gastric acid. Gastric acid is an essential part of our digestive systems. However, some people who have conditions such as ulcers and acid reflux will find it beneficial to reduce these gastric acids. This is why Nexium is useful in the treatment of peptic ulcer disease and acid reflux.
Nexium is taken orally. The pill is in a multiple unit pellet system designed to hold up against the stomach acids long enough to be effective. Nexium should be taken with a full 8 ounces of water. Do not chew or break open the capsules. This drug should be taken an hour before eating. You should keep taking Nexium even after you start to feel better. The symptoms may have gone away but you could still have the problem.
Nexium may cause an allergic reaction in some patients. Look for signs of an allergic reaction and discontinue use if you experience any serious symptoms. Signs of an allergic reaction could include swelling, difficulty breathing, or a rash. Tell your doctor if you have concerns. Common side effects may occur such as headache, diarrhea, dry mouth, and nausea.
There are some medications that may be effected by taking Nexium. Some drugs may require you to take a smaller amount of Nexium. Tell your doctor about all the medications that you are currently taking to ensure your safety. Also, consult with your doctor about any medical conditions that you have. People who have had liver problems in the past may not be able to take Nexium. If you are pregnant you should talk to your doctor before taking Nexium. It is probably safe to take Nexium while you are expecting but it is your doctor’s job to explain the effects of this medication.
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