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Nexium (Esomeprazole), also know by it's generic name Esomeprazole can treat stomach and esophagus problems brought on by acid reflux or ulcers. Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and helps reduce the amount of stomach acid the body generates and alleviates the symptoms of acid reflux while letting the stomach and esophagus heal.
This medication (Nexium) is taken orally once a day 1 hour before a meal. If you have acquired this medication over the counter, be sure to read the instructions thoroughly to ensure you are taking the medication correctly. You may still take antacids while being treated with Nexium.
Avoid crushing or breaking apart the tablet as it decrease the effect of the medication or can cause unwanted side effects. You should be using this medication regularly to ensure the maximum effect of the drug. For self treatment options do not take Nexium or it's generic brand longer than 14 days unless you have been given permission by your doctor or pharmacist. If symptoms don't change or get worse, speak with your doctor for further treatment options.
Speak with your doctor about any known allergies, prior medical conditions like liver disease or lupus, and any medication you are currently taking to ensure a safe effective treatment with Nexium.
If you are self treating with this medication take care to ensure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients, and stop taking the medication right away if you experience any allergic reactions.
If used for long duration's, PPI's could increase the risk of bone loss making a fracture more likely. There is also a possibility for vitamin deficiency while using Nexium. Check with your doctor to know if you are at risk for vitamin deficiency and if there are precautions to take while using Nexium.
Some common side effects can be headache and abdominal pain. More serious side effects can include:
irregular heart beat, muscle spasms, signs of lupus, joint pain, dizziness, trouble breathing, signs of kidney problems
If any side effects becomes severe, contact your doctor and seek additional treatment.
Q: I read somewhere that is an inject-able version of Nexium (Esomeprazole)?
A: As a generic it can be, however, the tablet form is the most widely available form of the medication. If you are unable to swallow tablets, speak with your doctor for other treatment options before seeking out an inject-able version of Nexium (Esomeprazole).
Q: How do I store Nexium (Esomeprazole)?
A: This is stored at room temperature and should be kept away from children and pets. Dispose of any unwanted medication or expired medication without using wastewater. If you are unsure of the proper method of disposing unwanted medication, speak with your local pharmacist.
Q: Can Nexium be used while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: It would be advised to speak with your doctor before knowing if Nexium will be a good fit during a pregnancy or breastfeeding. There is not enough medical data to know if Nexium can pass into the mothers breast milk and be transmitted to nursed infant. Speak with your doctor to better understand the risk involved when using Nexium while pregnant or breastfeeding.
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