What is Nexium?Nexium is a medicine that blocks the production of stomach acid. It belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Nexium is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus due to excess acid).
It is also used to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in people on continuous therapy with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); for long-term treatment of certain conditions marked by excessive acid production, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome; and as part of a combination treatment to eliminate the bacteria that often causes ulcers (known as H. pylori).
What is the most important information I should know about Nexium?Taking Nexium may hide the symptoms of serious stomach problems. Symptom relief does not rule out the existence of other serious conditions, including cancer.
Who should not take Nexium?Do not take Nexium if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. You should not take Nexium if you have been allergic to other PPIs in the past.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Nexium?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Nexium. Also, be sure to tell your doctor if you have any drug allergies, a history of liver problems, if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.
Children and adolescents 1-17 years: Nexium can be prescribed for the short-term treatment of GERD and erosive esophagitis in this age group. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child.
How should I take Nexium?Nexium delayed-release capsules should be swallowed whole and taken at least 1 hour before eating. If you have difficulty swallowing capsules, you can open the capsule and empty the contents onto a tablespoon of applesauce. Swallow the mixture immediately; do not store it for later use. The applesauce should not be hot and should be soft enough to be swallowed without chewing. Do not chew or crush the granules.
Nexium delayed-release oral suspension should be taken 1 hour before meals. To prepare the suspension, empty the contents of the packet into a container with 1 tablespoon of water in it. Stir the suspension and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to thicken. Stir the suspension again and drink it within 30 minutes. If any suspension remains in the container after you drink it, add more water, stir, and drink immediately.
If you have a stomach tube in place, talk to your doctor about how you should take Nexium.
Antacids may be used while taking Nexium.
Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before your treatment is completed.
What should I avoid while taking Nexium?Avoid taking Nexium with food. Take Nexium at least 1 hour before meals. Do not change your dose or stop taking the medication without talking to your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Nexium?If Nexium is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Nexium with the following: atazanavir, digoxin, iron salts or products that contain iron, ketoconazole, voriconazole, and warfarin.
What are the possible side effects of Nexium?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, gas, headache, nausea
Can I receive Nexium if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Nexium during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Nexium?Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Nexium?Store at room temperature.