Nexium Medication Uses
Chemical Name ESOMEPRAZOLE (ess-oh-MEP-ra-zole)
Nexium is a TABLET in Canada. It CANNOT be split in half.
NEXIUM is a prescription medication that is used for several conditions. It is classified as medication called proton pump inhibitors. Primarily, NEXIUM is used to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), allows the esophagus to heal, and prevent further damage to the esophagus. It may also be used to treat other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Additionally, NEXIUM may also be prescribed along with other medications to prevent stomach ulcers. Its key purpose is to decrease the amount of acid produced by the stomach. It promotes healing of erosive esophagitis, preventing damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid. Other physicians may prescribe NEXIUM to prevent gastric ulcer caused by infection with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), or by the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
NEXIUM is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
NEXIUM should be used exactly as prescribed by your physician. Do not take in excess amounts, or take it for longer than recommended. This medication is usually prescribed for only 4-8 weeks, although your physician may recommend a second treatment if needed.
NEXIUM should be ingested at least one hour before a meal with a full glass of water. The tablet should be swallowed whole – do not crush, break, or open the tablet. The tablet is formed to release the medication slowly in the body. Tampering with the tablet may affect its performance.
Continue taking NEXIUM regularly to get optimal results, even though your symptoms may improve before you have finished your cycle of medication.
Consult your physician before you start taking NEXIUM – it may not be the right medication for you. Inform your physician of any medications that you are taking, including prescription, non-prescription and/or herbal supplements. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment if you:
- are allergic to NEXIUM, esomeprazole or to any other benzimidazole medication
- have liver disease
- have any sort of heart disease
- have low levels of magnesium in your blood
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- are breast-feeding
- have osteoporosis or osteopenia
Taking a proton pump inhibitor may increase your risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine. This effect has occurred mostly in patients aged 50+ who have taken the medication for an extended time period, or at high doses.
Drug manufacturers are required to inform patients of all known side effects of their products. Side effects of medication may range from mild to severe. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any signs of an allergic reaction, including hives, difficulty breathing and/or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Common side effects may include:
- stomach pain
- dry mouth
- decreased appetite
More severe side effects may include:
- severe allergic reactions
- chest pain
- dark urine
- rapid heartbeat
- persistent sore throat
- severe stomach pain
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- unusual tiredness
- yellowing of the eyes or skin