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Nexium is a type of medicine called a proton pump inhibitor which treats acid reflux, heartburn, stomach ulcers and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD). The generic name of Nexium is Esomeprazole.
Nexium works by blocking proton pumps that line the wall of the stomach. This prevents excess stomach acid production to prevent and reduce acid reflux.
Nexium will start to work within one or two hours of taking it. It may take two to three days to feel a lot better. However, it can take a number of weeks to complete a treatment course, depending on your health problem.
Long term use of Nexium for three months or more can cause side effects such as:
After one year of using Nexium there is an increased risk of experiencing:
Long term use of Nexium should be monitored by a doctor.
Heartburn is a momentary sensation, whereas acid reflux can become a long-term problem. Acid reflux causes a number of symptoms, the main one being heartburn. Acid reflux occurs when the stomach produces excess acid, causing it to travel back up the oesophagus (food pipe). The resulting heartburn feels like an uncomfortable, burning pain in the middle of your chest. If this happens more than twice a week it's known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD).
The active ingredient in Nexium is Esomeprazole.
The inactive ingredients in Nexium are glycerol monostearate 40-55, hyprolose, hypromellose, iron oxide (20 mg reddish-brown, yellow, 40 mg reddish brown) (E172), magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1) dispersion 30 per cent, microcrystalline cellulose, synthetic paraffin, macrogol, polysorbate 80, crospovidone, sodium stearyl fumarate, sugar spheres (sucrose and maize starch), talc, titanium dioxide (E171), triethyl citrate.
Nexium is an anti-acid that has a good safety profile, however, it can cause a severe allergic reaction in some people. This reaction will present as facial swelling, a rash, itching, trouble breathing, chest tightness and, severe dizziness. Please seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms after taking the medication.
Nexium is usually taken once a day without food. You should swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water, or dissolve it carefully in water if you have trouble swallowing tablets. The amount of Nexium you have to take will depend on why you are taking it. Always follow the instructions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist.
How long you take Nexium will depend on why it has been prescribed for you. Always follow the instructions your doctor gives you on how to take Nexium. A treatment course is typically two to eight weeks long and after this, you can use Nexium when you need to.
If you forget to take Nexium, take it as soon as you remember. There is no need to take a missed dose at the same time as your next dose, try to make sure they are a few hours apart. If you are unsure what to do after you miss a dose of Nexium, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you take too much Nexium, it is unlikely to cause problems. However, if you experience any of the following side effects, see your doctor:
You should only take Nexium with water. Try to avoid food and drinks which commonly trigger acid reflux or heartburn. These are:
Always take Nexium as your doctor has prescribed. This will depend on your condition and symptoms. Here are some typical treatment courses:
Common side effects after taking Nexium may include:
Uncommon side effects of Nexium can include:
Rare side effects of Nexium can include:
Signs of an allergic reaction to Nexium include:
If you experience any of these symptoms seek emergency medical attention straight away.
Taking Nexium may mask signs of other diseases. Tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms while taking Nexium:
Do not take Nexium if:
Extra care should be taken if:
Alternative proton pump inhibitors include Lansoprazole, Pantoprazole, Omeprazole and Rabeprazole. In addition, antacids can relieve the symptoms of heartburn, but they are not suitable for long-term use. Examples of antacids include Gaviscon and Rennies.
Antacids are suitable to take alongside Nexium. You should leave at least two hours before or after taking each type of medicine.
Some painkillers are safe to take alongside Nexium. If you take painkillers regularly or are experiencing pain, check with your doctor or pharmacist on the best way to take them alongside Nexium.
Lifestyle changes can help you reduce and prevent acid reflux. These include:
Factors that can cause acid reflux include:
There are lifestyle changes you can make to prevent acid reflux or heartburn. These include:
Drinking alcohol while taking Nexium is not recommended. Alcohol can irritate the stomach lining and make your symptoms worse.
Speak to your doctor before taking Nexium if you are pregnant or planning a baby. You should not use Nexium while breastfeeding as it is not known whether or not Nexium is passed into breast milk.
Nexium is not known to affect hormonal or non-hormonal methods of contraception. However, Nexium can reduce the effectiveness of the ellaOne emergency contraceptive tablet. If you are taking Nexium and need to take the morning after pill, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
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