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Nexium is a type of medicine called a proton pump inhibitor which treats acid reflux, heartburn, stomach ulcers and gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD). The generic name of the drug is Esomeprazole.
Nexium works by blocking the enzymes lining the wall of the stomach and preventing excess production of stomach acid in order to relieve acid reflux.
Nexium will start to work within 2-3 days but it can take up to 4 weeks to have full effect while your stomach heals.
Long term use of Nexium for three months or more can cause adverse effects such as:
After one year of use there is an increased risk of experiencing:
Long term use of Nexium should be monitored by a doctor.
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 food pipe. It 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 (GERD).
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 usually taken once a day and it can be taken with or 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. How much to take will depend on why you are taking it so it's important to always follow the instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist.
How long you take Nexium for will depend on why it has been prescribed to you. Many treatments will be prescribed for a duration of 2-8 weeks and after this you can use Nexium as and when needed.
If you forget to take Nexium take it as soon as you remember unless it is less than 12 hours until you are due to take your next dose. In this case, just leave the missed one. The same applies if you are taking Nexium twice daily and it is less than four hours until your next dose is due.
If you take too much Nexium by mistake it is unlikely to cause problems. However, if you experience any of the following adverse effects see your doctor:
It's recommended to avoid food and drinks which commonly trigger acid reflux and heartburn. These are:
Always take the dose that has been prescribed to you. This will depend on your condition and symptoms.
Common side effects after taking Nexium may include:
Uncommon side effects can include:
Rare side effects can include:
Signs of an allergic reaction include:
If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical attention right 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:
Other types of proton pump inhibitors include Lansoprazole, Pantoprazole, Omeprazole and Rabeprazole. Antacids are readily available to relieve the symptoms of heartburn but they are not suitable for long-term use. These include medicines such as Gaviscon, Alka-Seltzer and Milk of Magnesia.
Antacids are suitable to take alongside Nexium. You should leave at least two hours before or after taking each type of medicine.
Painkillers such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are safe to take alongside Nexium. Ibuprofen is best taken after a meal to prevent stomach discomfort.
There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce acid reflux. These include:
There are several common factors which can cause acid reflux. These include:
There are several changes you can make to prevent acid reflux and heartburn. These include:
Drinking alcohol while taking Nexium is not recommended as it can irritate the stomach lining and make your symptoms worse.
Consult a doctor before taking Nexium during pregnancy. You should refrain from using this medicine while breastfeeding as it is not known whether or not Nexium is passed into breastmilk.
Nexium will not affect the contraceptive pill but it can reduce the effectiveness of the ellaOne emergency contraceptive pill. If you are taking Nexium and need to take the morning after pill, Levonelle can be taken instead.
NHS> Esomeprazole https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/esomeprazole/
NHS> Acid Reflux drugs linked to increased stomach cancer risk https://www.nhs.uk/news/cancer/acid-reflux-drugs-linked-increased-stomach-cancer-risk/
NHS> Heartburn and acid reflux https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heartburn-and-acid-reflux/
Web MD> What lifestyle changes help manage heartburn? https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/lifestyle-changes-heartburn
Patient Information leaflet https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4658/pil