Nexium (Esomeprazole) is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. This medication helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. Esomeprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Nexium may also be given to prevent gastric ulcer caused by infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), or by the use of NSAIDs. Nexium is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. Esomeprazole, the generic alternative of Nexium is available.
Use Nexium exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Get emergency medical help if you have chest pain that spreads to your jaw or shoulder and you feel anxious or light-headed.
Common Nexium side effects include but are not limited to:
Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Q: Why is Nexium prescribed?
A: Nexium decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is used to treat symptoms of GERD and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid
Q: Can I take Nexium to treat heartburn right away?
A: No, Nexium is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Q: Are there any major side effects I should be aware of?
A: Nexium can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor before using anti-diarrhea medicine.
Q: What is I miss a dose of Nexium?
A: Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Store Nexium at room temperature away from moisture and heat.