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Nexium

Nexium

Nexium Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Nexium

Generic Name: esomeprazole (Pronunciation: ee so MEP ra zol)

What is esomeprazole (Nexium)?

Esomeprazole is in a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Esomeprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Esomeprazole is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Esomeprazole is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid).

Esomeprazole may also be given to prevent gastric ulcer caused by infection with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), or by the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Esomeprazole is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.

Esomeprazole may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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What are the possible side effects of esomeprazole (Nexium)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using esomeprazole and call your doctor at once if you have symptoms of low magnesium such as:

  • dizziness, confusion;
  • fast or uneven heart rate;
  • jerking muscle movements;
  • jittery feeling;
  • muscle cramps, muscle weakness or limp feeling;
  • cough or choking feeling; or
  • seizure (convulsions).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache, drowsiness;
  • diarrhea;
  • nausea, stomach pain, gas, constipation; or
  • dry mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about esomeprazole (Nexium)?

Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to esomeprazole or to any other benzimidazole medication such as albendazole (Albenza), or mebendazole (Vermox).

Before you take esomeprazole, tell your doctor if you have severe liver disease or low levels of magnesium in your blood.

Esomeprazole is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.

Some conditions are treated with a combination of esomeprazole and antibiotics. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.

Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the condition is fully treated.

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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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