Nexium is used to treat gastroesophageal
reflux disease (GERD), a condition
in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn
and injury of the esophagus (food pipe between the mouth
and stomach). Nexium is used to treat
the symptoms of GERD, allow the esophagus to heal,
and prevent further damage to the esophagus. It is also
used with other medications to prevent
stomach ulcers. Nexium is in a class of
medications called proton pump inhibitors. It works by decreasing
the amount of acid made in the stomach.
Nexium comes as a delayed-release (long-acting)
capsule to take by mouth. It is usually
taken once a day at least one hour before a meal. To help
you remember to take Nexium, take it around
the same time every day. Swallow the capsules whole; do
not split, chew, or crush them. If you cannot swallow the
capsule, put one tablespoon of cool, soft applesauce in
an empty bowl. Open one Nexium capsule
and carefully sprinkle the pellets onto the applesauce.
Mix the pellets with the applesauce, and swallow the entire
tablespoonful of the applesauce and pellet mixture immediately.
Do not chew the pellets in the applesauce. Do not save the
pellets and applesauce for later use.
Before taking Nexium, tell your doctor
if you have ever had any type of liver disease. You may
not be able to take Nexium, or you may
require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring.
Nexium is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This
means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not
take Nexium without first talking to your
doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether Nexium
passes into breast milk. Do not take Nexium
without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding
a baby. Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity
(anaphylactic) reactions have been reported in patients
on penicillin therapy. These reactions are more apt to occur
in individuals with a history of penicillin hypersensitivity
and/or a history of sensitivity to multiple allergens. Pseudo
membranous colitis has been reported with nearly all antibacterial
agents, including clarithromycin and amoxicillin, and may
range in severity from mild to life threatening. Therefore,
it is important to consider this diagnosis in patients who
present with diarrhea subsequent to the administration of
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Possible Side Effects
Nexium side effects that may go away
during treatment include headache, constipation,
cough, or diarrhea. If they continue or are bothersome,
check with your doctor. Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY
if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe
stomach pain, or coffee-ground vomit. An allergic
reaction to Nexium is unlikely, but seek
immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an
allergic reaction to Nexium include rash,
itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed
above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15 - 30°C (59 - 86°F). Keep container tightly closed. Dispense in a tight container if the product package is subdivided.
Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of Nexium
overdose include drowsiness, shortness of breath, tremor,
loss of coordination, and seizures.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with
Nexium. Notify your pharmacist or doctor of all
prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are
taking. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking
any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
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