What is Esomeprazole (Nexium)?
Nexium using Esomeprazole is a kind of PPI or Proton Pump Inhibitor. What it does is that it reduces the acid produced by the stomach. It is used for heartburn, acid reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – GORD is when you keep getting acid reflux. It’s also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
Nexium comes as capsules, tablets, granules and as a liquid.
How to take Esomeprazole (Nexium)?
It’s usual to take esomeprazole once a day in the morning, with or without food. Swallow tablets whole with a drink of water. If you have problems swallowing tablets, you can put them in a glass of water. Stir until the tablets start to break up, then drink straight away.
Who can and can’t take Esomeprazole (Nexium)?
Esomeprazole (Nexium) can be taken by adults. Children should only have Esomeprazole if their doctor prescribes it.
Esomeprazole (Nexium) isn’t suitable for some people. To make sure that it is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
Had an allergic reaction to Esomeprazole or any other medicines in the past Liver problems A glucose, sucrose or lactose intolerance (where your body cannot absorb these types of sugars) – some capsules contain small amounts of lactose, glucose or sucrose How and when to take it You can take it with or without food.
The usual dose to treat heartburn and acid reflux is 20mg a day, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease is 20mg to 40mg a day and stomach ulcers is 20mg a day
Your doctor may suggest taking esomeprazole only when you have symptoms. This means you won’t have to take it every day. Once you feel better, you can stop taking it – often after a few days or weeks. Taking esomeprazole this way isn’t suitable for everyone. Speak to your doctor about what’s best for you.
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