- Treats Heartburn, Acid Reflux And Indigestion
- Active Ingredient: Esomeprazole Magnesium Trihydrate
- Reduces Excess Acid Produced By The Stomach
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Includes Free Prescription
£9.99 – £26.99
What is Esomeprazole?
Esomeprazole is a medication that is often referred to as a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). PPIs work by reducing the amount of acid that is produced in the stomach and alleviating the symptoms associated with this. It is used for conditions such as heartburn and acid reflux and is also used for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) which is a persistent form of acid reflux. In addition to acid reflux, Esomeprazole can be used to treat stomach ulcers. The medication comes in the form of capsules, tablets, granules and can also be taken as a liquid.
How to take Esomeprazole?
The best time to take esomeprazole is in the morning, where one tablet can be taken with or without food.
Swallow the tablets with a drink of water however if you have problems swallowing the whole tablet you can put them in your drink, ensuring it is dissolved/broken up and then drinking straight away.
Who can and can’t take Esomeprazole?
This product is suitable for adults and should only be given to children if their doctor has prescribed this.
Please note that is this medication is not suitable for everyone and you should consult your doctor if you have had any of the following:
- An allergic reaction to this product or any other medications in the past
- Liver problems
- A glucose, sucrose or lactose intolerance (where your body is unable to absorb these forms of sugar) as the capsules can contain small amounts of any of these sugars.
For Heartburn and Acid Reflux- 20mg per day
For gastro-oesophageal reflux disease- 20mg to 40mg per day
For stomach ulcers- 20mg per day
Your doctor may recommend only taking esomeprazole when you have symptoms, and this means you may not need to take this each day.
When your symptoms have subsided, you can stop taking the medication, the time this will take can range from days to week.
Please note that esomeprazole is not suitable for everyone so consult your doctor first for the best option for your symptoms.
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Acid Reflux is when some of the acid content of the stomach flows up into the esophagus (throat), which moves food down from the mouth. If the condition persists it is called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
The main symptoms of acid reflux include:
- Heartburn – this is a burning sensation in the middle of the chest. You can also experience an unpleasant, sour taste in the mouth which is due to the excess stomach acid.
- Recurring coughs or hiccups
- Bad Breath
- A hoarse voice
- Bloating and feeling sick
(These symptoms are often worse after eating, when lying down and when bending over).
The actual cause of Acid Reflux is not entirely clear, it is a condition that can often form without any clear cause. However, there are certain factors that can trigger this and make your symptoms worse which include:
- Types of food and drink- coffee, alcohol, chocolate, fatty or spicy foods can increase acid production
- Being overweight
- Certain medicines- anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen
- A Hiatus Hernia- this is where part of your stomach moves up into your chest
Whilst it is still possible to suffer with Acid Reflux at any time, there are simple lifestyle changes that you can make to stop or help reduce heartburn occurring:
- Try eating smaller, more frequent meals. Avoid eating within 3 or 4 hours before bed
- To prevent stomach acid travelling upwards to your throat, you can try raising one end of your bed by 10-20cm (by putting something under the bed or mattress). This will ensure your head and chest are above the level of your waist
- If you are overweight, try to reduce this to alleviate your symptoms
- Try to find time in your life to relax and take care of yourself and body
- Avoid food or drink that has a negative impact on your body and triggers your symptoms
- Do not wear clothes that feel restrictive and feel tight around your waist
- Try not to drink too much alcohol
- Ensure that you do not stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to a doctor first
If you are experiencing recurring heartburn, you can speak to your pharmacist first who will be able to advise you about heartburn and acid reflux and can recommend medicines to ease your discomfort and symptoms such as antacids.
These medicines are more effective and best taken either with food or soon after your meal as this is when you will prone to experiencing heartburn.
If you are still experiencing symptoms of acid reflux despite lifestyle changes and pharmacy medicines, please consult your GP. It is also advisable to see your GP if you are also experiencing the following:
- Heartburn symptoms most days which lasts three weeks or more
- You are experiencing food getting stuck in your throats
- Frequently being sick
- Losing weight for no reason
Your GP will be able to provide stronger treatments and help dismiss any more serious potential causes of your symptoms.
Common side effects
Common side effects may happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or don’t go away:
Headaches Diarrhoea Feeling sick or being sick (nausea or vomiting) Constipation Stomach pain or wind
Serious side effects
Serious side effects happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people. Call a doctor straight away if you have:
Joint pain and abnormal changes in your skin, especially in parts of your body exposed to the sun, such as a red, raised rash on your arms that can spread, blisters, or a red rash on your cheeks and nose. These can be signs of a rare condition called subacute cutaneous lupus Erythematosus that can happen weeks to years after taking Esomeprazole.
Reddening, blisters and peeling of the skin. There may also be severe blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals. These could be signs of a rare reaction to the medicine Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Yellow skin, dark pee and tiredness. These can be signs of liver problems. Serious allergic reaction In rare cases, it’s possible to have a serious allergic reaction to Esomeprazole.
A serious allergic reaction is an emergency. Contact a doctor straight away if you think you or someone around you is having a serious allergic reaction.
The warning signs of a serious allergic reaction are:
Getting a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin Wheezing Tightness in the chest or throat Having trouble breathing or talking Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat
These are not all the side effects of Esomeprazole. For a full list see thePatient information leaflet.
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