Nexium reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach and reduces the symptoms caused by the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. It also cures the damage caused by reflux disease.
Nexium should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is recommended that you take it one hour prior to the meal. If you have trouble swallowing
You should try and take your doses on time taking care not to miss any. But if you do miss a dose, then skip it and continue with your regular dose. But do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature.
Confusion, drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, nausea and sweating are some typical symptoms of a Nexium overdose. Seek medical attention if you suspect an overdose.
The drug may cause light-headedness, dizziness, and faintness in some people. Do not consume alcohol along with the drug. Do not drive or handle heavy machinery until you know how to react to the drug.
Do not use Nexium if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Nexium or to similar medicines (e.g., omeprazole);
you are taking an HIV protease inhibitor (e.g., atazanavir).
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Nexium may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Nexium with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.
Nexium may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Esomeprazole.
Nexium should be used with caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients.
Nexium should be used with extreme caution in children; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Nexium while you are pregnant. It is not known if Nexium is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Nexium.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
constipation; diarrhea; dry mouth; gas; headache; nausea; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; stomach pain.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; fast heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness.
Nexium is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.