Esomeprazole is a generic drug used to treat certain conditions where there is too much acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition where the acid in the stomach washes back up into the esophagus.
Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
Nexium contains a medicine called esomeprazole. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘proton pump inhibitors’. They work by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces.
Swallow your tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not chew or crush the tablets. This is because the tablets contain coated pellets which stop the medicine from being broken down by the acid in your stomach. It is important not to damage the pellets.
- You can take your tablets at any time of the day.
- You can take your tablets with food or on an empty stomach.
Nexium is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
You can take your tablets at any time of the day.
You can take your tablets with food or on an empty stomach.
Swallow your tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not chew or crush the tablets. This
is because the tablets contain coated pellets which stop the medicine from being broken down by the acid in your stomach. It is important not to damage the pellets.
If you have trouble swallowing the tablets:
- Put them into a glass of still (non-fizzy) water. Do not use any other liquids.
- Stir until the tablets break up (the mixture will not be clear). Then drink the mixture
straight away or within 30 minutes. Always stir the mixture just before drinking it.
- To make sure that you have drunk all of the medicine, rinse the glass very well with half
a glass of water and drink it. The solid pieces contain the medicine - do not chew or
If you cannot swallow at all, the tablet can be mixed with some water and put into a
syringe. It can then be given to you through a tube directly into your stomach (‘gastric tube’).
If you take more Nexium than prescribed by your doctor, talk to your doctor or pharmacist straight away.
If you forget to take Nexium
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose.
Do not take a double dose (two doses at the same time) to make up for a forgotten dose.
Other side effects include:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
Effects on your stomach or gut: diarrhoea, stomach pain, constipation, wind (flatulence).
Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Atazanavir (used to treat HIV).
Clopidogrel (used to prevent blood clots).
Ketoconazole, itraconazole or voriconazole (used to treat infections caused by a fungus).
Erlotinib (used to treat cancer).
Citalopram, imipramine or clomipramine (used to treat depression).
Diazepam (used to treat anxiety, relax muscles or in epilepsy).
Phenytoin (used in epilepsy). If you are taking phenytoin, your doctor will need to
monitor you when you start or stop taking Nexium.
Medicines that are used to thin your blood, such as warfarin. Your doctor may need to
monitor you when you start or stop taking Nexium.
Cilostazol (used to treat intermittent claudication – a pain in your legs when you walk which is caused by an insufficient blood supply).
Cisapride (used for indigestion and heartburn).
Digoxin (used for heart problems).
Methotrexate (a chemotherapy medicine used in high doses to treat cancer) – if you are
taking a high dose of methotrexate, your doctor may temporarily stop your Nexium
Tacrolimus (organ transplantation).
Rifampicin (used for treatment of tuberculosis).
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) (used to treat depression).
If your doctor has prescribed the antibiotics amoxicillin and clarithromycin as well as Nexium to treat ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking.
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