Useful Info about Nexium
Nexium or esomeprazole is one of the proton pump inhibitordrugs (or PPIs). It works by inhibiting an enzyme in the stomach, thus reducingproduction of stomach acid.
This medication is therefore found to be very efficient forthe treatment of medical conditions such as: GERD (gastroesophageal refluxdisease) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (which include excess level of gastricacid). For the people treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or Aspirin, doctor might also prescribe Nexium, becausethere is a possibility to develop gastric ulcers. Stomach ulcers caused by theinfection of bacterium Helicobacter pylori might also be prevented if thepatient is taking Nexium. Erosive esophagitis is the condition in which stomachacid causes damage to the esophagus, and this condition is also one of the indicationsfor the use of Nexium.
How to Use Nexium
This drug should be used exactly as your doctor prescribed itto you. Don’t use more or less of the medication and never prolong or shortenthe treatment, without prior consultation with your doctor. It is very importantto use Nexium for the time it was prescribed to you, although you might be feelingbetter after a while. Your symptoms may have disappeared, but Nexium should betaken as recommended by your doctor, to cure the medical condition.
Usually, Nexium is prescribed to be used for 4 to 8weeks, and some cases need a second course of treatment. Each dose is to betaken with a glass of water, at least one hour before the meal.
There are also some delayed-release capsules of Nexium, andthese can be sprinkled over some applesauce of pudding and swallowed without chewing.If you can’t swallow a capsule that’s the way you can use Nexium capsules. However,do not save the mixture for later and throw away empty capsule. Additionally, Nexiumcan be given through nasogastric feeding tube, using a 60ml syringe and 50ml ofwater.
Possible Adverse Effects
Nexium might increase the risk of bone fractures in peopleover 50 years of age, or those using the drug for a long period of time.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding moms should not take thisdrug without consultation with their doctor. Nexium is in the B category of theFDA pregnancy list, meaning that it is not expected to harm unborn child, butit is not known if it passes into breast milk.
Overdose of Nexium could cause headache, drowsiness, confusion,vision problems, sweating and flushing. Shortness of breath, coordination difficultiesand seizures can also be expected in these patients. Call emergency or thePoison Help line if you experience these symptoms.
Nexium should not be used by people allergic tobenzimidazole drugs, such as esomeprazole, albendazole or mebendazole. Patientswith serious liver problems usually need to take adjusted dose or have somespecial tests to use the drug safely.
In some cases symptoms of the heartburn might be mistakenfor heart attack. If you experience chest pain, spreading to your arm or theshoulder, sweating and nausea, you should call for urgent medical help.