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Side effects of Nexium

It is important to note when taking medication that all medicines can have potential side effects depend on the body of each individual person and how it reacts with the medication.

The most important thing that needs to be remembered in all cases is that a doctor must be notified and consulted before taking any kind of medication, even in cases of over-the-counter treatments. Nexium is a medication that has been approved for the relief of heartburn and other symptoms that are commonly associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

It is also used to heal erosive esophagitis, which is a serious condition that is often associated with GERD. Over 25 million people experience heartburn daily and some symptoms of the condition include a sour taste in the mouth or difficulty swallowing because of the stomach acid that is backed up in the esophagus. Nexium is also used to maintain the healing of erosive esophagitis and when combined with drugs such as amoxicillin and clarithromcin, is can get rid of infections for people who have duodenal ulcer disease. Erosive esophagitis occurs when acid reflux damages the lining of the esophagus.

The condition leads to a narrowing of the esophagus. Some of the most common side effects caused by Nexium include constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, gas, headaches, nausea, and stomach pain.

Severe allergic reactions are also possible, includes things such as rashes, hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, dark urine, fast heartbeat; fever or chills.

In some cases Nexium also causes a persistent sore throat, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin, severe stomach pains, unusual bruising or bleeding,  tiredness or a jaundice-like yellowing of the eyes or skin.

Clinical trials were done to assess the safety of Nexium and a total of 15,000 patients were evaluated. There were four separate trial organized for safety in the treatment of erosive esophagitis. The most common reoccurring side effects in these trials were headaches and diarrhea.

Some other symptoms and side effects noticed in a significant group of people in the clinical trials included nausea, flatulence, abdominal pain, and constipation among patients taking Nexium or Omeprazole.

According to the clinical trials, increases in the bodies of the subject were found in the amount of creatinine, uric acid, total bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, hemoglobin, white blood cell count, platelets, serum gastrin, potassium, sodium, thyroxine and thyroid stimulating hormones in many of the patients. There were also decreases noted in hemoglobin, white blood cell count, platelets, potassium, sodium, and thyroxine.

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