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More information about Nexium (esomeprazole)
Nexium is a medication that reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is also available as a generic medication, going by the name of its active ingredient, esomeprazole.
It is used to effectively treat several conditions relating to the overproduction of acid, including:
In addition to treating the above conditions, Nexium also eases many of their symptoms, such as heartburn.
Nexium contains the active ingredient esomeprazole - a type of medicine known as a proton pump inhibitor.
The cells lining the stomach contain proton pumps, which work to produce the stomach acid that is an essential part of the body's digestive process. Esomeprazole inhibits the action of these proton pumps, reducing acid production and preventing the overflow into the oesophagus (food pipe).
This alleviates symptoms such as heartburn, burning sensations in the throat and unpleasant tastes.
Nexium (esomeprazole) is available from HealthExpress as 40mg tablets.
A full list of instructions will be detailed in your patient leaflet, however, a summary is below:
Side effects that have been commonly reported include:
If you find any of the above distressing or long-lasting, you should consult your doctor.
You should stop treatment immediately and seek immediate medical help if you suspect you are suffering an allergic reaction.
This medicine is only available with a valid prescription from your doctor. You must not share your medicine, and it should only be used to treat a diagnosed condition.
Nexium may interact with some other medicines. You should inform your doctor of all treatments you are currently taking and have taken in the past. You should also detail these in your HealthExpress consultation.
If you are taking anti-HIV medicines, such as rilpivirine or nelfinavir, you should not start a course of Nexium. This is because the esomeprazole in the tablets can decrease the effectiveness of anti-HIV drugs.
As Nexium contains sucrose, you must not take them if you have sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption, or other rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance.
This medicine should be used with caution if you have severely decreased liver or kidney function, osteoporosis or a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Taking a proton pump inhibitor medicine for more than 3 months can cause blood levels of magnesium to fall, which can lead to muscle twitching, dizziness, fatigue and increased heart rate. If you experience any of these symptoms, tell your doctor, as they may need to monitor your magnesium levels.
If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or a nursing mother, you should consult your doctor before starting this treatment.
You should not take Nexium if you are allergic to esomeprazole, proton pump inhibitors or any of its other ingredients.
You can buy prescription medication from HealthExpress once you have completed an online consultation. You should detail your medical history, including any treatments you have previously taken/are taking. Our doctors will use this information to determine whether this medication is suitable for your use.
We offer free next-day delivery and nominated-day delivery, so you can choose when and where you want your order delivered.
|Product name||Nexium (Esomeprazole)|
|Description||Nexium is a medication prescribed for the relief of symptoms of acid reflux|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Available dosage(s)||40 mg|
|Application||Adults suffering from acid reflux|
|Usage||Consult patient leaflet|
|Drug class||Proton-pump inhibitor|
|Alcohol consumption||Avoid alcohol consumption|
|Breastfeeding/pregnancy||Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives|
Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.
Esomeprazole (Nexium) is used to treat symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid such as stomach ulcers.
Yes, Nexium contains Esomeprazole which is a PPI (proton pump inhibitor).
Omeprazole and Esomeprazole (Nexium) work in a similar way as they are both PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), but they are different medicines.
Yes, the generic alternative is the name of the active ingredient Esomeprazole.
A lower dose of Nexium (20mg) is available over the counter under the brand name Nexium Control. Nexium 40mg, however, is not available without a valid prescription.
You must not stop taking Nexium unless you have been told to do so by your doctor.
Whilst Nexium is generally safe during pregnancy, you should always consult your doctor before taking it.
The only medicines that cannot be taken with Nexium are medicines containing Nelfinavir which are usually used to treat HIV. However, you should always notify your prescriber on all the medicines you take to ensure it is completely safe for you to take. For a full list of potential drug interactions, please refer to the patient information leaflet.
You can take Nexium with or without food.
Yes, you can take Paracetamol with Nexium. You should, however, avoid NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Ibuprofen as they can make acid reflux symptoms worse.
You should avoid taking turmeric or curcumin supplements whilst on Nexium, as this can increase stomach acid production.
Yes, it should be safe to take Nexium with your regular blood pressure medicine.
Yes, Nexium can cause gas and bloating. However, these side effects tend to be mild and go away on their own once the body adjusts to the medication. If you experience persistent and severe gas or bloating, consult your healthcare provider.
Muscle or joint pain is a relatively rare side effect of Nexium. If you are experience persistent or severe back pain, consult your doctor.
No, Nexium does not contain calcium.
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