This proton pump inhibitor can be taken for a few days or weeks, and the directions of a medical professional should be followed. You may be prescribed generic Nexium for Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and gastroesophageal reflux disease, as well as to relieve and promote healing of the esophagus damaged by excessive amounts of stomach acid.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is characterized by symptoms like hiccups, cough, nausea after eating, sore throat, wheezing, difficulty swallowing and heartburn. However, heartburn should not be mistaken for a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Occasional heartburn is usually nothing to worry about because it can occur in anyone. In fact, occasional episodes of heartburn can be easily managed by adjusting the lifestyle and making certain dietary changes, which are usually best to discuss with a qualified professional.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, on the other hand, requires treatment because of the irritation in the esophagus and other possible damage. Gastroesophageal reflux, which leads to the disease, can be caused by a range or risk factors like drinking alcohol, obesity and smoking. Gastroesophageal reflux can also be significantly worsened by drugs like beta-blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, bronchodilators, calcium channel blockers, progestin, sedatives and anticholinergics.
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is another condition for which esomeprazole may be prescribed. Characterized by an increased production of gastrin and symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting blood, it's most often caused by tumors growing in the upper small intestine and pancreas. Because of the high levels of gastrin the tumors produce, there are excessive amounts of stomach acid. Nexium is a first-choice treatment for Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, helping to control the symptoms for the patient to return to normal life.
Before you start taking Nexium
You are not supposed to start Nexium treatment if you have a history of an allergic reaction to albendazole, mebendazole or actual esomeprazole, which is the active ingredient of this medicine. Your doctor needs to know if there are any important factors that will affect your treatment unless previously discussed. You will have to inform your doctor of the fact you have or used to have liver disease or your levels of blood magnesium are not normal.
Based on that information, your doctor will be able to decide which dose of esomeprazole you require and how long you will be able to take it for. You should keep in mind that although heartburn is one of the symptoms that may be eventually relieved by the use of generic Nexium, this medicine is not intended for immediate relieve of the problem occurring by itself.
For treating gastroesophageal reflux disease, generic Nexium needs to be used for up to 8 weeks. The minimal period of treatment is 4 weeks of regular use, with the patient taking a dose of 20 or 40 mg once daily. To prevent ulcers caused by using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the patient can be prescribed to take generic Nexium for up to 6 months. Nexium can be combined with clarithromycin and possibly other medications for treating H. pylori bacterial infections.
A capsule of esomeprazole should be taken an hour before having a meal. The capsule should not be opened or crushed and a full glass of water should be drunk right afterwards. There is a chance your symptoms are going to get better before you are finished with the prescribed course of the treatment. It's very important that you keep taking Nexium as expected during this period or take the entire amount of the medicine you have been prescribed.
An overdose of Nexium can occur if you take too much of it or more than you are supposed to. You are supposed to take the right amount at the right intervals. If you happened to use too much of this medicine for any reason, you may experience fast heartbeat, sweating, drowsiness, shortness of breath, nausea, headache, seizure, flushing, blurred vision, dry mouth and loss of coordination. Any of those overdose symptoms need to be discussed with a qualified healthcare professional.
Can Nexium be taken with other drugs?
Because of the way esomeprazole affects the production of stomach acid, there is a chance it will interfere with the way other drugs are working for the patient, since some of them require a certain level of acidity. The effectiveness of other drugs you are using may be reduced due to the fact you are using Nexium, which is why any such medications should be discussed in advance with a qualified professional. Your doctor should know all about other drugs you are taking, especially voriconazole, clopidogrel, digoxin, rifampin, citalopram, tacrolimus, cilostazol, methotrexate, dexamethasone, diazepam and HIV/AIDS medications, although some other ones may also lead to interactions.
Nexium FDA category
Nexium is FDA pregnancy category B, which makes it safe for the health of an unborn child. You can use esomeprazole during pregnancy safely, but you do need to let your medical professional know about it in advance. This is important in case you need another medicine that will be combined with your Nexium treatment. As for taking generic Nexium during breastfeeding, you may need to discuss this with your doctor in advance because there is not enough information on the effects it may have and whether it's absorbed into breast milk,.