Today, many people are severely suffering from gastric ulcers. Many medicines are available in the market to treat this disorder. But Nexium is considered to be the best of them. It should be consumed as directed by the physician. Nexium (Esomeprazole) capsules should be administered one hour before meals by swallowing it whole and should not be crushed or chewed. For the treatment of H. pylori 40 mg is administered once daily in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin for 10 days. 20 or 40 mg of esomeprazole is given once daily for 4-8 weeks for GERD. Follow your doctor's instructions strictly for fast recovery. Take this medicine for the full time of the course advised to you, even if you begin to feel better soon.
Esomeprazole is well-tolerated like other PPIs. The most common side effects are Vomiting, Dizziness, Diarrhea, Nausea, Headaches, Rashes, Fast Heartbeat, Fever, Hives Indigestion, Itching, Loss of Appetite, Pain in Stomach, side, or abdomen or swelling of the Eyelids or around the Eyes, possibly radiating to the back Puffiness , Face, Lips or Tongue. Even Red irritated Eyes and Red Skin Lesions often with a purple center Shortness of breath Skin rash Sore throat Sores Ulcers or white spots in mouth or on skin Tightness in chest Unusual tiredness or weakness Vomiting Wheezing Yellow eyes or lips may also be seen. Some infrequently symptoms may occur such as – Abnormal Heartbeat, Weakness, Nervousness, Joint or Muscle Pain, Leg Cramps and Water Retention. If any of the symptoms sound bothersome to you, please consult your doctor immediately.
Esomeprazole potentially can increase the concentration in blood of diazepam Valium by decreasing the elimination of diazepam in the liver. Esomeprazole may have fewer drug interactions than omeprazole.
The absorption of certain drugs may be affected by stomach acidity. Therefore esomeprazole and other PPIs that reduce stomach acid also reduce the absorption and concentration in blood of ketoconazole Nizoral and increase the absorption and concentration in blood of digoxin Lanoxin. This may lead to reduced effectiveness of ketoconazole or increased digoxin toxicity respectively.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. And, if it is almost the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue to your regular dose. Do not double your doses in any case. This may lead to some critical problems, which would be difficult to handle. So better, continue your dose next time .
Nexium Medicine should be stored in this particular way: Do not store in damn places like bathroom, or near the kitchen sink. Also, keep it away from heat and direct light. Moisture or Heat may cause the medicine to break down. Store Nexium in a tightly closed container at room temperature 15-30°C ,59-86°F. Check Expiry date without fail. Consult your health care professional to know how you should dispose of any medicines that you do not use and be sure that children are out of reach of Nexium or any discarded medicine. Contact Poison Center or Dial 911 if any problem occurs unexpectedly.
Esomeprazole is approved for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD and in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin Biaxin for the treatment of patients with ulcers and H. pylori infection.