Esomeprazole, generic for Nexium
Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach.
Esomeprazole is used for:
Esomeprazole is used to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and other similar conditions caused by an excess of stomach acid. Esomeprazole also helps with healing of erosive esophagitis. It can also be used in combination with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori. Esomeprazole does not give immediate relief for heartburn symptoms.
How to use Esomeprazole:
Before using Esomeprazole, be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medicine. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.
Consider the following before using Esomeprazole:
Discuss any unusual or allergic reactions to Esomeprazole or any other medications with your doctor. You should also make your physician aware of any other allergies you may have to things such as food, allergies to dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Studies performed to date have not identified any pediatric specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Esomeprazole in children. Although, safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 1 month of age.
Studies performed to date have not proven any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the effectiveness of Esomeprazole in the elderly.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
No adequate studies have been done to date to determine the safety and efficacy of Esomeprazole in woman who are pregnant. Consult your doctor to discuss possible risks and benefits of taking this medication during pregnancy. No adequate studies have been performed in woman to determine infant risk for using Esomeprazole while breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor before using this medication while breastfeeding.
Other Medical Issues
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Esomeprazole if you have other medical conditions, especially:
- Liver disease
Instructions for use:
Use Esomeprazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Esomeprazole capsules should be taken at least one hour before a meal, preferably in the morning, with 8 ounces of water.
- Esomeprazole capsules and tablets are swallowed whole.
- Esomeprazole is typically give for 4 to 8 weeks only. Consult your doctor about how long you should take this medication.
- If you’re taking Esomeprazole to treat an ulcer caused by H. Pylori, take it in conjunction with the antibiotics at the same time of day.
- If you missed a dose take one as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. In this case wait to take your next dose at the regular time.
- Do not take an extra dose to make up for a mixed one.
Esomeprazole Side Effects:
Side effects can exist in all medications, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If any of these common side effects persist or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Common Esomeprazole Side Effects
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
Major Side Effects
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Esomeprazole.
- Rash or Hives
- Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, or lower legs
- Chest pain
- Fast heartbeat
Prices are for prescriptions for 30 capsules of 40 mg:
Esomeprazole Drug Images:
Esomeprazole 20 mg capsule
Esomeprazole 40 mg capsule
Esomeprazole 40 mg capsule
Esomeprazole 40 MG DR Capsule
Omeprazole (generic for Prilosec)
Famotidine (generic for Pepcid)
Pantoprazole (generic for Protonix)
Esomeprazole Patent Information:
Generic drugs don’t require patents, only brand name drugs do. Nexium’s patent exclusivity officially expired in May 2014.
Before taking Esomeprazole, discuss any allergies you may have with your doctor. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which could possibly cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, before taking Esomeprazole. Inform them especially of: liver disease, lupus.
It is possible that older adults may be at a higher risk for bone fracture in wrist, hip, and spine. Although it is not clear whether Esomeprazole is the actual cause of the increased risk of fractures.
This medication should only be used during pregnancy if explicitly necessary.
It is unknown if Esomeprazole passes into breast milk. The effects of Esomeprazole on a nursing infant are currently unknown. Consult your doctor to discuss possible risks and benefits of using Esomeprazole before breast feeding.
If Overdose of Esomeprazole is Suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.
Proper storage of Esomeprazole:
Esomeprazole should be store at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Esomeprazole out of the reach of children and away from pets.
The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.