Nexium for Heartburn

Nexium is a popular prescription drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. It can also be used in the treatment of ulcers, H. pylori infection, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and to help prevent gastric ulcers associated with taking NSAIDs.

The generic name for Nexium is esomeprazole, although no generic version is available for purchase. Nexium, like Prilosec, Prevaic, Aciphex, and Protonix, is classified as a proton pump inhibitor drug. PPIs block the production of acid in the stomach by blocking an enzyme in the wall of the stomach.

Esomeprazole, which was approved by the FDA in February 2001, requires a prescription. It’s available in 20 and 40 mg capsules and can also be given intravenously or in a powder for oral suspension. If taking capsules, Nexium should be taken one hour before meals and should be swallowed whole, not crushed or chewed.

Although there may be side effects associated with Nexium, it’s generally well tolerated by most patients. Potential side effects may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and rash.¬†Other side effects that occur less frequently include nervousness, abnormal heartbeat, muscle pain, weakness, leg cramps, and water retention.

Nexium may interfere with other medications, including diazepam, Nizoral, Lanoxin, Invirase, Fortovase, Viracept, and Reyataz. You should always talk to your doctor about current medications before you begin taking a new medication.

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