Nexium (Esomeprazole)

Nexium is recommended for stomach ulcers, hyperacidity, indigestion and more. It offers immediate relief from acidity symptoms such as persistent coughing, swallowing difficulty and heartburn by reducing the levels of acid on stomach walls. Nexium has the active ingredient esomeprazole.
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Nexium (Esomeprazole)

Nexium is recommended for stomach ulcers, hyperacidity, indigestion and more. It offers immediate relief from acidity symptoms such as persistent coughing, swallowing difficulty and heartburn by reducing the levels of acid on stomach walls. Nexium has the active ingredient esomeprazole.


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Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) type of drug which contains the active ingredient esomeprazole. The medicine is useful for treating peptic ulcers, dyspepsia, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, hyperacidity, etc.

Nexium reduces the acidity level and the volume of acid produced inside the stomach. The medicine is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). PPIs block certain processes in the cell walls of the stomach. When blocked effectively, the stomach produces less acid and thus helps treat symptoms such as hyperacidity, ulcers, heartburn and more.

Nexium reduces the acid levels inside the stomach and oesophagus. Hence, it helps cure several medical conditions like:

  • hyperacidity

  • peptic ulcers

  • heartburns  

  • acid reflux 

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (known as GERD)

  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Nexium is available in the form of a capsule in strengths ranging from 10mg, 20mg and 40mg. This is a prescription-only medication which should be taken as per the doctor’s instructions for your medical condition. 

The recommended usual dosage for different medical conditions is as follows: 

  • For stomach infection or duodenal ulcer, 20mg tablets taken once a day for 4 weeks

  • For duodenal ulcer which is caused due to Helicobacter pylori bacteria, 20mg tablets taken twice a day for 10 days

  • For gastric ulcers, 40mg tablets taken once a day for 4-8 weeks

  • For GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, 20mg tablets taken once a day for 4 weeks

Swallow the medicine with a glass of water, atleast one hour before full meals.

Patients with the following conditions should use Nexium tablets with caution:  

  • Severely reduced kidney function 

  • Severely reduced liver function 

  • Osteoporosis or a risk of developing osteoporosis (This medicine may increase the chances of weak or breaking bones) 

  • Deficiency of Vitamin B12 

  • People with high blood sugar levels (the medicine contains sucrose)

The medicine should not be used by: 

  • Children and adolescents who are below the age of 18 years

  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • People who have rare heredity issues such as fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency (the drug contains sucrose)

  • People who are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine

Common side effects 

  • Headache 

  • Stomach problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, gas or stomach pain  

  • Dry mouth 

  • Dizziness or spinning sensation 

  • Drowsiness 

  • Insomnia 

  • Pins and needles sensations 

  • Skin rash, itching, hives or dermatitis 

  • Excessive fluid retention and swelling of the legs and ankles  

Nexium may have interactions with the following medicines:

  • benzodiazepines such as diazepam, lorazepam, triazolam or flurazepam

  • cilostazol

  • citalopram

  • digoxin

  • escitalopram

  • methotrexate

  • phenytoin

  • raltegravir 

  • saquinavir 

  • tacrolimus

  • blood thinners such as warfarin

Do not store Nexium tablets above 30°C. Store the medicine in its original package in order to protect it from moisture.

You can safely purchase Nexium online at MedsNow. Firstly, you will have an online consultation with one of our clinician. Post consultation, once the prescriber ensures that Nexium is the right medicine for you, your order will be supplied.

  1. Is Nexium Safe To Take Every Day? Nexium should be taken only for as long as recommended by the doctor. 

  1. Is Nexium As Good As OmeprazoleNexium (which contains esomeprazole) is known to be slightly more effective than omeprazole in controlling the symptoms of GERD. 

  1. Can Nexium Make Reflux Worse? Yes, this may happen as a rare side effect as per studies. 

  1. Can You Lay Down After Taking NexiumIt is recommended that you do not lie down as this may cause irritation inside the throat. 

  1. Does Nexium Cause Weight Gain? Yes, it is possible sometimes, it is a known side effect of the medicine.  

  1. What Happens When You Stop Taking NexiumDo not stop taking the medicine as per your own wish, do so only when recommended by the doctor. It is possible that stopping the drug suddenly may trigger a reverse ‘rebound effect’.

  1. Can Nexium Cause Liver Damage? Yes, Nexium may affect your livers. If you have existing liver problems, do consult your doctor before starting the medicine.

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