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Esomeprazole, or Nexium, is used for specific types of esophagus and stomach problems. It is most generally used for ulcers or reflux. It relieves symptoms by reducing the amount of acid made by the stomach. This helps alleviate uncomfortable symptoms such as heartburn, coughing and difficulty swallowing. By inhibiting these symptoms is allows the esophagus and stomach to heal properly and can help prevent ulcers from occurring. Its proper drug classification is a proton pump inhibitor.
This medication is taken by mouth and should be taken at least one hour before eating a meal. It is important to swallow the capsule whole and not to crush or chew it. IF you cannot swallow it whole, the capsule can be opened and the contents sprinkled into some applesauce. Swallow the applesauce without chewing. Make sure that you mix it and then eat it right away with no delay or the drug may not be effective.
The most common side effects associated with this pharmaceutical product are a headache or abdominal pain. These are not serious side effects, but if they get worse, be sure to discuss them with the prescribing doctor.
There are some rare, but serious side effects that are possible when taking this medication. Inform the doctor immediately if you experience side effects such as seizures, irregular heartbeat (too fast, too slow or palpitations) or muscle spasms that persist.
It is important to inform your doctor if you have ever had any types of liver disease before taking this medication. This type of drug can put patients at a higher risk for having a bone fracture, especially for older adults. Taking calcium and vitamin D can help prevent bone fractures or bone loss.
Also inform the doctor if you are taking any other medications as some can interact with Nexium.