- Used to treat acid reflux and heartburn
- Provides up to 24 hours of relief
- Branded version of Esomeprazole
Nexium, the brand name of generic esomeprazole, is a drug which is used to help reduce the production of stomach acid to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and indigestion
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What is Nexium?
Nexium is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. This medication helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. Nexium belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
Nexium is a PPI medication. It is a class of drug that is known as proton pump inhibitors. This medicine reduces acid in the stomach and is commonly used for the treatment of indigestion, acid reflux, and heartburn. Nexium is widely taken to treat stomach ulcers to treat stomach ulcers too.
How does Nexium work?
Nexium works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach produces. It does this by blocking a system in the cells of your stomach called the proton pump. The proton pump works in the final step of acid production. When the proton pump is blocked, your stomach makes less acid. This can help decrease your symptoms.
Nexium works by effectively reducing the level of acidity and the amount of acid produced inside the stomach. It works by blocking certain systems in the cell walls of the stomach refer to as proton pump. The process impacts the final stages of acid production. Whenever the proton pump is effectively blocked, the stomach creates less acid. This helps acid reflux, hyperacidity, and certain ulcers.
Nexium 20mg Tablets
How do I use Nexium?
Take Nexium medication by mouth. Swallow the capsule as a whole, do not break, crush, or chew the medication. Take the medication as directed by your physician, often once a day for at least one hour before a full meal. The Esomeprazole dosage and treatment will vary depending on your health condition as well as your treatment response. Do not attempt to take more or less of the drug, use it as directed by your prescriber or as indicated in the product information leaflet. If you must take antacids together with this medication, allow at least 30 minutes interval before taking another medication.
For stomach infection or duodenal ulcer of patients aged 18 years and older, take 20 milligrams Esomeprazole once a day for 4 weeks.
For duodenal ulcer caused by helicobacter pylori infection of patients aged 18 years and older, take 20 milligrams twice a day for 10 days.
For gastric ulcer of patients aged 18 years and older, take 40 milligrams once a day for 4-8 weeks of treatment.
For GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease of patients aged 18 years and older, take 20 milligrams Esomeprazole e once a day for 4 weeks.
What is Acid Reflux?
It is the movement of the stomach contents up the oesophagus or gullet. Often causing an uncomfortable or burning sensation behind the breastbone.
In more serious or left untreated, Stomach contents can be regurgitated into the mouth affecting the teeth, gums and causing bad breath.
Sometimes the regurgitated fluid can enter the airways and exacerbate or make asthma worse.
What causes Acid Reflux?
The stomach has a small circular piece of muscle at the top, called the cardiac or lower oesophageal sphincter.
This stops the stomach contents from travelling back up the oesophagus or gullet.
When this muscle becomes weakened, the stomach contents can travel up and cause symptoms like heartburn, bad breath and the feeling of being sick.
Is Acid Reflux common?
It is very common and 60% of people will have reflux or similar symptoms in a 12-month period.
In the same period, 20-30% of people will have symptoms on a weekly basis.
What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux?
The movement of acid can give the following symptoms
- Burning feeling behind the breastbone
- Feeling sick
- Being sick
- Bad breath
- Tooth and gum problems
- Worsening of asthma
What can make Acid Reflux worse?
The following can make acid reflux worse.
- Being overweight or obese
- Eating spicy food,
- Large meal sizes
- Late night Eating, within 2 hours of going to sleep
- Tight Clothing
- Certain medicines for blood pressure like Calcium channel blockers, medicines for angina like glyceryl trinitrate and painkillers like ibuprofen, diclofenac and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
How do I choose the correct treatment for Acid Reflux?
There are different categories of treatment and their uses and explanations are listed below.
Generally, patients should start with antacids and then make their way down the list if treatment does not control their symptoms.
1. Antacids – the first line treatment. These help neutralise stomach acid to relieve symptoms. The effects usually last for 2-3 hours. Examples of antacids include Rennie, Enos, Andrews Salts, and Tums. They contain ingredients like calcium carbonate, which neutralizes stomach acid, but too much calcium taken regularly can make acid reflux worse. Only be for occasional or infrequent use.
2. Alginates – neutralize and form a layer on the top of stomach acid, which prevents upward movement. Are available in tablet and liquid forms. Liquids act quicker but are more inconvenient to carry around. Usually, these last no more than 3-4 hours.
Alginates are made up of calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate or aluminum salts. Too much calcium taken frequently can cause stomach acid to worsen, so should only be used infrequently. Excessive magnesium salts can cause diarrhoea and too much aluminum salts can cause constipation.
Always check with pharmacist, as alginates can interact with other medication. Examples include Gaviscon, Gaviscon Advance, and Peptac.
3. H2 Receptor Antagonists – available as tablets. They reduce the production of stomach acid and were initially introduced on prescription, before being available to buy from pharmacies. They start to work in as little as 30 minutes and their effects can last for up to 12 hours. They are well tolerated and side effects are rare. They can include diarrhoea, tiredness, rashes, and constipation. Examples include Ranitidine, Zantac, Gavilast, Cimetidine, and Pepcid AC.
4. Proton Pump Inhibitors – or PPIs for short, are the latest medicine for controlling acid reflux and other stomach symptoms. They work by reducing the stomach acid, but are more effective and last longer. Effects can be seen up to 17 hours after the dose is taken. They come in tablet or capsule forms, be should be swallowed whole (Losec Tablets can be crushed if needed). PPIs are very well tolerated, with low incidence of side effects. Usually, unwanted effects include diarrhoea, constipation, drowsiness. Examples include Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, Losec and Esomeprazole.
Nexium Side Effects
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking esomeprazole.
Common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
There are some rare yet severe side effects associated with esomeprazole. You should seek medical attention if you experience joint pain along with a red skin rash, especially in parts of your body exposed to the sun, such as your arms, cheeks and nose.