Proton pump inhibitors are a class of drugs commonly used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. They work to reduce the production of acid in the stomach, which reduces the risk of acid reflux and heartburn. Nexium, also know by the generic name esomeprazole, is one medication in this class.
Nexium is prescribed for the treatment of:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
- erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid)
This medication may also be prescribed to prevent gastric ulcers caused by the H. pylori bacteria or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Nexium is not intended to be used for immediate relief of heartburn and acid reflux.
Nexium should be taken with a full glass of water at least one hour before a meal. It usually prescribed for 4 to 8 weeks at a time and should be taken in the dosage recommended by your doctor.
Side effects of Nexium may include:
- headache, drowsiness
- nausea, stomach pain, gas, constipation
- dry mouth
Is Nexium safe?
You should not take Nexium if you are allergic to esomeprazole or benzimidazole. Talk to your doctor before taking Nexium if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a history of osteoporosis.