Nexium medication is used for treating Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The drug can also help to prevent further damage to the esophagus. In combination with certain antibiotics, Nexium is prescribed for treating duodenal ulcers and Helicobacter pylori infection.
Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor, which works by decreasing the quantity of acid produced in the stomach.
The recommended dosage is one capsule daily. The drug should have to be taken at least an hour before food. Care should be taken that the drug is not crushed, broken or chewed. You should only swallow the drug and if there is any difficulty in swallowing, open the capsule and take the granules in applesauce.
Always make it a point to take the correct dosage as prescribed by your doctor. Do not go for larger doses and also do not take the drug for prolonged periods unless your doctor says. Coming to the dosage, always take care that the drug is taken at the same time every day. If a dose is missed, you have to take it when you remember it. In case it is time for your scheduled dosage, just leave the missed one. You should never take two doses at the same time. You may need immediate medical attention if you take an overdose of the drug. Some of the signs of overdose are headache, blurred vision, drowsiness, sweating, fast heartbeat, dry mouth, shortness of breath, flushing, tremor and seizure.
Well, you should have to tell your doctor about all your health conditions before he prescribes the drug. You should have to tell him if you are allergic to any medicine, food or any substance, including the ingredients of Nexium. You will not be given Nexium if you are allergic to prilosec, benzimidazole and esomeprazole medications.
Never hesitate to inform your doctor if you have any serious health problems such as liver diseases or heart failures. Though it is not known if Nexium causes harm to the unborn, pregnant women and those who hope to get pregnant should only go for the drug after discussing all the risks and complications with your doctor. As the drug is traced in breast milk, it is better not to feed the babe while taking Nexium.
Nexium may also interact with certain medicines. Therefore, you have to tell your doctor about all the medications that you are taking, especially if you are taking clopidogrel, digoxin, diazepam, ketoconazole and HIV or AIDS medication like atazanavir, nelfinavir and saquinavir. If you are using any of these medicines, your doctor may go for dosage adjustments and also request frequent lab tests.
As like other medicines, Nexium also comes with many side effects. Some of the lesser-known side effects include headache, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation and dry mouth. These side effects go away in a few hours. Well, if you come across certain allergic reactions like hives, breathing difficulty and swelling, you should have to immediately take an appointment with your doctor.