Nexium
Last Edited: April 16th, 2012

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Nexium is a drug that helps reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces. The stomach produces hydrochloric acid to help a person digest their food, but sometimes the stomach either produces too much or the person has a condition where the body doesn’t protect the lining of the stomach or the esophagus from the acid the stomach produces. This can lead to ulcers in the stomach and erosion in the esophagus.

Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor, which means it blocks the enzymes that helps secrete gastric acid. Proton pump inhibitors are very effective at this. However, there’s also some indication that Nexium increases the patient’s risk of bone fractures.

Dosage

Nexium should be taken as directed on the label of he bottle, or as per the doctor’s instructions. Usually, Nexium is only taken for one to two months. The prescription might be renewed if the doctor believes that the patient needs it. Often, however, the patient feels better before the course of Nexium is over, but they should still continue to take the full course of the medication.

Doses of Nexium should be taken with 8 ounces of water, at least one hour before a meal. Nexium can come in a delayed release capsule. If the patient has trouble swallowing the capsule, it can be opened up and sprinkled on soft food like pudding, then swallowed. Nexium can also be given to a patient through a nasogastric tube. The drug should be stored in a cool and dry place, which means it probably shouldn't be stored in the medicine cabinet above the sink.

As with most drugs, the patient shouldn’t take a double dose of Nexium if they miss a dose. They should

simply take the usual dose if it’s not too close to the time for the next dose.

Side Effects

A severe allergic reaction to Nexium is a medical emergency and the patient should see a doctor or go to the emergency room at once. The symptoms would be hives and trouble breathing, especially if it’s caused by the face or the throat swelling up.

Less serious effects include headache, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, abdominal cramps, dry mouth, or excessive gas. The patient might call their doctor if they’re troubled by these symptoms. However, the patient should call a doctor right way if they have seizures, if they’re dizzy or confused, if their heart is racing or irregular, if their muscles are twitching, cramping or weakening and if they’re coughing or feeling like they’re being choked.

What Not to Take With Nexium

Nexium might be taken with antibiotics and the patient should go through the full course. However, drugs that shouldn’t be taken include atazanavir or nelfinavir. Patients should be very careful if they take Nexium with blood thinners, water pills, valium, or supplemental iron, among other drugs.

The FDA places Nexium in its B category, which means that it shouldn’t harm a fetus. But they’re not sure if it passes into breast milk, so a woman should tell her doctor if she is breastfeeding or wants to breastfeed while on Nexium.

Before starting Nexium, a patient should tell their doctor what other drugs and supplements they're on, even if those supplements are vitamins. They should also tell the doctor if they have any medical conditions, especially liver disease or osteoporosis.