Nexium (esomeprazole): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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(Last Updated On: September 6, 2017)

Nexium (esomeprazole) works by decreasing the level of acid produced in the stomach and it is a proton-pump inhibitor. It is commonly used to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and also Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It is also used to heal the erosive esophagitis.

It is also prescribed to prevent gastric ulcer due to helicobacter pylori and it is known for giving immediate relief from heartburn.

Information about Nexium:

This medicine should be used as exactly how the doctor has prescribed and it is must for the patient to follow the directions written on the prescription label. It should not be used in small or large doses and also not for longer duration than prescribed. This medicine should be taken for only 4-8 weeks and if any extension is required then consult your doctor.

Do not crush or chew the tablets or capsules. Do not swallow the tablets or medicine rather consume it with a full glass of water.

It is reported that this medicine is allergic to the drugs like omeprazole and lansoprazole. Taking this medicine along with the drugs like proton pump inhibitors can cause the bone fracture in the hip, wrist, and spine.

Dosage pattern of Nexium:

Adult dose

For Erosive esophagitis:

The recommended dose is 20-40 mg given once in a day by intravenously and the dose impairment is not needed for mild to moderate liver impairment.

For Pediatric patient:

The dosage for children is based on their age and body weight.

If the children’s body weight is about: 55 kg then the dosage of 10 mg can be given.

If the children’s body weight is about: 55 kg or greater then the dosage of 20 mg can be given.

Infants of 1 month to less than 1 year of age : then 0.5 mg/kg can be given.

It is highly recommended to consult your doctor before giving any medicine to your infants or children.

For Gastric or duodenal ulcer: in adults

The minimum dose is about 80 mg administered intravenously followed by the 30 min infusion of 8 mg/h for the total duration of 72 hrs.

For Nexium overdose:

The overdose of Nexium is fatal, immediate consultation to the doctor is must if any of the following side effects ree seen or experienced.

Nexium side effects:

Following are the side effects caused by this medication. It is must to consult your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms are seen.

Severity: major

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breathe
  • Skin rash
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Trembling

Severity: minor

  • Passing gas
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in vision
  • Change in taste
  • Hearing loss
  • Hiccup
  • slow heartbeat
  • hair loss
  • swelling of breast both females and males

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