How nice would it be to just take a pill in the morning and not have to worry about heartburn for the rest of the day? For people who suffer from heartburn two or more times a week, there is a way to find relief, that relief is Nexium. Nexium is a prescription medication and is safe and effective for people ages 12 and up.
Nexium is used to treat the signs and symptoms of acid reflux disease, better known as Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. For many, Nexium provides relief for up to 24 hours with just one dose. Nexium also helps to control other conditions that are caused due to increased stomach acids, and assists with healing the lining of the esophagus, which can become worn down when it comes into regular contact with stomach acids.
Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor that helps to reduce the amount of stomach acid by temporarily turning off some of the acid producing pumps in the stomach. By reducing the amount of acid in the stomach, Nexium also allows the esophagus to heal, by stopping erosion and tissue damage that is caused by acid contact.
Nexium capsules should be taken orally approximately one hour before a meal with a full glass of water. Typically, Nexium is only taken once a day, but can provide up to 24 hours of relief. Individual results may vary. It is important to continue to take Nexium regularly until the prescription is finished to experience the best results. Nexium is typically taken for 4 to 8 weeks, after which your doctor may evaluate you to determine whether a second course of treatment is necessary.
For people who suffer from the pain and burning associated with acid reflux and GERD, relief is the most important benefit of taking Nexium. Just one convenient dose controls acid for up to 24 hours, and there is no need to avoid food or beverages.
Side effects of Nexium are generally mild, and may include headache, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, gas or dry mouth. Other side-effects are possible, but unlikely. You should consult with your local primary care physician if you experience any uncommon side-effects or experience side effects that are indicative of an allergic reaction.
Anyone who is allergic to esomeprazole or taking other medications should check with a doctor prior to taking Nexium. Medications that may affect Nexium include: Reyataz, Digoxin, Diazepam, Ketoconazole, Iron medications, or blood thinners. You should be sure to tell your doctor if you have experienced any type of liver disease prior to beginning treatment with Nexium. Women who are breastfeeding and individuals who have experienced any type of liver disease should consult a physician prior to taking Nexium.