Nexium
DESCRIPTION

This is a medication used to treat certain stomach problems as well as esophagus issues. This medication is also known as Esomeprazole. Nexium is an over-the-counter medication.

How it works

Nexium relives problems such as heartburn and persistent cough by reducing the amount of acid made by your stomach.

Uses

Nexium is mainly useful in treating stomach and esophagus problems such as acid reflux and ulcers. It is useful in reducing symptoms such as heartburn, persistent cough and difficulty swallowing. The medication is capable of healing acid damage in the stomach. It is effective in preventing ulcers too.

Dosage

Since this is an over-the-counter product, make sure to read all the details provided in the instruction leaflet. This medication must be taken once a day, by mouth. It is important to take the medication at least one hour before your meal. The dosage should be based on your medical condition and duration of the treatment. Do not increase the dosage or take Nexium more than advised.

When consuming this medication, swallow it whole. Do not crush or chew it. If you are unable to swallow the drug, you can open the capsule and sprinkle the content on a spoon. Make sure to mix the medication with unheated applesauce. Once the mixture is made, it must be consumed immediately.

If you wish to experience the full benefits of Nexium, you need to consume it on a regular basis. If you keep missing your doses, take it at the same time every day. This will help you remember. Make sure to take this medication for the entire prescribed period. Do not discontinue the treatment halfway through.

The medication usually works within 14 days. But if your condition persists or worsens, make sure to inform your physician immediately.

Side effects

Be mindful of the side effects during the entire course of the treatment. You may experience headaches or abdominal pain. It is also possible for you to experience severe side effects such as low magnesium blood levels. Symptoms of this condition are:

Irregular heartbeat
Persistent muscle spasms
Seizures

During the treatment period, it is also possible for you to develop a severe intestinal condition as a result of a certain bacteria.

You might also experience certain allergic reactions. If you experience anything out of the ordinary, inform your physician right away.

Precautions

The following precautions must be taken to ensure your personal health during the treatment period.

Before consuming this medication, inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Inform your physician if you have suffered from a liver disease in the past.
Be mindful of the dosage when giving this medication to children as they are more susceptible towards side effects such as infections.
Immediately contact your physician if the condition persists or worsens during the treatment period.

Self-care

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, make sure to use this medication when it is only necessary.

Even though it is not known whether Nexium can pass through breast milk, it has been found that similar drugs can. Therefore, it is best to avoid nursing during the treatment period.

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