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Nexium

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Nexium 40mg DR Cap
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Pill Identification: 40mg 
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Nexium 20mg DR Cap
AstraZeneca LP
Pill Identification: 20mg 
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Nexium 10mg DR Pwd for Susp
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Nexium 40mg DR Pwd for Susp
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Overview Information on Nexium
Pharmacist Tip
If you have trouble swallowing capsules, open a delayed-response capsule and sprinkle it onto pudding or applesauce to make it easier to swallow. Swallow it without chewing.     
Nexium® is the brand name for esomeprazole. Nexium belongs to a group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors. Your doctor may have prescribed Nexium for you to lower the amount of acid in your stomach. Nexium works to heal tissue damage in your esophagus and ulcers in your stomach. If your doctor has told you that you have Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, your doctor may have you take Nexium to keep your stomach acid low.

Some people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) take Nexium to protect their stomachs from getting ulcers. If you have stomach ulcers that are caused by bacteria, your doctor may prescribe Nexium to heal your stomach in combination with an antibiotic to kill the infection.

Nexium is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can cause to you to have a burning feeling in your chest or throat (also known as heartburn), a sour taste in your mouth, or burping. Patients sometimes confuse heartburn from GERD with early symptoms of a heart attack. Chest pain along with pain spreading to the shoulders or arms, nausea, and/or sweating may mean you are having a heart attack. If these are your symptoms, get immediate medical help. It is important to learn the difference between heartburn caused from too much stomach acid and chest pain caused from heart problems.

Nexium works by blocking the acid-producing cells in your stomach from making acid. When there is less acid in your stomach, your body can heal the erosion, ulcers, and inflammation caused by too much acid. Your doctor will have you take Nexium for as long as necessary to make your condition better.

Nexium may be prescribed to adults and children as young as 1 year old. Nexium comes as capsules and as a liquid. Take Nexium at least one hour before a meal. Nexium is made so that each dose will suppress acid production in the stomach for a long time. Take Nexium exactly how your doctor tells you to.

Nexium should be stored at room temperature.

If you miss a dose of Nexium, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. If it is almost time for your next dose of Nexium, wait and take just that dose. Do not double up on Nexium to make up for a missed dose.

Tell your doctor if you have:
  • Allergic reactions to any medicine, including Nexium or other proton pump inhibitors (AcipHex®, Prevacid®, Prilosec®, or Protonix®).
  • Severe liver disease
  • Low levels of magnesium in your blood
Signs of an allergic reaction to Nexium include hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Taking Nexium may cause severe diarrhea. Contact your physician immediately if you suffer persistent watery stools, stomach pain, or fever.

Other side effects of Nexium can include:
  • Nausea, stomach pain, gas, and constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
Call your doctor if you have side effects with Nexium that become severe, worry you, or will not go away. These could include:
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Fast or uneven heart rate
  • Dark yellow or brown urine
  • Fever, sore throat, or extreme fatigue
  • Tremors
  • Jerky muscle movements
  • Muscle spasms
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
Taking high doses of Nexium for long periods of time can increase your risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine caused by osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about your risk of osteoporosis while taking Nexium.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Nexium® is the brand name for esomeprazole. Nexium belongs to a group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors. Your doctor may have prescribed Nexium for you to lower the amount of acid in your stomach. Nexium works to heal tissue damage in your esophagus and ulcers in your stomach. If your doctor has told you that you have Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, your doctor may have you take Nexium to keep your stomach acid low.

Some people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) take Nexium to protect their stomachs from getting ulcers. If you have stomach ulcers that are caused by bacteria, your doctor may prescribe Nexium to heal your stomach in combination with an antibiotic to kill the infection.

Nexium is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can cause to you to have a burning feeling in your chest or throat (also known as heartburn), a sour taste in your mouth, or burping. Patients sometimes confuse heartburn from GERD with early symptoms of a heart attack. Chest pain along with pain spreading to the shoulders or arms, nausea, and/or sweating may mean you are having a heart attack. If these are your symptoms, get immediate medical help. It is important to learn the difference between heartburn caused from too much stomach acid and chest pain caused from heart problems.

Nexium works by blocking the acid-producing cells in your stomach from making acid. When there is less acid in your stomach, your body can heal the erosion, ulcers, and inflammation caused by too much acid. Your doctor will have you take Nexium for as long as necessary to make your condition better.

Nexium may be prescribed to adults and children as young as 1 year old. Nexium comes as capsules and as a liquid. Take Nexium at least one hour before a meal. Nexium is made so that each dose will suppress acid production in the stomach for a long time. Take Nexium exactly how your doctor tells you to.

Nexium should be stored at room temperature.

If you miss a dose of Nexium, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. If it is almost time for your next dose of Nexium, wait and take just that dose. Do not double up on Nexium to make up for a missed dose.

Tell your doctor if you have:
  • Allergic reactions to any medicine, including Nexium or other proton pump inhibitors (AcipHex®, Prevacid®, Prilosec®, or Protonix®).
  • Severe liver disease
  • Low levels of magnesium in your blood
Signs of an allergic reaction to Nexium include hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Taking Nexium may cause severe diarrhea. Contact your physician immediately if you suffer persistent watery stools, stomach pain, or fever.

Other side effects of Nexium can include:
  • Nausea, stomach pain, gas, and constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
Call your doctor if you have side effects with Nexium that become severe, worry you, or will not go away. These could include:
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Fast or uneven heart rate
  • Dark yellow or brown urine
  • Fever, sore throat, or extreme fatigue
  • Tremors
  • Jerky muscle movements
  • Muscle spasms
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
Taking high doses of Nexium for long periods of time can increase your risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine caused by osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about your risk of osteoporosis while taking Nexium.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Nexium
Usage by Age
8.12%
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9.51%
20to40_base
36.47%
40to60_base
45.9%
over60_base
Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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59.65%
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male_fill_graph
40.35%
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