Nexium is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid.
It is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis.
Nexium may also be prescribed for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Dosages of Nexium varies by patient. Use Nexium exactly as prescribed by your doctor and/or the directions on your prescription label.
This medicine is usually given for 4 to 8 weeks only. Your doctor may recommend a second course of treatment if you need additional healing time.
Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Nexium should be taken at least one hour before a meal.
If you miss a dose of Nexium, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you suspect you may have overdosed on Nexium, or are having an allergic reaction the medication, seek medical attention immediately.
Common side effects include:
-nausea, stomach pain, gas, constipation
Serious side effects include:
-severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody
-joint pain or swelling with fever, swollen glands, and skin rash on your cheeks or arms (worsens in sunlight)
-kidney problems (urinating more or less than usual, blood in your urine, swelling, rapid weight gain)
-symptoms of low magnesium (dizziness, confusion; fast or uneven heart rate; tremors or jerking muscle movements; feeling jittery; muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet; cough or choking feeling)
This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience serious side effects, contact a doctor or your nearest hospital immediately.
There are drugs that interact with Nexium. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use, including prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should always tell your doctor before you start taking new medication.