What Is Nexium?
Nexium is a drug that used for regulating the amount of stomach acid produced in a person’s body. Nexium(Esomeprazole) belongs to a group of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. Proton pump inhibitors are well known for their ability to provide long lasting relief from gastric acid problems.
One of the most common types of gastric acid problems is GERD. GERD(gastroesophageal reflux disease). GERD can be described as a disorder involving stomach acids damaging the esophagus. GERD can cause minor or severe heartburn and some regurgitation.
Other gastric acid problems such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, can be easily and quickly solved by taking Nexium. Nexium can also be used to help with certain infections like helicobacter. Though Nexium is a great solution for all these problems it may not offer you instant relief for all of the symptoms associated with these disorders.
Delving Deeper into Nexium
Many people will confuse simple heartburn with a heart attack. If you feel any lumpiness in your ligaments or sharp shooting pains coming from your chest, you should immediately call 911. Other symptoms associated with a heart attack include: dizziness, excessive sweating, heavy chest or heart palpitations.
It is important that you do not take this medication if you are allergic to Esomeprazole, Mebendazole or Albendazole. It is also important that you stay in contact with your doctor and inform them if you have liver problems or very low levels of magnesium in your body. In some cases you may use both Nexium and an antibiotic together. When doing so it is important that you read the instructions very carefully and follow any additional instructions given by your doctor. Finally never change your dosage without first consulting your doctor or physician. Take the medication for as long as you have been instructed to, even though your symptoms may clear up sooner.
Questions for Your Healthcare Provider
There are some things that you should talk to your healthcare provider about. When taking Nexium you can increase the risk of fractures in the hip, waist and spine. Many of these people are either: those who have been taking this medication for a long time or; those who have taken this medication and are 50 years or older. However, there is no substantial proof that the medication leads to bone fractures.
Before taking this medication you should consult your doctor and inform them if you have osteoporosis or any bone disorders. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or have plans to become pregnant before taking this medication. Also, it is unknown whether Nexium will pass through the mother’s breast milk. If you are breastfeeding it is important that you let the doctor know as well.
Nexium and its Side Effects
When taking Nexium there is a slight possibility that you may experience some side effects of the medication. You should immediately stop taking Nexium and call 911 if you experience any of these side effects: difficulty swallowing or breathing, shortness of breath, or hives. Other symptoms of potential low magnesium include:
- Fast heart rate
- confusion or blurry vision
- jerky muscle contractions
- Dark diarrhea that is bloody
- limp muscle or fatigue
- choking or nausea
- convulsions and jittery feelings.
- dry mouth
This list is incomplete and there is a possibility that other side effects will occur. If you experience any of these side effects report them to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Nexium and its Interaction with other Drugs
Nexium should not be taken with certain drugs such as: Reyataz and Viracept. It is vitally important that you inform your doctor if you are taking any of these drugs to manage HIV or AIDS.
There are other drugs that you should inform your doctor of as well. These would include:
- tacrolimus (Prograf)
- St. John’s wort
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate)
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
- diazepam (Valium)
- digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps)
- dexamethasone (Cortastat, Dexasone, Solurex, DexPak)
- clopidogrel (Plavix)
- citalopram (Celexa)
- cilostazol (Pletal)
- Other HIV/AIDS medication including: etravirine (Intelence), rilpivirine (Complera, Edurant), or saquinavir (Invirase)
This list is not complete and there maybe other medications to look out for including: vitamins and over the counter supplements. Do not begin taking a new medication until you talk to your doctor.
Nexium can cause you to experience some diarrhea, which can be a good sign of an infection within your body. If your diarrhea is bloody or dark and water than you need to immediately stop taking the Nexium and call your doctor. Do not use anti diarrhea medication with Nexium.
The most important thing to remember is that you should take the prescribed amount that the doctor recommended. You should never take more or less than the prescribed amount that your doctor gave you. Typically your medication would be prescribed at about 4-8 weeks. If your body needs more time to heal, your doctor may add an additional few weeks to your medication. When taking Nexium you want to drink it with a full glass of water. Also, ensure that you take this medication a hour before you consume a meal.
When ingesting Nexium do not crush it, chew it or destroy the pill in any shape or form. You should swallow the pill wholly with the water. However, you can open the delay release capsule and sprinkle the medicine over pudding or applesauce to make it more palatable. It is important that you swallow this mixture quickly and throw away the capsule.
Nexium can also be taken through a feeding tube by opening the capsule and sprinkling the medicine into the 60 milliliter syringes. Mix this in about 50 milliliter of water. You will place the plunger in the syringes and shake the solution up really well. Ensure that there are no granules in the solution(small clumps of medicine). You would then attached the Syringe to the NG tube and push down on it, causing them solution to go into the tube. Finally flush the tube with more water to ensure that the content is down.
Remember that this prescription should be used for the prescribed time that the doctor suggests. You may experience the symptoms going away sooner, but you should continue to take the medicine until you have no more. If you notice that your condition is not getting any better, do not hesitate to call your doctor.
Also, remember that this medication can cause unusual test results, so during any physical screenings make sure that you inform the doctor that you are taking Nexium.
Keep stored in a cool, room temperature place.
Overdosing on Nexium
If you believe that you have overdosed on Nexium, call the Poison Treatment Center at 1-800-222-1222.
The symptoms associated with overdosing include: dry mouth, confusion, diarrhea, chest pains, convulsions and shortness of breath.
If you miss a dose, then ensure that you take it as soon as you remember. If you remember close to your next scheduled dosage, then take the dosage and skip the next one. Never over dose to make up for a skipped dosage.