Delivery Time: ~7 days
Delivery Time: ~7 days
What is Nexium?
Nexium is an oral drug that belongs to the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) group of drugs. The effectiveness of these drugs lies in their ability to block the enzyme in the wall of the stomach responsible for acid production and thus, decrease acid production and help the esophagus and stomach heal. This makes protein pump inhibitors, and Nexium, a perfect solution for conditions caused by stomach acid.
What are the indications for using Nexium?
Nexium is most commonly prescribed as a treatment option for conditions caused by excessive stomach acid. The most common of these are the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Nexium is also prescribed to patients suffering from an erosive esophagitis as Nexium helps the esophagus recover from the damage done by stomach acid. The drug may even be given to help prevent a gastric ulcer from forming due to an infection with helicobacter pylori.
What is the dosage for Nexium?
Nexium is an oral drug that is supplied in 20mg and 40mg delayed-release capsules. GERD patients should take 20 or 40mg of Nexium once a day for 1-2 months. Children should take 10-20mg. Zollinger-Ellison patients should be given 40mg two times a day. To treat H. pylori, 40mg of Nexium should be administered once a day for 10 days. The recommended dosage for preventing NSAID-induced ulcers is 20-40mg a day to be given for a period of 6 months.
What are the contraindications for using Nexium?
Nexium should never be taken by those allergic to it and to other benzimidazole drugs. Nexium may be unsafe for use by individuals with a low level of magnesium in the blood or with severe liver disease. Only a doctor can determine whether Nexium can be used by those people without risk. It may not be appropriate for use by people with osteoporosis or osteopenia as it increases the risk of hipbone fracture. It is unknown whether Nexium passes into breast milk.
What are the adverse effects of Nexium?
Nexium can cause an allergic reaction such as breathing difficulties, hives, and swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat. It can also cause mild diarrhea, nausea, headaches, constipation, stomach pain, drowsiness, and dryness of the mouth. The more serious side effects include a fast or uneven heart rate, muscle cramps, seizures, watery or bloody diarrhea, and shaking muscle movements. These indicate a low level of magnesium.