Nexium medicine

Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can make your everyday life terrible.
Nexium is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines for the treatment of GERD. Its main component is esomeprazole.
Esomeprazole is proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems including acid reflux and ulcers. Its mechanism of work involves the process of reduction of the amount of stomach acid.
The medicine assists in decreasing the common symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and cough. It also provides healing properties to reduce acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, prevents ulcers, and cancer of the esophagus.
Proton pumps are enzymes found in the parietal cells of the stomach. They work to produce hydrochloric acid, the main ingredient of stomach acid needed for proper digestion. In people, who experience GERD (have the weak muscle between the stomach and esophagus which does not close tightly), stomach acid comes to the esophagus and causes burning feeling in the chest and throat, asthma, coughing, and other symptoms.
PPIs inhibit the actions of proton pumps by suppressing the amount of acid produced and released in the stomach. PPIs are proven to work better in people who take them an hour to half an hour before a meal. They are intended for regular use.
Nexium treats the following conditions:
• Stomach acid from systemic mastocytosis;
• Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD);
• Zollinger-Ellison syndrome;
• Inflammation of the esophagus with erosion;
• Treatment of erosive esophagitis;
• Ulcer of duodenum caused by bacteria Helicobacter Pylori;
• Inflammation of the stomach lining caused by H. Pylori;
• Overproduction of stomach acid;
• Heartburn;
• Stomach ulcer caused by aspirin or ibuprofen medication;
• Bleeding from stomach, esophagus or duodenum.
How to use Nexium
Before using Nexium for any of its purposes, it is wise to read the instruction label available with the medicine and/or ask your caring doctor about this medicine.
The intake of Nexium is by oral route about 1 hour before a meal. The dose of the medicine is individually adjusted for each patient. Regular intake will provide better treatment results.
In some cases patients need to consume antacids with this medication.
Side Effects
The side effects usually do not occur if the medicine is taken correctly in the exactly recommended dose. In some patients Nexium can cause headache or abdominal pain.
If severe side effects occur such as spasms, seizures, allergic reactions and others, it is necessary to stop using Nexium and consult a doctor.
When you use this medication for a long period of time, you may have a deficiency of vitamin B-12. It is important to make blood tests and treat this deficiency as your doctor recommends.
Warnings and drug interactions
If you use Nexium regularly, please inform your doctor about all the other medicine you consume. Tell your doctor if you have liver disease, or low blood levels of magnesium. It is important to inform the doctor about pregnancy and if you breast feed your baby.
Some drugs can influence the way Nexium works. The medicines which can interact with Nexium should be taken separately or avoided when you consume this medicine.
Beside the treatment with Nexium patients should consider certain lifestyle changes which can help to reduce the unpleasant symptoms. These changes may include healthy weight control, avoiding big meals right before sleep and quitting smoking.

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