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Nexium is a drug that can decrease the amount of acid synthesized in the stomach. Besides this, Nexium is also used in the treatment of gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD as well as other conditions that involves excessive accumulation of acid in the stomach such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This medicine has also been proved to be quite effective in curing erosive esophagitis, the condition where the esophagus is damaged due to the effect of gastric acid. Nexium is also prescribed for patients suffering from gastric ulcers caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori or by the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Things to keep in mind while prescribing this drug: -

Nexium should not be used by patients who are allergic to this medicine or to any other benzimidazole drugs such as mebendazole and albendazole. Inform your doctor in case you had any type of liver diseases. Nexium falls in the FDA pregnancy category B which means that this medicine will pose no harm to your embryo during pregnancy.

How to take this drug?

You should take this medicine as prescribed by your doctor without exceeding the normal dose. Nexium is usually taken for four to eight weeks only, however, your doctor may prescribe a second course of this medication if he feels so. Each Nexium dose should be taken along with a glassful of water an hour before a meal. Swallow the pill as a whole instead of crushing or breaking it. Nexium pill has been specially designed for slow release of the medicine in your body. Opening this pill will result in sudden release of large amount of this drug at one time.

What are the possible side effects associated with this medicine?

Nexium exhibits various side effects such as the following: –
• Allergic reactions leading to hives, breathing problems and swelling of face, tongue, throat and lips;
• Headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting;
• Stomach pain, gas, dry mouth, constipation.
Contact the doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of the above mentioned side effects.


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