Esomeprazole is a medicine that belongs to the family of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI). It is used to treat conditions such as acid reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and heartburn. It works by preventing certain cells within the stomach lining from producing acid. This leads to a decrease in acid refluxing up towards the respiratory tract and causing symptoms associated with all the conditions above. It is recommended that the patient take a daily dose regularly for therapeutic results to be at its most effective.
- Provides up to 24 hours relief
- Used to treat acid reflux and heartburn
- Cheaper version of Nexium Control
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Esomeprazole, sold under the brand name Nexium, is a drug which is used to help reduce the production of stomach acid to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and indigestion.
What Is the Difference Between Prescription and Over-the-Counter PPIs?
Both prescription and over-the-counter PPIs contain the same active ingredients. They work in the same way, but OTC medications may contain a lower dose.
Are PPIs Safe?
Long-term use can cause severe PPI side effects. Kidney disease, bacterial infections and bone fractures are some of the PPIs’ most serious side effects. You should only use this medication long term if advised by a healthcare professional.
How Do You Take a PPI?
PPIs should be taken on an empty stomach, about 30 minutes to one hour before eating breakfast.
How Long Will I Have to Keep Taking PPIs?
PPIs are generally supposed to be taken for two to eight weeks, depending on the condition being treated.
Can I drink alcohol?
Drinking alcohol while taking PPIs can result in increased side effects and worsening of acid reflux.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking esomeprazole.
Common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
There are some rare yet severe side effects associated with esomeprazole. You should seek medical attention if you experience joint pain along with a red skin rash, especially in parts of your body exposed to the sun, such as your arms, cheeks and nose.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
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