Learn more about Nexium and Nexium Side Effects and how heartburn can be a signal for something else.
Nexium (esomeprazole) belongs to a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Nexium decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Nexium is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Nexium is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid).
Nexium may also be given to prevent gastric ulcer caused by infection with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), or by the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Nexium is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Nexium Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Nexium: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Nexium and call your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms of low magnesium such as:
- dizziness, confusion;
- fast or uneven heart rate;
- jerking muscle movements;
- feeling jittery;
- muscle cramps, muscle weakness or limp feeling;
- cough or choking feeling; or
- seizure (convulsions).
Less serious Nexium side effects may include:
- headache, drowsiness;
- nausea, stomach pain, gas, constipation; or
- dry mouth.
It is sometimes confused with the 1st signs of a cardiac arrest.
Seek emergency medical aid if you have chest agony or heavy feeling, discomfort extending to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.
If you have dreadful liver illness you could need an esomeprazole dose adjustment or special tests. Esomeprazole isn’t for instant relief of angina symptoms. Some conditions are treated with a mix of esomeprazole and antibiotics.
Use all medicines as directed by your GP. Read the medicine guide or patient instructions supplied with each medicine.
Don’t change your doses or medicine schedule without your doctor’s information. Take this medicine for the full prescribed time period. Your symptoms may improve before the condition is entirely dealt with.