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Esomeprazole Magnesium

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Pronounced

"ess-oh-MEH-pruh-zole"

Common brand names:

Nexium

Uses

Esomeprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. This medication helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. Esomeprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking esomeprazole and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily, with food or on an empty stomach. Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Do not crush or chew this medication. Swallow the tablets whole. If you have difficulty swallowing this medication whole, you may place the tablet in a half glass (120 milliliters or 4 ounces) of non-carbonated water. Stir until the tablet dissolves and the pellets are released from the tablet. Drink the mixture within 30 minutes. Rinse the glass with the same amount of water and drink the contents to make sure the entire dose is taken. Do not chew the mixture or prepare it ahead of time for later use. Doing so may destroy the drug.

If needed, antacids may be taken along with this medication. If you are also taking sucralfate, take esomeprazole at least 30 minutes before sucralfate.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Continue to take this medication for the prescribed length of treatment even if you are feeling better.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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