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Nexium is a brand of medication that goes under the generic name Esomeprazole. It falls under the proton pump inhibitor classification. Its main objective is to reduce the amount of stomach acid produced by the body. Once this is achieved, the medication can treat conditions connected to excessive production of stomach acid.

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What is Esomeprazole?

A universal drug that is used to give remedy to some situations when the stomach is experiencing too much acidity is called Esomeprazole. This generic drug is used to heal stomach conditions such as gastric and duodenal ulcers, erosive esophagitis as well as gastroesophageal reflux diseases or (GERD). GERD is a type of concern in the stomach which is about the acid reflux, and which goes back into the esophagus.

Esomeprazole is a kind of PPI or Proton Pump Inhibitor. What it does is that it reduces the acid produced by the stomach..

What is Nexium?

Aside from Esomeprazole which can be bought at a cheaper price, a branded version of this drug is called Nexium.

Patients suffering from intestinal and stomach ulcers may take Nexium as medication. It can also prevent the development of gastric ulcer. This ulcer develops because of the presence of an infection with H. pylori. It may develop also by using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Nexium does not offer instant remedy for people suffering from heartburn. It may take a few days for them to feel the full effect. Patients must strictly follow the dosage literature that the medication comes with. But before doing so, it is important that the patient informs his doctor about all the medical conditions he is suffering from.

Patients who are allergic to other generic medication such as rabeprazole, pantoprazole, omeprazole, and lansoprazole might be allergic to esomeprazole as well. The best thing to do is to ask your doctor for an allergic test. Patients who are allergic to these generic medications must inform their doctors about it. If in case the patient accidentally takes in Nexium, he must get some emergency medical attention immediately for allergic reactions to the medication. Allergic reactions are the main reason why it is important for patients to strictly follow doctors’ orders when it comes to taking Nexium.

Usually, people make the mistake of identifying heartburn as the first sign of a heart attack. Once the symptom settles in, the patient must seek immediate medical attention at the soonest possible time. Some of the symptoms the patient might feel are feeling feverish, unexplained sweating, nausea, and the chest pain spreading to the arms and shoulders.

Patients must inform their doctors if they are suffering from low magnesium levels in their blood, low mineral density in their bone, osteoporosis, and acute ailment of the liver.

Severe side effects of Nexium are the following:

  • Low level magnesium in the blood symptoms
    • Continuous coughing
    • Choking feeling
    • Spastic muscles in the hands
    • Spastic muscles in the feet
    • Unexplained nervousness
    • Involuntary jerking of the muscles
    • Uncontrolled shaking
    • Abnormal heart rate
    • Elevated heart rate
    • Bewilderment
    • Vertigo
  • Problems of the kidney
    • Presence of blood in urine
    • Swelling
    • Unexplained weight gain
    • Urinating more often
  • Extreme pain in the stomach
  • Luquidy diarrhea
  • Bloody diarrhea

The common side effects of Nexium are the following

  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Constipation
  • Intestinal gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Slight diarrhea
  • Sleepiness
  • Migraine
  • Affected tastebuds

Unusual side effects of Nexium are:

  • Back pain
  • Acne breakouts

If a patient suffers from severe side effects from taking Nexium, he must seek medical attention right away.

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