What is Nexium?
Nexium is the branded version of Esomeprazole and contains the same active ingredient, esomeprazole. Both Nexium and Esomeprazole are used to treat acid reflux, as well as other stomach conditions such as stomach ulcers.
How does Nexium work?
Nexium belongs to a group of medicines called “proton pump inhibitors” (PPIs). PPIs work by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces. This prevents stomach acid from sloshing up into the oesophagus and causing acid reflux.
How do you take Nexium?
Do not chew or crush the capsules. Do not take Nexium after the expiry date.
Take this medication as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. This medication can be taken with or without food.
Take one capsule daily, unless otherwise directed by your doctor or pharmacist. For best results, take this medication at the same time each morning.
How effective is Nexium in treating acid reflux?
Nexium, like other proton pump inhibitors, is an effective way of treating acid reflux. In addition to taking Nexium capsules, it is worth considering some lifestyle changes to further prevent the occurrence of acid reflux. These include quitting smoking, losing weight and avoiding spicy or fatty foods.
What are the most common side effects of Nexium?
As with all medications, Nexium can cause side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects and they are typically mild to moderate and only last a short period of time. The most common side effects of Nexium are:
- Stomach aches, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence
For a list of infrequent side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.