Nexium 24HRand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Esomeprazole Magnesium
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Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
20mg Delayed Release Capsules
No generic is available for Nexium 24HR 20mg.
- Manufactured by Pfizer Canada Inc
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Over the Counter
No generic is available for Nexium 24HR 20mg.
Nexium 24HR Drug Information
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Nexium 24HR Drug Information
Nexium 24HR Overview
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. Nexium 24HR 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). If you are self-treating with Nexium 24HR, over-the-counter esomeprazole products are used to treat frequent heartburn (occurring 2 or more days a week). Since it may take 1 to 4 days to have full effect, these products do not relieve heartburn right away. For over-the-counter products, carefully read the package instructions to make sure the product is right for you. Check the ingredients on the label even if you have used the product before. The manufacturer may have changed the ingredients. Also, products with similar brand names may contain different ingredients meant for different purposes. Taking the wrong product could harm you.
How to Use Nexium 24HR
Read the Medication Guide and 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 Nexium 24HR by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily, at least 1 hour before a meal. If you are self-treating, follow all directions on the product package. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take Nexium 24HR more often than directed. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Do not crush or chew Nexium 24HR. Swallow the capsules whole. If you have difficulty swallowing Nexium 24HR whole, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the contents into a tablespoon of unheated applesauce. Swallow the applesauce mixture right away without chewing it. Do not prepare the mixture ahead of time for later use. Doing so may destroy the drug. If needed, antacids may be taken along with Nexium 24HR. If you are also taking sucralfate, take esomeprazole at least 30 minutes before sucralfate. Use Nexium 24HR regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Continue to take Nexium 24HR for the prescribed length of treatment even if you are feeling better. If you are self-treating with the over-the-counter product, do not take it for more than 14 days unless directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. If you are self-treating, tell your doctor if your heartburn persists after 14 days or if you need to use Nexium 24HR more than once every 4 months. The risk of side effects goes up over time. Ask your doctor how long you should take Nexium 24HR. If you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.
Nexium 24HR Precautions
Before taking esomeprazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (such as lansoprazole, omeprazole); or if you have any other allergies. Nexium 24HR may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Nexium 24HR, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,liver disease, lupus. Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition.heartburn with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating), unexplained weight loss. In addition, before you self-treat with Nexium 24HR,trouble/pain swallowing food, bloody vomit, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, bloody/black stools, heartburn for over 3 months, frequent chest pain, frequent wheezing (especially with heartburn), nausea/vomiting, stomach pain. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Proton pump inhibitors (such as esomeprazole) may increase your risk for bone fractures, especially with longer use, higher doses, and in older adults. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about ways to prevent bone loss/fracture, such as by taking calcium (such as calcium citrate) and vitamin D supplements. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Nexium 24HR, especially bone loss and fractures (see above), and Clostridium difficile infection (see Side Effects section). Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of Nexium 24HR, especially fever, cough, and infections of the nose/throat/airways. During pregnancy, Nexium 24HR should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if Nexium 24HR passes into breast milk. However, similar drugs pass into breast milk. The effects on a nursing infant are unknown. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Nexium 24HR Misdose
If you miss a dose of Nexium 24HR, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Nexium 24HR Interactions
See also How to Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.cilostazol, clopidogrel, methotrexate (especially high-dose treatment), rifampin, St John's wort. Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly. Esomeprazole decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these products work. Some affected products include atazanavir, erlotinib, nelfinavir, pazopanib, rilpivirine, certain azole antifungals (itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole), among others. Esomeprazole is very similar to omeprazole. Do not use any medications containing omeprazole while using esomeprazole. Nexium 24HR may interfere with certain laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Nexium 24HR.
Nexium 24HR Side Effects
What are Nexium 24HR side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Nexium 24HR may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Nexium 24HR as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Nexium 24HR
The side effects of Nexium 24HR may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Nexium 24HR. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Nexium 24HR may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Nexium 24HR, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Nexium 24HR.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Nexium 24HR, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Nexium 24HR and the side effects associated with Nexium 24HR are described in the following:
Common Nexium 24HR Side Effects
- injection site sequelae
- pruritus of skin
- headache disorder
- acute abdominal pain
Less Frequent Nexium 24HR Side Effects
- urinary tract infection
- symptoms of anxiety
Rare or Very Rare Nexium 24HR Side Effects
- gastrointestinal candidiasis
- aggressive behavior
- blurred vision
- bronchospastic pulmonary disease
- hepatic failure
- Clostridium difficile infection
- interstitial nephritis
- skin photosensitivity
- erythema multiforme
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- muscle weakness
- systemic lupus erythematosus
- thrombocytopenic disorder
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- skin inflammation
- subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus
- benign fundic gland polyposis of stomach
- atrial fibrillation
- herpes simplex infection
- increased alanine transaminase
- increased aspartate transaminase
- biliary calculus
- neutropenic disorder
- upper respiratory infection
- abdominal distension
- general weakness
- flu-like symptoms
- vitamin B12 deficiency
- back pain
- chest pain
- facial edema
- peripheral edema
- increased appetite
- weight gain
- weight loss
- increased defecation frequency
- increased urinary frequency
Nexium 24HR Storage
Store at room temperature away from moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Nexium 24HR when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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