Esomeprazole is another name for Nexium. One way many people remember Nexium is the popular term used in advertising which is “The Purple Pill.” This drug is used to treat GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD is essentially regurgitation of stomach acids which cause severe heartburn and possibly ulcers or sores along the esophagus. The drug is to help decreasing the amount of stomach acids, and allowing esophageal ulcers to heal. To be more specific, Esomeprazole is in the class of proton pump inhibitors.
Esomeprazole is a prescription drug only. Nexium is an expensive if you have to pay for it out of your pocket. Patients should only used this medication as directed, and ask questions if they do not understand the instructions. Be sure to ask the time of day it should be take, and if it needs to be taken with or without food.
There are various side effects with this medication. It is important to report all medications that you are taking including over the counter drugs. Be sure to report any anticoagulant drugs such as Coumadin to your physician as well. If you have any type of problems concerning your liver, are pregnant, nursing a baby. If you have any medication allergies including over the counter medications such as Prilosec. As with any medication, discuss side effects, and your medical history with your physician first.
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