Generic Nexium (Esomeprazole) 40mg x 60 Tablets

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Generic Nexium (esomeprazole)

Generic Nexium Description

Esomeprazole magnesium is the active ingredient in Generic Nexium. Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor sold under different brand names and Generic Nexium is a popular drug. This drug is produced and marketed by AstraZeneca for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, dyspepsia and Zollinger – Ellison syndrome. The medication brings down acid secretion by way of inhibiting ATPase in gastric parietal cells. This thereby prevents gastric acid formation. Generic Nexium can provide a day’s relief from the symptoms of acid reflux disease. It can heal erosions caused on the esophagus and therefore it is called the Healing Purple Pill.

Generic Nexium should not be kept within the reach of children. Keep the lid of bottle tightly secured after each use. Do not change the original package of the medicine and keep it away from moisture and sunlight. Generic Nexium should be stored at room temperature. You should take this medication only as prescribed by your doctor. Multiple daily doses and dosages for an extended period of time can result in harmful effects such as bone fractures.

Conditions treated by Generic Nexium

Generic Nexium is basically used to heal erosive esophagitis where it is indicated for treating symptomatic and healing resolution of clinically confirmed erosive esophagitis (EE). It is also used for maintaining healing and resolution of EE. Erosive Esophagitis is a potentially serious condition that refers to damage of the esophagus. This happens largely due to damage caused by stomach acid eating away esophageal lining. GERD and associated symptoms such as heartburns and others are treated using Generic Nexium. Symptoms of this acid reflux disease include consistent heartburn for two or more days in a week in spite of dietary changes and treatment. The medication is also used in pediatric use for treating kids and adolescents in the age group of 1 and 17 years. However, in infants below 1 year of age, no studies have proven effectiveness of the drug. Safety in administering Nexium to babies is also not established.

Generic Nexium Dosage Information

a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations

Generic Nexium is available in the United States as delayed release capsules and in Australia and Canada as delayed release tablets. These contain esomeprazole magnesium in strengths of 40 mg and 20mg. Esomeprazole sodium is used for intravenous infusion or injection. Preparations meant for oral use are enteric coated because the drug rapidly degrades in your stomach due to acidic conditions. Generic Nexium is generally taken at least one hour before you take your meals. The drug is usually administered for about 4 to 8 weeks only. Thereafter, your doctor will decide whether a second course is needed or not. Four to eight weeks is the time required to heal and maintain.

Every dose of Generic Nexium should be taken with one full glass of water. Patients suffering from GERD in the case of healing of erosive esophagitis should take a 20mg or 40mg dose every day for a period of 4 to 8 weeks as prescribed. In cases of healing esophagitis maintenance, 20mg dose can be taken daily. 20mg every day for 4 weeks is the recommended dosage for treating symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disorder. Short term treatments for GERD in pediatric patients (12 to 17 year olds), 20mg or 40mg of the drug is administered for up to 8 weeks and in 1 to 11 year olds, 10mg is given once every day for 8 weeks. The medicine in the capsule can be taken out and swallowed without chewing. It can also be administered through a nasogastric feeding tube.

b.) Missing a Dose

If you have missed to take Generic Nexium, take it the next time you remember. But if it is already time for your next dose, skip the missed one. Taking extra medicine to compensate for the missed ones should be avoided.

c.) Overdosing

If you think you have been overdosed by Generic Nexium, contact Poison Helpline or get emergency medical attention to avert possible side effects. Symptoms of overdosing can include convulsions, co-ordination loss, tremors, shortness of breath, flushing, sweating, dry mouth, nausea, rapid heartbeats, blurred vision, drowsiness, headache and confusion.

Generic Nexium Warnings

If you find yourself allergic to esomeprazole or benzimidazole drugs such as mebendazole or albendazole, avoid taking Nexium. If you suffer from a severe liver disease, special tests or Generic Nexium dose adjustments may be needed. Generic Nexium has an ability to amplify your chances of a bone fracture in the spine, wrist or hip. Such issues have occurred in individuals who have taken the drug for an extended period of time or in high doses or are 50 years or older. If you have low bone mineral density and suffer from osteopenia or osteoporosis, inform your doctor before taking Generic Nexium. Nexium has not been known to cause any harm to unborn babies. However, if you have conceived or are planning to conceive, inform your doctor prior to taking the medication. Similarly, breast feeding mothers should consult their doctors before taking Generic Nexium although no studies have proved the effect of the drug on babies through breast milk.

Generic Nexium Side Effects

If you are allergic to Generic Nexium, you are bound to experience one of the following symptoms:


-swelling of throat, lips, tongue and face

-breathing difficulties and hives


Other possible side effects to this drug can include:


-dry mouth


-gastric trouble




-abdominal pain



Medical attention is needed when you experience one or more of certain strong side effects such as:


-strong allergic reactions

-unusual hoarseness

-tightness in your chest

-itching, hives and rashes

-unusual tiredness

-unusual bleeding or bruising

-severe stomach pain or cramps


-peeling and blistered skin

-sore throat

-chills, fever

-dark urine

-chest and bone pain


Several studies have demonstrated the fact that Generic Nexium results in increased risk of hip, wrist or spinal bone fracture.

Drug Interactions With Generic Nexium

Nelfinavir or Atazanavir should not be taken along with Generic Nexium. These are medications taken to treat AIDS or HIV and can interact with Nexium. Few other drugs that could possibly interfere with Generic Nexium include:


-warfarin (Coumadin)

-cilostazol (Pletal)

-clopidogrel (Plavix)

-digoxin (Lanoxin)

-diazepam (Valium)

-ketoconazole (Nizoral)

-saquinavir mesylate (Invirase)

-iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron, Fergon, Femiron, others)


Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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