Nexium is prescribed for the treatment of heartburn and other conditions involving the backflow of stomach acids (GERD). It helps combat the damage that is caused by reflux diseases.0020
However, your doctor may also prescribe Nexium for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Nexium
The ideal way to use Nexium is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Nexium should be taken with one hour before a meal.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Nexium to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Nexium between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Nexium in the bathroom.
A Nexium overdose may have certain adverse symptoms like confusion, drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, nausea and sweating which may require immediate medical attention. So please contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that the patient has overdosed on Nexium.
Consult your doctor before using Nexium if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Nexium if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure) or to other similar drugs, you are taking an HIV protease inhibitor (e.g., atazanavir).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Nexium as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
Patients undergoing treatment for high blood pressure often report a feeling of being worn out and tired for the first few weeks of the treatment cycle. If you experience this, then do not stop taking Nexium suddenly without consulting your doctor.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Nexium as Nexium may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Nexium is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Certain patients experience conditions like throat pain, chest pain, or trouble swallowing, stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools while taking Nexium. If you notice this, then contact your doctor immediately.
Nexium can interfere with the resuls of certain lab tests. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking it prior to starting the tests.
Please maintain caution while using Nexium in children as the safety as well as effectiveness of Nexium in these patients are yet to be ascertained.
Also maintain caution while using it in Asians