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Nexium® (esomeprazole magnesium) is a medication used to treat a number of conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, and intestines (such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, erosive esophagitis, and heartburn). Nexium is also known as "the purple pill" because it is a purple capsule with two or three gold rings, depending on the strength.
Nexium reduces the amount of acid in your stomach, helping heartburn and other GERD symptoms go away. Also, lowering the amount of stomach acid allows any damage already done to the esophagus, stomach, or intestines time to heal. Possible side effects of the medication include nausea, headaches, and diarrhea.
The medication comes in the form of capsules or a powder (used to make an oral suspension). Normally, it should be taken once a day, at least one hour before a meal. Nexium comes in a number of strengths. These include:
- Nexium 20 mg capsules
- Nexium 40 mg capsules
- Nexium for oral suspension 10 mg packets
- Nexium for oral suspension 20 mg packets
- Nexium for oral suspension 40 mg packets.
(Click Nexium for a more in-depth look at using Nexium for erosive esophagitis and other conditions. This article offers an overview of how Nexium works, describes possible side effects, and explains what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)