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A healthcare provider may recommend Nexium® (esomeprazole magnesium) to treat a number of conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, and intestines (such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, erosive esophagitis, and heartburn).
Nexium belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It decreases the amount of acid in your stomach by blocking the acid production sites.
Although most people tolerate Nexium well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Nexium, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Some of the common side effects of this medication include nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
The medication comes in the form of capsules or a powder (used to make Nexium oral suspension). Normally, it should be taken once a day, at least one hour before a meal. Nexium comes in a number of strengths, including:
  • 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 more information on how Nexium oral capsules and powder can be beneficial in treating several conditions involving the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)
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