Taking Nexium Safely
General considerations for when and how to take Nexium include the following:
- The medication comes in capsules and in powder form (used to make an oral suspension). Normally, it should be taken once a day, at least one hour before a meal.
- Nexium should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your system.
- The powder form comes in single-dose packets. Mix one packet with 15 mL (1 tablespoon) of water and let sit for two or three minutes to thicken. Stir and drink within 30 minutes. If any medication remains in the container, add more water, stir, and drink again.
- For Nexium to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Nexium your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Nexium Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are associated with Nexium. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they either require no treatment or are easily treated by a healthcare provider.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Headache (see Nexium Headaches)
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Dry mouth.
(Click Nexium Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)