Nexium, also known as esomeprazole magnesium, is designed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), conditions which cause peptic ulcers like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, gastric ulcers related to NSAID use, and H. pylori infections.
Chemical structure of Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium)
Nexium Coupon (Discount Card)
Present the following information to your pharmacist to get your discount on Nexium.
When you enter your information on the manufacturer’s website, you can sign up to receive special offers and printable coupons for Nexium. You can also sign up for a savings card and get Nexium for $15 a month or $30 for a 90-day supply. Certain restrictions apply, and the offer expires on 12/31/2018.
Nexium is part of a class of drugs called PPIs or proton pump inhibitors. Ideal candidates for the drug may be as young as one month old and suitable for children and adults. The medication is designed to help treat and reduce symptoms related to stomach and esophagus issues like acid reflux as well as specific bacterial infections like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
By healing damage to the stomach and esophagus, Nexium may be an effective medication for preventing ulcers or esophageal cancer.
Dosage and Strength Options
Nexium is available as a delayed-release capsule or as a delayed-release oral suspension (liquid). The capsules are available as 20 mg or 40 mg while the oral suspension strengths are 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg or 40 mg.
Delayed-release capsules can be swallowed whole or opened to mix with applesauce; contents of the capsule can also go into a nasogastric tube.
Delayed-release oral suspension may be added to a nasogastric or gastric tube or mixed with water.
For infants from one month to less than a year old a recommended dose is either 2.5, 5, or 10 mg once a day and based on weight. Infants may take Nexium for up to six weeks if treating GERD.
Children from one to 11 years of age may take 10 or 20 mg once a day for up to eight weeks and children 12 to 17 years old may take 20 or 40 mg once a day for up to eight weeks.
The recommended daily dose for adults with GERD may take a once-a-day dose of 20 to 40 mg for four to eight weeks.
Adults treating an NSAID-related ulcer can take 20 to 40 mg once a day for up to six months and 40 mg twice a day when treating a pathological hypersecretory condition (like Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome). Adults may incorporate Nexium into their treatment plan for H. pylori and take 40 mg, once a day for ten days.
It’s important to keep in mind that the side effects of taking Nexium may vary among individuals, and you should always talk with your doctor about all possible side effects before taking the drug. Here are some of the most common (over one percent incidence rate) side effects in adults:
Children, between the ages of 1 and 17 also experienced the same common side effects including drowsiness. The most common adverse effects in infants included irritability and vomiting when taking Nexium.
Before you take Nexium, tell your doctor about any medications, OTC products or herbal supplements you are taking. Some products or medications to avoid when taking Nexium include, but are not limited to:
Anyone who takes any of the following medications (listed above) should avoid taking Nexium unless your doctor says it’s safe to mix the drugs. Women who are nursing or pregnant should avoid taking Nexium, as should anyone who is allergic to PPIs.
Talk with your doctor about your health history, especially if you have a history of liver disease or lupus.
If you’re using mixing Nexium with food or as an oral suspension, don’t save the mixture for later; it must be consumed right away for best results. Store your medication between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) and avoid excess heat or moisture.
For expiration information, talk with your doctor or pharmacist and keep in mind that as soon as you open your medication packaging, Nexium may become less effective.
While there are generic versions of Nexium available, it’s important to talk with your doctor to make sure the generic versions will work as well as Nexium.
The following drugs are similar to Nexium, are also PPIs, and may treat some of the same symptoms: