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Esomeprazole (not omeprazole) is used to treat acidity (dyspepsia), gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD, frequent persistent heartburn, regurgitation or flow of bitter fluid into mouth, swallowing problems, and upper abdominal pain), ulcers in the stomach due to excessive acid production, infection (H. pylori) or pain-killer use (e.g. NSAIDs), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (tumors in the pancreas or the upper part of the small intestine, which may lead to increase acid secretion in the digestive tube).

How it works

Esomeprazole belongs to class of medications called proton pump inhibitors. It blocks the activity of the proton pumps in the stomach wall that produce acid, thereby reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Common side effects

Abdominal cramp, Sinus inflammation, Bowel disturbance, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Headache, Sinus disorder


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Expert advice

  • Take esomeprazole tablets in the morning on an empty stomach with water.
  • Do not chew or crush the tablets because the tablets contain coated pellets which stop the medicine from being broken down by the acid in your stomach. It is important not to damage the pellets.
  • When using this medicine for  long-term, take a calcium citrate with vitamin D supplement daily to prevent bone loss.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is esomeprazole an antacid?
Esomeprazole (also known as Esomac, Esoz, Nexium, or Nexpro) is a proton pump inhibitor which decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach while antacids neutralize the stomach acid and raise the gastric pH.
Q. Is esomeprazole available over the counter?
Esomeprazole is available as an over-the-counter medication. However, follow the doctor’s advice regarding its use.
Q. Is esomeprazole/esomeprazole magnesium better than omeprazole / lansoprazole?
Esomeprazole, omeprazole, or lansoprazole belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response. Always follow doctor’s advice regarding its use.
Q. Does esomeprazole cause weight loss or weight gain?
Weight loss or weight gain can be seen with use of esomeprazole.
Q. Can I take esomeprazole with paracetamol (acetaminophen), ranitidine, or domperidone?
Yes. You can take esomeprazole with paracetamol (acetaminophen), ranitidine, or domperidone.
Q. Can I take esomeprazole with gaviscon (aluminum hydroxide and magnesium carbonate) or other antacids?
Depending upon individual’s response, there should be an interval of at least 2 hours between the two drug administrations.
Q. Does esomeprazole cause tinnitus?
It is possible that esomeprazole may rarely cause tinnitus. Please consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.
Q.  Does esomeprazole contain lactose?
Esomeprazole contains lactose and sucrose.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)