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Esomeprazole

INFORMATION

Uses

Esomeprazole is used in the treatment of acidity, heartburn, intestinal ulcers and stomach ulcers.

How it works

Esomeprazole lowers the acid production 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

  • Get a blood test done to know the magnesium level in your body once a year; you may need a magnesium supplement while using the Esomeprazole,as a long-term treatment.
  • Long-term use of the Esomeprazole can cause weak or broken bones.
  • Take Esomeprazole immediately before a meal, preferably in the morning.
  • Take Esomeprazole for the entire duration of the treatment, even if you begin to feel better.

Frequently asked questions

Esomeprazole

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 28 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)