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Esomeprazole

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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

Nausea, Headache, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Flatulence

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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

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Is esomeprazole an antacid?
Esomeprazole belongs to the class of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is not an antacid as it does not neutralize the stomach acid by coating the stomach.

Q.

Is esomeprazole available over the counter?
No, esomeprazole is not available as an over-the-counter medication. It is a prescription medicine and is available only when prescribed by a physician.

Q.

Is esomeprazole better than omeprazole or lansoprazole or pantoprazole?
Esomeprazole, omeprazole, lansoprazole and pantoprazole belongs to the same class of medicines with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response. Always follow doctor's advice regarding its use.

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Does esomeprazole cause weight loss or weight gain?
Weight loss or weight gain has not been reported with use of omeprazole. In case you experience weight loss while using esomeprazole for a long time, please consult your physician or doctor as it may be an indication of an underlying problem or use of esomeprazole may mask the symptoms of stomach ulcer.

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Can I take esomeprazole with paracetamol (acetaminophen)?
It is safe to take esomeprazole with paracetamol (acetaminophen) as no drug-drug interactions have been reported. However, this does not mean that no interactions exist. Please consult your doctor while taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take esomeprazole with aluminium hydroxide and magnesium carbonate or other antacids?
There is no reported interaction between esomeprazole and antacids. However, antacids increase the pH of the stomach and esomeprazole requires a lower pH for its action and hence there could be a decreased action of esomeprazole if taken with antacids. This interaction can be avoided by taking antacids two hours before or after taking esomeprazole.

Q.

Does esomeprazole cause tinnitus?
Tinnitus has been reported as a rare side effect with esomeprazole (<1% patients taking esomeprazole). Please consult your doctor if you experience tinnitus while taking esomeprazole.

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Does esomeprazole contain lactose?
Esomeprazole contains lactose and sucrose. Please consult your doctor if you have intolerance to any sugars.

Q.

Is esomeprazole safe in pregnancy?
Esomeprazole should be taken during pregnancy only if it is considered necessary to be used by your doctor. It is found to be safe in animal studies but there are no human studies available.

Q.

Is esomeprazole a proton pump inhibitor (PPI)?
Yes, esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It lowers the production of acid in the stomach.

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Is esomeprazole an antibiotic?
No, esomeprazole is not an antibiotic.

Q.

Is esomeprazole safe?
Yes, esomeprazole is safe if taken for prescribed duration in prescribed doses as advised by your doctor.

Q.

Can I take esomeprazole with nitrofurantoin?
Esomeprazole can be taken with nitrofurantoin. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q.

Can I take ranitidine with esomeprazole?
Yes, esomeprazole can be taken with ranitidine. No drug-drug interactions have been seen between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q.

Can I take paracetamol with esomeprazole?
Esomeprazole can be taken with paracetamol. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q.

Can I take ibuprofen with esomeprazole?
Esomeprazole can be taken with ibuprofen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take hyoscine with esomeprazole?
Esomeprazole can be taken with hyoscine. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take esomeprazole with food?
Esomeprazole should preferably be taken one hour before meals.

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Does esomeprazole cause constipation?
Constipation has been reported as a common side effect of esomeprazole. Please consult your doctor if you experience this side effect.

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Does esomeprazole cause tiredness?
Tiredness is a rare side effect of esomeprazole. Please consult your doctor if you experience excessive tiredness as this may be due to underlying liver abnormalities as esomeprazole breaks down in the liver.

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Does esomeprazole cause weight loss?
Tell your doctor if you experience weight loss with esomeprazole as it may cause damage to your stomach lining on a long term use and weight loss could be an indication of the same.

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Does esomeprazole cause weight gain?
Weight gain has not be reported to occur with esomeprazole.

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Does esomeprazole cause hair loss?
Hair loss has been reported as a rare side effect of esomeprazole. Please consult your doctor in case you experience excessive hair fall while you are taking esomeprazole.

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Does esomeprazole affect birth control?
Esomeprazole does not seem to affect birth control, as no drug interactions have been reported between esomeprazole and oral birth control pills. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Does esomeprazole cause palpitations (increased heart rate)
Please talk to your doctor if you experience palpitations (increased heart rate) while taking esomeprazole as it can lower the magnesium levels in your body and this can cause palpitations.


Content on this page was last updated on 22 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)