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    Information about Esomeprazole

    Esomeprazole uses

    Esomeprazole is used in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux) and peptic ulcer disease.

    How esomeprazole works

    Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach which helps in relief of acid related indigestion and heartburn.

    Common side effects of esomeprazole

    Headache, Nausea, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Flatulence, Dizziness, Dryness in mouth, Sleepiness, Rapid breathing, Increased liver enzymes
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    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
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    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    22 Nov 2019 | 10:51 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Esomeprazole

    • Esomeprazole should be taken one hour before the meal, preferably in the morning.
    • It is a well-tolerated medicine and provides relief for a long time.
    • Some healthy tips to prevent acidity from happening:
      • Avoid taking hot tea, coffee, spicy food, and chocolate. Instead, have cold milk and cold coffee as these help neutralize the acid in the stomach.
      • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
      • Avoid eating late at night or before bedtime.
    • Inform your doctor if you get watery diarrhea, fever or stomach pain that does not go away.
    • Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after taking it for 14 days as you may be suffering from some other problem that needs attention.
    • Long-term use of Esomeprazole can cause weak bones and a deficiency of minerals such as magnesium. Take adequate dietary intake of calcium and magnesium or their supplements as prescribed by your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Esomeprazole


    Q. Is Esomeprazole available over the counter?

    No, Esomeprazole is not available as an over-the-counter product. It is a prescription medicine and is available only when prescribed by a physician.

    Q. Can I take Esomeprazole with aluminum hydroxide and magnesium carbonate or other antacids?

    Esomeprazole can be taken with antacids like aluminum hydroxide and magnesium carbonate. However, antacids should be taken two hours before or one hour after taking Esomeprazole. This is because the other antacids can interfere with the effec of Esomeprazole when they are taken simultaneously.

    Q. Is Esomeprazole safe to use?

    Yes, Esomeprazole is safe if taken for prescribed duration in prescribed doses as advised by your doctor. However, its use is associated with some common side effects like nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and flatulence.

    Q. Can a patient undergoing dialysis take Esomeprazole?

    Esomeprazole can be taken by a patient undergoing dialysis in a manner as prescribed by the doctor. This is extensively bound to proteins in the body, so, it is not expected to be removed by dialysis.

    Q. Can I take Esomeprazole with domperidone?

    Esomeprazole can be taken with domperidone. Esomeprazole decreases the acid secretion and domperidone increases the gut motility and helps in reducing nausea and vomiting.

    Q. Can I take Esomeprazole with ranitidine?

    Yes, Esomeprazole can be taken with ranitidine. No drug-drug interactions or any harmful effects have been reported when they are used together. As Esomeprazole do take some days to show its action, so, ranitidine is given to the patients to immediate relief.

    Q. Can the use of Esomeprazole cause weight gain?

    Esomeprazole is not known to cause weight gain.

    Q. Can the use of 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. It is safe to take the two medications together.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)