Nexium comes in the form of a long-acting capsule. It is a prescription drug formulated to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn) and other conditions that may produce excess stomach acid. Nexium treats symptoms of heartburn by reducing the amount of acid that may be produced in the stomach.
Take Nexium an hour before a meal, once daily at the same time. Because it works as a long-acting capsule, do not chew, crush or split before swallowing.
Before using Nexium, you must talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, suffering from liver disease, on antibacterial agents or undergoing penicillin therapy. Your doctor will decide if you can take Nexium at all or if you just need special monitoring during treatment.
If you miss a dose, take that dose as soon as you can remember. However, you should just skip it if it is nearly time for your next dose. Double dosing is discouraged.
While it is unlikely for you to experience side effects from the fairly tolerable Nexium, you may experience cough, constipation, diarrhea or headache during treatment. Other more serious, but still unlikely, side effects include an allergic reaction, chest pain, stomach pain, throat pain and vomiting. Seek emergency medical help if you experience the more serious side effects or prolonged versions of the milder ones.
Store the heartburn medicine in a tight container in controlled room temperature.
If you significantly overdose on Nexium, you may experience drowsiness, loss of coordination, shortness of breath, tremors and even seizures. Seek emergency medical help even if you just suspect an overdose and have not yet experienced symptoms.
Inform your doctor about any other medication you are taking, whether they are over the counter, prescription or herbal.