Nexium prevents the production of acid in the stomach. Nexium is prescribed to prevent ulcers in patients taking drugs called NSAIDs. Nexium is prescribed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, certain bacteria in the stomach, and inflammation of the esophagus.
Nexium is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Liver disease;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Nexium, other drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
Do not take Nexium with any of the following drugs:
- Iron salts;
- Itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole, or other script drugs for fungus or yeast infections;
Nexium side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Breathing problems;
- Chest pain or tightness;
- Dark urine;
- Unusually weak or tired;
- Diarrhea or constipation;
- Dry mouth;
- Stomach pain or gas;
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
For relief of symptoms, the usual dosage is one 20-mg capsule daily for 4 weeks. If symptoms persist, your doctor may prescribe an additional 4 weeks of therapy.
To heal damage, the dosage is 20 or 40 mg of Nexium once daily for 4 to 8 weeks. If you haven't fully healed after 8 weeks, your doctor may prescribe an additional 4 to 8 weeks of therapy. To maintain healing, the dosage is 20 mg once daily.
As part of a three-drug treatment to rid the body of ulcer-causing H. Pylori bacteria, Nexium is prescribed at a dosage of 40 mg once daily for 10 days.
If you have severe liver problems, you should take no more than 20 mg of Nexium per day.