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please describe the medication: nexium (esomeprazole)?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Heartburn Medication: Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Also helps heal a damaged esophagus. Prevents stomach ulcers and stomach irritation in patients who take pain or arthritis medicine or nsaid.
Dr. AnYu Chen
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
The Purple Pill: It is one of the most widely prescribed medication in the world. It belongs to a class of medications called ppi's (proton pump inhibitors). It works by inhibiting proton pumps, a type of cells that produces acid, in a persons stomach. It is used to treat acid reflux, ulcers, h.Pylori bacteria infection, and is frequently used to treat stomach aches. It is very safe when used as prescribed.

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A 62-year-old male asked:

Nexium (esomeprazole)?

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Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine 24 years experience
PPI: Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor. It is a derivative of prilosec. It works by stopping the production of acid in the stomach. It is used for heart burn and stomach ulcers.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Nexium (esomeprazole) is not working what next?

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Dr. Michael Shim
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Try something else: Get investigated for whatever symptom you're having to make sure you actually have reflux. If you do or already had investigation, may simply need a different med in that class.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are the over-the-counter meds as effective as nexium (esomeprazole)?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Not quite: Over-the-counter medications work the same as Nexium (esomeprazole) for the most part if they are Prilosec or prevacid. The only difference is the dose is about one quarter of that a prescription medication so you will not get as much acid production.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How long should you be taking nexium (esomeprazole)?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Check with your GI!: Your gastroenterologist should determine that. Chronic ppi use has been linked to gastric lymphoma and should only be used when clearly indicated and expertly approved.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Any ideas for a healthy substitute for nexium (esomeprazole)?

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Dr. Ronnie Smith
Gastroenterology 46 years experience
Avoid carbonated : Drinks, drink lots of water and eat two medium sized red skinned apples daily - one mid morning and one mid evening. When heart burn occurs, immediately drink 16 ounces of water!

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