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A 18-year-old female asked:

I've been prescribed nexium (esomeprazole) for heartburn related to naproxen . i've been taking it for a few days and it's worked well. when can i stop taking it?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Go see your doctor: Starting & stopping medications is something that should always be addressed by your doctor. Some things to consider: do you still need to take naproxen? If so, you may still need to take nexium. If no longer need naproxen, you may do fine stopping nexium. If you still have heartburn, see if you can benefit from less expensive generic Omeprazole rather than more expensive esomeprazole (nexium).
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
2-3d after stop Nprx: You should be able to stop the Nexium (esomeprazole) (side effect treater) about 3 days after you finish taking the naprosyn (side effect creator). If heartburn pain returns, just resume Nexium (esomeprazole) for another week.

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