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A 23-year-old male asked:

Can i take nexium (esomeprazole) more then 14 days? it helped a lot with my abdominal pain. doctor prescribed me 40mg but too expensive so i used the 20mg.

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Perfect: You can take it >14 days and it's a great idea to lower the dose for maintenance therapy. Good job!
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
You can use it : More long term but you want to make sure there is a good plan of action about how long is OK. PPIs like nexium (esomeprazole) aren't totally benign. They can cause decreased iron, B12, and magnesium absorption. Long term use can affect bone density and predispose you to infections like pneumonia and enteric (GI) infections too.
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Last updated Apr 12, 2015

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