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Hendersonville, NC
A 45-year-old female asked:

is it safe to quit taking nexium (esomeprazole) after being on it 5 years?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Yes, but : Taper off slowly so to avoid rebound reflux. Use every other day for a few weeks and then every 3 days for a few weeks an then stop. That being said, if you have barrett's esophagus it is probably best to continue.
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Nexium: Is it safe to quit it? Yes. There will be no ill effects, other than the fact that you will once again be producing acid, and if the problem that you were treating before, presumably acid reflux, is still present, those symptoms will return. Good luck.

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Nexium (esomeprazole)?

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Dr. Vance Harris
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Will prolong use of Nexium (esomeprazole) bring any harm?

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