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Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that decreases the amount of acid produced by the stomach. This drug is primarily used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It can also treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, promote healing of erosive esophagitis, and prevent gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori infection or NSAID use.
Nexium does not provide immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Nexium exactly as prescribed.
Nexium may increase your risk of bone fractures in the hip, wrist or spine. This is most likely to occur in patients over 50 who take Nexium at high doses or for a long period of time.
You may need special dosage or testing if you have:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Nexium may affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor that treats you that you take Nexium.
Common side effects of Nexium include:
More serious side effects include:
Can I split a Nexium capsule?
No. The capsule is designed to slowly release medication, and should not be broken or split.
Will Nexium relieve my heartburn?
Nexium can help relieve symptoms of GERD and heal erosions in the esophagus, but it is not an immediate treatment for heartburn.