Nexium

(esomeprazole)

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Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers.

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Our bottom line

Nexium (esomeprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief but has some risks if used long term.

Quick facts about Nexium
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (esomeprazole)
Prices and discounts
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  • Price before coupon
    $295.41
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    $29.45
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Upsides

  • Most people can take Nexium (esomeprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once a day.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need quicker relief.
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) is inexpensive, with over-the-counter and generic options.
  • Coupons are available for the brand name - speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • The packet form is a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills.They can be mixed with water for easier swallowing.

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Downsides

  • Doesn't start working right away like antacids (Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox).
  • It can take several days or weeks to start feeling benefits.
  • May not be the best choice for patients 65 years of age and older due to risk of bone fractures and severe diarrhea.

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Lowest price for 30 40mg capsules
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$29.45
  • Price before coupon
    $295.41
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $29.45
    90% savings
How it works

Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It treats heartburn and heals ulcers by lowering the amount of acid in your stomach.

Quick facts about Nexium
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (esomeprazole)

Used for

  • GERD
  • H. Pylori bacterial infection
  • Prevention and treatment of NSAID-induced gastric ulcers

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Packet
People’s experience with Nexium

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What to expect when you take Nexium (esomeprazole) for Reducing stomach acid

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Side effect rates for Nexium (esomeprazole)

Risks and Warnings for Nexium (esomeprazole)

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  • Heartburn and feelings of upset stomach can be warning signs of a more serious stomach problem or cancer. If your symptoms do not go away after two weeks, worsen, or recur after completing a course of treatment with Nexium (esomeprazole), speak to your doctor.

Common concerns from people taking Nexium (esomeprazole)

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Interactions
  • Since some prescription drugs can interact with Nexium (esomeprazole), talk to your doctor about all the medicines that you're taking.
Food
  • Reviewed Nexiumon 5/28/2017Take about an hour and half before first meal of the day, works like a charm. Best medicine I have tried and has helped to reversed damage to my esophogus.
    50
    Man
    Two years or more
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Kidneys and liver
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) can cause acute kidney damage that can occur at any time during treatment. If you notice blood in the urine, changes in urine output, swelling of the body, weight gain, fever, or confusion, stop taking Nexium (esomeprazole) and speak to your doctor immediately.