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What is Nexium Used For & How Does It Work?

Nexium (generic: esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication that is used for the treatment of heartburn, ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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How Does Nexium Work?

Esomeprazole, the active ingredient in Nexium, works by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach. The drug is designed to relieve symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. Nexium helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus.

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What Does Nexium Do To Your Stomach?

Proton pump inhibitors like Nexium reduce stomach acid secretion. They affect the parietal cells in the stomach wall, which secrete hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor, an important factor in the absorption of vitamin B 12. Nexium works by inhibiting hydrogen potassium(H+/K+ ATPase), a transporter that is responsible for acidifying the stomach.

When Should I Take Nexium?

Nexium should be taken before the first meal of the day after a prolonged fast (typically in the morning) followed by food ingestion. Nexium is most effective when taken 30-60 minutes before a meal, preferably before breakfast.

How Long Does it Take for Nexium to Start Working?

If you take 1 tablet of Nexium in the morning, it should start working within an hour. Some people could experience protection from heartburn that day or by the evening. Full effect could take 2 to 3 days.

Does Nexium Raise Blood Pressure?

Nexium can increase the levels of tacrolimus in your body. This may cause high blood pressure and kidney damage.

What Happens When You Stop Taking Nexium?

You should not stop taking Nexium without talking to your doctor first. Quitting the drug suddenly could lead to withdrawal symptoms and make your stomach problems worse.

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