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Nexium granules for oral suspension are used to treat health conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammation of the stomach and esophagus, stomach acid, stomach acid reflux, ulcers in the stomach or intestines, and more.
Nexium granules for oral suspension contain the active ingredient esomeprazole magnesium, which belongs to a class of medications called proton pump inhibitors. It works by blocking the enzyme in the stomach that produces acid.
Use and Dosage
Nexium granules for oral suspension should be mixed in water and taken before a meal. The granules, when mixed with water, form a suspension that is designed to be swallowed and can provide relief from symptoms associated with these conditions.
The recommended dosage and duration of treatment will vary depending on the condition being treated. Follow the instructions of your healthcare provider.
To use Nexium granules for oral suspension, follow the instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist. Here is a general guide:
- Empty the contents of one packet of Nexium granules into a container.
- Add 15 mL of water to the container and stir well.
- Drink the mixture immediately, or within 30 minutes of stirring.
- After drinking the mixture, rinse the container with an additional 15 mL of water and drink it to ensure that you receive the full dose.
If you have difficulty swallowing the mixture, Nexium granules may also be administered through a nasogastric or gastric tube. In this case, you can mix the granules with 50 mL of water and then administer the mixture through the tube. Make sure to flush the tube with additional water after administering the medication.
Follow the dosing instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist, and to not exceed the recommended dosage. Consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about using Nexium granules for oral suspension.
Common Side Effects of Nexium Granules for Oral Suspension (Esomeprazole):
- Dry mouth
Serious Side Effects of Nexium Granules for Oral Suspension (Esomeprazole):
- Blisters, peeling, or bleeding skin
- Blood in urine
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Excessive tiredness
- Increased or decreased urination
- Irregular, fast, or pounding heartbeat
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle spasms
- New or worsening joint pain
- Rash on cheeks or arms that is sensitive to sunlight
- Severe diarrhea with watery stools
- Sores on the lips, nose, mouth, or genitals
- Stomach pain, or fever that does not go away
- Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, mouth, throat, or tongue
- Swollen glands, shortness of breath, fever, or flu-like symptoms
- Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
Forms and Strength
Nexium Granules for Oral Suspension (Esomeprazole) is available in the following forms and strength:
Nexium Granules for Oral Suspension: Sachet
- Allergic reactions: Individuals who are allergic to esomeprazole or any of its ingredients should avoid using these granules.
- Kidney problems: The use of Nexium granules may cause kidney damage or worsen pre-existing kidney problems.
- Liver problems: People with liver problems may require dose adjustment or special monitoring while using Nexium granules.
- Interference with nutrient absorption: Long-term use of Nexium granules can interfere with the body's ability to absorb nutrients such as vitamin B12 and magnesium.
- Increased risk of bone fractures: Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium granules may increase the risk of fractures in the hip, wrist, and spine.
- Increased risk of infections: PPIs like Nexium granules may increase the risk of infections like pneumonia, particularly in people who are older or have weakened immune systems.
- Interference with other medications: Nexium granules can interfere with the absorption of other medications, including antifungals, anticoagulants, and anti-HIV drugs.
- Increased risk of Clostridium difficile infection: Long-term use of PPIs like Nexium granules may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile, a potentially deadly bacterial infection of the colon.
- Increased risk of stomach cancer: Long-term use of PPIs like Nexium may increase the risk of developing stomach cancer, especially in people who are infected with Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
- Worsening of existing health conditions: Nexium granules can worsen certain health conditions, such as liver disease, lupus, and low magnesium levels.
- Use in pregnancy and breastfeeding: speak with a healthcare provider before using Nexium granules during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as there may be potential risks to the developing fetus or infant.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Nexium granules for oral suspension be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Speak with a healthcare provider before using Nexium granules for oral suspension during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as there may be potential risks to the developing fetus or infant.
How long can Nexium granules for oral suspension be taken?
The duration of treatment with Nexium granules for oral suspension will depend on the individual's health condition and should be determined by a healthcare provider. Long-term use of PPIs like Nexium may increase the risk of certain health issues, and patients should be monitored closely by a healthcare provider while taking these medications.
How long should I wait to eat after taking esomeprazole?
Esomeprazole works best if you take it at least an hour before meals. The medication needs to be activated in your stomach before it can start working.
It's important to purchase Nexium Granules for Oral Suspension from verified Canadian pharmacy.