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Esomeprazole Suspension

Generic Name: Esomeprazole (ES-oh-MEP-ra-zole)Brand Name: Nexium

Esomeprazole Suspension is used for:

Treating heartburn or irritation of the esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may be used to prevent stomach ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It may be used with certain antibiotics to treat ulcers of the small intestine and to prevent them from coming back. It may be used to treat conditions that cause your body to make too much stomach acid (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Esomeprazole Suspension is a proton pump inhibitor. It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Do NOT use Esomeprazole Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Esomeprazole Suspension or to similar medicines (eg, omeprazole)
  • you are taking certain HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir, nelfinavir)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Esomeprazole Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Esomeprazole Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems or stomach or bowel cancer

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Esomeprazole Suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Voriconazole because it may increase the risk of Esomeprazole Suspension's side effects
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), cilostazol, digoxin, or saquinavir because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Esomeprazole Suspension
  • Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), clopidogrel, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir, nelfinavir), or iron because their effectiveness may be decreased by Esomeprazole Suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Esomeprazole Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Esomeprazole Suspension:

Use Esomeprazole Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Esomeprazole Suspension. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Take Esomeprazole Suspension by mouth on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before eating.
  • Tear open the medicine packet. Pour the medicine into a glass with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of water. Stir well. Allow the mixture to thicken for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir again. Drink the mixture within 30 minutes. If any medicine remains in the glass, add more water. Stir, then drink right away.
  • You may take antacids while you are using Esomeprazole Suspension if you are directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If you are also taking an imidazole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole), take it at least 2 hours before taking Esomeprazole Suspension.
  • If you also take sucralfate, take Esomeprazole Suspension at least 30 minutes before taking sucralfate.
  • Continue to take Esomeprazole Suspension even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Esomeprazole Suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Esomeprazole Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.
  • Esomeprazole Suspension may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Esomeprazole Suspension.
  • Caution is advised when using Esomeprazole Suspension in CHILDREN; they may be more likely to experience drowsiness from Esomeprazole Suspension.
  • Esomeprazole Suspension should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Esomeprazole Suspension while you are pregnant. It is not known if Esomeprazole Suspension is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Esomeprazole Suspension.

Possible side effects of Esomeprazole Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dry mouth; gas; headache; nausea; stomach pain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; dark urine; fast heartbeat; fever or chills; persistent sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe stomach pain; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include blurred vision; confusion; fast heartbeat; flushing; increased sweating; severe headache, drowsiness, or nausea.

Proper storage of Esomeprazole Suspension:

Store Esomeprazole Suspension at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Esomeprazole Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Esomeprazole Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Esomeprazole Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Esomeprazole Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Esomeprazole Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
  • esomeprazole Oral, Intravenous Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Nexium Consumer Overview
  • Nexium Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • Nexium Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Nexium I.V. Consumer Overview

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