Esomeprazole (generic Nexium)

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Esomeprazole (generic Nexium) 

Esomeprazole (also known as Nexium, manufactured by Pfizer) is a protein pump inhibitor that is available as both a delayed-release capsule and as a delayed-release tablet. It is available as a prescription medication.

The medication is used to treat patients suffering from conditions caused by an excess of stomach acids such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), duodenal and gastric ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Esomeprazole is combined with antibiotics (like clarithromycin and amoxicillin) to treat stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria. Esomeprazole has been proven to be an effective preventative treatment for stomach irritation and ulcers in patients who have been taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen and aspirin for an extended period.

Side Effects of Esomeprazole

Like most medications, Esomeprazole may cause side effects that can include the following:

Common Side Effects

If the above symptoms become persistent or begin to affect your day-to-day life, it is recommended that you contact your Primary Care Physician as soon as possible.  

Serious Side Effects

  • Severe stomach pain

  • Watery or bloody diarrhea

  • Seizure, tremors, shaking or jerking muscles

  • Kidney problems

  • Irregular heartbeat 

  • New or worsening signs of lupus, including joint pain and a rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in the sun

It is recommended that you contact your doctor immediately or go to your nearest emergency room if you experience any of the above symptoms. 


These declarations come from the manufacturer of this medication and should not constitute medical advice. Please consult a doctor to see if this medication is right for you and how you should use it. Relief Seeker provides information about products and their manufacturers and does not offer any medical advice.