Medication for stomach acid: important facts

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Whilst there are a number of different problems for which the medication Nexium may be used, it is commonly used by people who suffer from the excess production of acid in the stomach and the various problems that can stem from this excess acid. Nexium is part of a group of medications that are collectively known as proton pump inhibitors and it can help users in a variety of ways. Some of the ways in which Nexium can help users include:
  • The treatment of various conditions that relate to excessive acid production in the stomach such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Helps with the healing of damage that has been caused to the oesophagus as a result of excessive acid production in the stomach
  • Can help in the prevention of stomach ulcers that are caused through a variety of factors, such as infection or from taking non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Can help provide relief to those that suffer from persistent heartburn, which can be particularly effective for those that suffer from night time heartburn, which can affect sleep and can impact on your quality of life over time
There are some important facts that you need to consider when you are thinking of taking Nexium, some of which include:
  • People with allergies to certain drugs may not be able to take Nexium, so you need to make your doctor aware of your medical history and any known allergies before you take this treatment
  • You may need to take Nexium in conjunction with antibiotics depending on your condition. If this is the case make sure that you take all of your medications exactly as directed in order to ensure that they are as effective as possible
  • You may find that you experience relief of your symptoms before you have finished the course of tablets. However, this does not mean that the condition has been cured and you should continue with the course of treatment as directed even if you feel better
  • This medication may not be suited to those with certain health conditions such as low magnesium levels in the blood or severe liver problems. If you suffer from either of these you should make sure that you advise your doctor before you start taking Nexium
  • You may experience side effects when taking Nexium such as increased heart rate, dizziness, jitters, muscle weakness or cramps or seizures. These are the more serious side effects that you should seek advice about if you experience them. The milder side effects may include dry mouth, headaches, diarrhoea or nausea

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