My 9 year-old has been diagnosed with GERD. Is it safe for him to be on Nexium?
Yes. Earlier this year, the FDA approved Nexium for short-term use in children ages 1-11 years for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease . Both the liquid and delayed-release pill forms were approved. As opposed to children ages 12-17, the approved dose for younger children is 10-20 mg a day, for eight weeks. Most common side effects were headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain. At this point, use of Nexium in children under the age is 1 is not recommended. You should check with your child's pediatrician to see if there are any contraindications to him starting the drug.
I am a 35 year old female who has been suffering from GERD symptoms the past few months. I tried taking Prilosec-OTC and more recently Nexium without relief. Any suggestions?
There are many reasons why the medications you have taken might not be controlling your symptoms. First of all, you must make sure that y...
Are Heatburn Drugs Dangerous for the Heart? Another recent news item was a report that the proton pump inhibitors Nexium (left) and Prilosec (below) might be bad for the heart. The FDA began investigating reports that Astra Zeneca, the manufacturer of the popular acid reflux drugs , had two small studies that suggested the possibility of a risk. Those studies had compared heartburn sufferers over 5 to 14 years who were treated with either medication or surgery . The study found that more patients treated with the drugs had heart attacks, heart failure or heart-related sudden death, as compared to those treated with surgery. The FDA concluded, however, that the patients who underwent surgery were younger and healthier than those treated by drugs, suggesting the heart link was a coincidence. The FDA took the possibility of a link seriously, and looked at 14 additional studies, finding no evidence of a heart risk . While the FDA plans to complete its probe over th...
Generic Name: ESOMEPRAZOLE DELAYED-RELEASE CAPSULE - ORAL Pronounced: (ES-oh-MEP-ra-zole) Nexium Oral Interactions
See also How to Use section.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or
increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all
possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including
prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your
doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any
medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug
St. John's wort
Some products need stomach acid so that the body can
absorb them properly. Esomeprazole decreases stomach acid, so it may change how
well these products work. Some affected products include amphetamines,
atazanavir, digoxin, iron supplements, azole...
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