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...
Generic Name: ESOMEPRAZOLE DELAYED-RELEASE CAPSULE - ORAL Pronounced: (ES-oh-MEP-ra-zole) Nexium Oral Interactions
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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...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved
NEXIUM® delayed release capsules in children ages 12 to 17 for
the short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
NEXIUM was tested in adolescents ages 12 to 17 in a randomized,
double-blind parallel group study in which a total of 149 patients,
ages 12 to 17, with clinically diagnosed GERD were treated with
either NEXIUM 20mg or NEXIUM 40 mg once a day for up to eight
weeks. Reported side effects included headache, abdominal pain,
diarrhea and nausea.
Drug makers don't yet know if NEXIUM® is safe or effective
for treating GERD in children under 12 years old.
more about acid reflux.
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