Acid Reflex, also known as Heartburn, is an irritation of the esophagus, which is caused by stomach acid. This leads to a burning discomfort in your upper belly or below your breastbone. When taken this medication helps heal acid damage to the stomach and the esophagus, and also helps prevent ulcers and may even help prevent cancer of the esophagus.
This medication is used to treat a variety of stomach and esophagus problems, such as acid reflux and ulcers. Generally this medication works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach creates. And in doing so it relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing and a persistent cough.
Esomeprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
This medication is to be taken by mouth as directed to you by your doctor. It is usually taken once a day, at least 1 hour before a meal. Remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.
There is various ways to take this medication, depending on the dose. Make sure you gain all the information that you can from your doctor on how you should take this medication.
Use the medication on a regular basis to gain the most benefit.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Esomeprazole; or to other PPIs (such as lansoprazole, omeprazole); or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history. Especially if have ever had any of the following; liver disease, lupus.
Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition. Get medical help right away if you have: heartburn with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating), unexplained weight loss.
Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Headache or abdominal pain may occur. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best then to speak with your doctor.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: symptoms of a low magnesium blood level (such as unusually fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, persistent muscle spasms, seizures), signs of lupus (such as rash on nose and cheeks, new or worsening joint pain).
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of bacteria. Do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid medications if you have any of the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, fever, blood/mucus in your stool.
Rarely, proton pump inhibitors (such as esomeprazole) have caused vitamin B-12 deficiency. The risk is increased if they are taken every day for a long time (3 years or longer). Tell your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency (such as unusual weakness, sore tongue, or numbness/tingling of the hands/feet).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon as you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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