esomeprazole (generic name)

It prevents the production of acid in the stomach
(es oh ME pray zol)
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What is this medicine?

ESOMEPRAZOLE (es oh ME pray zol) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, certain bacteria in the stomach, and inflammation of the esophagus. It can also be used to prevent ulcers in patients taking medicines called NSAIDs.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • liver disease
  • low levels of magnesium in the blood
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to esomeprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, break or chew. The capsules can be opened and the contents sprinkled on applesauce. Do not crush the contents into the food. This medicine works best if taken on an empty stomach at least one hour before a meal. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • atazanavir
  • nelfinavir

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • ampicillin
  • digoxin
  • diuretics
  • iron salts
  • itraconazole
  • ketoconazole
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

It can take several days before your stomach pains get better. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better, or if it gets worse.

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • bone, muscle or joint pain
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain or chest tightness
  • dark yellow or brown urine
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • feeling faint or lightheaded
  • fever or sore throat
  • muscle spasms
  • tremors
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusually weak or tired
  • upset stomach
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • nausea
  • stomach pain or gas
  • vomiting

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: June 24, 2013
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