Several different conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, and intestines can be treated with esomeprazole magnesium (Nexium®). These uses include:
- Treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Treatment of erosive esophagitis
- Prevention of stomach ulcers in people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen
- Treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections
- Treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions in which stomach acid is greatly overproduced, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Commonly known as "the purple pill," esomeprazole magnesium is typically taken once a day at least one hour before a meal. While most people tolerate this product well, side effects are possible; common ones include headache, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
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