Esomeprazole reduces the amount of acid in your stomach, helping heartburn and other GERD symptoms go away. Also, by lowering the amount of stomach acid, any damage to the esophagus, stomach, or intestines has time to heal.
General considerations for when and how to take esomeprazole include the following:
- The medication comes in capsule and powder form (used to make an oral suspension). Normally, it should be taken once a day, at least one hour before a meal.
- Esomeprazole should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your system.
- The powder comes in single-dose packets. Mix one packet with 15 mL (1 tablespoon) of water and let sit for two or three minutes to thicken. Stir and drink within 30 minutes. If any medication remains in the container, add more water, stir, and drink again.
- For esomeprazole to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of esomeprazole your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.
(Click Esomeprazole Dosing for more information.)