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Esomeprazole is a medication used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, H. pylori infections, and other conditions. It belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, which decrease the amount of acid in your stomach by blocking the acid production sites. The medication is typically taken once a day. Potential side effects of esomeprazole include nausea, headaches, and diarrhea.

What Is Esomeprazole?

Esomeprazole (marketed under the brand name Nexium®) is a medication that is used to treat a number of conditions within the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Nexium is also known as "the purple pill" because it is a purple capsule with two or three gold rings, depending on the strength.

Who Makes It?

Esomeprazole is manufactured by AstraZeneca and sold under the brand name Nexium.

What Is Esomeprazole Used For?

This medication is licensed to treat a number of conditions. These uses include:
  • Treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Treatment of erosive esophagitis
  • Prevention of stomach ulcers in people taking non-steroidal 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.

How Does It Work?

Esomeprazole is part of a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It decreases the amount of acid in your stomach by blocking the acid production sites.
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