Nexium Control, also known by the active ingredient Esomeprazole, treats heartburn and stomach ulcers. It works by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. It is also used to protect your stomach lining from medications like anti-inflammatories and steroids. Esomeprazole can come in many different formulations; however, tablets are the most common.
Esomeprazole is available as over–the–counter treatment for adults over the age of 18 for short-term treatment of reflux symptoms (heartburn and acid regurgitation).
It is also prescribed for treating a stomach ulcer and used with antibiotics to treat a bacteria called H-pylori and for stomach acid suppression. It can also be prescribed for children to treat these conditions. However, this is only ever done under the close supervision of their doctor.
If your symptoms worsen or do not improve after taking this medicine for 14 days, contact your doctor.
Esomeprazole belongs to a class of medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. The drug switches off the stomach acid-producing cells, meaning there is less acid in the stomach to irritate the stomach lining and food pipe (oesophagus).
Some people are bound to get unwanted side effects, as with any medication. Some common ones include headaches, nausea and vomiting, constipation, wind and stomach pain. If you develop severe muscle cramps, you should speak to your doctor about whether low magnesium levels could be linked to your symptoms. Esomeprazole can also increase your risk of diarrhoea and associated infections (C. difficile). You should inform your doctor if you get diarrhoea that does not resolve after a few days.
There is a greater risk of side effects with long-term use, and therefore any long term use should be through your doctors direction.
You should speak to your doctor before taking this medication if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. You should talk to your doctor if you are at risk of osteoporosis, as the medication can interfere with calcium absorption, which may further weaken your bones. A discussion with your doctor would also be sensible if you are known to have low levels of magnesium or have recently been suffering from diarrhoea.
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