Nexium works by decreasing the amount of acid manufactured in the stomach. Nexium is used to treat dyspepsia, peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. When used to treat GERT, Nexium heals the esophagus, thereby preventing further damage. When combined with other medications, Nexium is an effective treatment for the prevention and treatment of stomach ulcers.
Nexium comes in the form of a slow-release capsule to be taken orally. The usual dose is one capsule every day, one hour before eating. For best results take Nexium at the same time every day. The capsule should be swallowed whole. Do not chew or crush the capsule. If the patient has difficulty in swallowing the whole capsule, it may be opened and the granules poured on a spoon of sauce. This must be swallowed immediately. Nexium should be taken in strict accordance with the doctor’s directions. Do not take Nexium for a longer than the prescribed period.
If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as you remember, as long as it does not clash with the next scheduled dose. In this case, rather skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose.
Your doctor should be informed of your full medical history, as well as all medications you are using as certain medications react adversely when used with Nexium.