Nexium is a brand product that contains Esomeprazole, which is a type of proton pump inhibitor. It works by stopping the proton pump to suppress acid production. It is used to treat GERD and peptic ulcers. It also helps with H. pylori eradication by allowing antibiotics to penetrate better to H. pylori.
Nexium is taken orally by mouth. The doses are different depending on its use.
For gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), take 20 mg once daily for 4 weeks, and can use it for another 4 weeks if symptoms do not resolve.
For peptic ulcers, take 20 mg twice daily for 7 days.
For H. pylori eradication, take 20-40 mg twice daily (with antibiotics).
For prevention of NSAID-associated ulceration, 20-40 mg once daily.
For Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, start with 40 mg twice daily. The usual daily dose is 80-160 mg in 2 divided doses.
People who are allergic to esomeprazole or any components of the formulation.
Common dosing schedule:
Nexium can be taken with or without food. It should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Nexium may interact with:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Nexium is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Nexium in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.