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General information
Type: OTC / Prescription

What should I know before taking this drug?
Adverse reactions
Additional information if any
Esomeprazole is pronounced as : ee so MEP ra zol 
Esomeprazole is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner. 
Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. Esomeprazole works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.   
Esomeprazole is used in the treatment of
  • Ulcer
  • Gastro esphageal reflux disease
  • Zollinger Ellison syndrome
  • Erosive oesophagitis  
Esomeprazole is also used to prevent the gastric ulcer caused by helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and due to NSAIDs 
Take esomeprazole exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand the instructions on the prescription ask your pharmacist to explain them to you.
Esomeprazole can be taken with or with out food with a glass of water.
Swallow the cap as a whole, If you have difficult to swallow open the capsule and disperse the pellets in plain water stir the mixture and drink with in 30 minutes.
To prevent heartburn esomeprazole is usually taken 30 min before meals.
Esomeprazole can be taken along with the antacids. 
Children: safety and efficacy is not established in children.
Older people: Esomeprazole should be cautiously used in older people as they more sensitive to adver effects of it.
Pregnant women: esomeprazole belongs to FDA pregnancy category B. This means that esomeprazole is safe during pregnancy and is not expected to cause any harm to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether esomeprazole passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take esomeprazole with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding baby.
Other: Do not use Esomeprazole if you are allergic to similar drugs like pantoprazole, omeprazole.   
The following are the side effects of esomeprazole
Drowsiness or Diarrhea
Abdominal pain.   
Store esomeprazole at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely. 
Do not take the esomeprazole if you have liver or heart disease. Make sure you inform your doctor before you take this medication.
Esomeprazole cause dizziness, do not do skilled activities while taking the esomeprazole.
Avoid drinking alcohol as it worsens the condtion.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any additional information.

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: April 04, 2012