Nexium (limited time sale here) is the brand name for esomeprazole. It is also known as The Purple Pill. It was discovered by AstraZeneca, but as of 2014, the pharmaceutical company granted privilege to Pfizer to sell a generic version of it.
Originally, Nexium was only used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. Throughout the years, other benefits of Nexium were recognized including how it may help those who have other conditions that cause excessive stomach acid such as the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Additionally, in people who have erosive esophagitis, Nexium helps heal the areas where damaged by stomach acid. Nexium may be used as a preventative drug for people who have helicobacter pylori or use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
Despite over 200 million prescriptions being written for Nexium since it entered the market, some people do not react well to the active ingredients in the medication. Common side effects of Nexium include digestive tract issues like diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal pain, constipation and nausea. Other side effects of Nexium are as follows: headaches, dry mouth, seizures, kidney problems, confusion, an unsteady heart rate and acute intestinal nephritis. People who take Nexium for a prolonged period of time are at risk for various side effects like low magnesium, atrophic gastritis, an increased risk of fractures and low vitamin B12 levels.
Although Nexium provides relief to a great deal of patients, it is not recommended for everyone. Patients who had an allergic reaction to Protonix, Prilosec or Prevacid should not take Nexium. People who are 50 or older who have conditions that affect bone density should not take this medication due to its ability to increase a person’s risk of bone fractures. People who have severe liver disease or low magnesium levels should not take this drug either. Nexium reacts with several medications including warfarin, St. John’s wort, ferrous sulfate, diazepam, digoxin and atazanavir, among others.