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ESOMEPRAZOLE (es oh ME pray zol) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, certain bacteria in the stomach, and inflammation of the esophagus. It can also be used to prevent ulcers in patients taking medicines called NSAIDs.
You can also buy this medicine without a prescription to treat the symptoms of heartburn. The non-prescription product is not for long-term use, unless otherwise directed by your doctor or health care professional.
Take this medicine by mouth. Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription or product label. Do not crush, break or chew. The capsules can be opened and the contents sprinkled on applesauce. Do not crush the contents into the food. This medicine works best if taken on an empty stomach at least one hour before a meal. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
bone, muscle or joint pain
chest pain or chest tightness
dark yellow or brown urine
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded
fever or sore throat
rash on cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
stomach pain or gas
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
St. John's Wort
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bloody or black, tarry stools
have had heartburn for over 3 months
have heartburn with dizziness, lightheadedness, or sweating
low levels of magnesium in the blood
unexplained weight loss
vomiting with blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to esomeprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you are taking this medicine without a prescription, it may take 1 to 4 days for it to fully relieve your heartburn.
If you are using this medicine with a prescription from your healthcare professional for a more serious condition, it can take several days before your condition gets better. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better, or if it gets worse.
If you take this medicine for long periods of time, you may need blood work done.
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