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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.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. To prepare the suspension, empty the contents of the packet into a container with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of water. Stir the mixture, and let it stand for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken. Once thickened, stir the mixture and drink it. You must drink the prepared suspension within 30 minutes of preparation. Take this medicine at least 1 hour before meals. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 1 month for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
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:
low levels of magnesium in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to esomeprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
It can take several days before your stomach pains get better. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better or if it gets worse.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
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