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Nexium is a prescription medication that treats persistent heartburn, otherwise known as acid reflux disease.

Nexium works by shutting off tiny acid pumps in your stomach. By reducing the amount of acid production in your stomach you stop heartburn symptoms from occurring.

Nexium capsules should be taken at least one hour before meals. For best results take Nexium at the same time every day. Do not chew or crush the capsules. If you have a hard time swallowing them, you can empty the contents onto a tablespoon of applesauce. The applesauce should be eaten right away. DO NOT store for later use.

It is not known whether Nexium passes through breast milk. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, do not take Nexium without first consulting with your doctor. Do not take more Nexium than prescribed. If you overdose seek medical attention. Symptoms of overdose include drowsiness, shortness of breath, tremor, loss of coordination, and seizures.

Before taking Nexium, tell your doctor if you have ever had any type of liver disease. Also, let your doctor know about any prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially if you are using prescription drugs to treat irregular heartbeat, fungal infections, or low iron counts.

Common side effects that patients experience while taking Nexium include headache, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, abdominal pain, constipation, and dry mouth. If you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives) while taking Nexium stop treatment and seek emergency medical attention.

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