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.
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
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
fever or sore throat
rash on cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun
signs and symptoms of kidney injury like trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
signs and symptoms of low magnesium like muscle cramps; muscle pain; muscle weakness; tremors; seizures; or fast, irregular heartbeat
unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antifungals like itraconazole, ketoconazole, and voriconazole
certain antivirals for HIV or hepatitis
certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
medicines for anxiety, panic, and sleep like diazepam
medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
St. John's wort
This does not apply.
This does not apply. You will not be given this medicine to use at home.
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
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. 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.
This medicine may cause a decrease in vitamin B12. You should make sure that you get enough vitamin B12 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.