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. Empty the contents of 1 packet into a container of water. The package your medicine comes in will tell you how much water to use. Stir gently and allow 2 to 3 minutes to thicken. Stir again and drink the medicine. Drink it within 30 minutes after mixing. If any medicine remains after drinking, add more water, stir, and drink at once. 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.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
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
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
Visit your healthcare professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work done while 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.