Nexium's main influence is decreasing the levels of acid the stomach produces. It is used to help with conditions involving or provoked by excessive stomach acid, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It can also speed up the healing of your esophagus if it has been damaged by stomach acid (erosive esophagitis). Some patients are prescribed Nexium when they are exposed to helicobacter pylori infections that may cause gastric ulcer. Nexium is often taken with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to eleminate their side effects, as well.
You should swallow Nexium pills whole since breaking them would cause to much of the drug to be absorbed by your body within a very short time. If you are using delayed-release Nexium capsules, your best choice would be swallowing them without chewing, as well, but if you have got troubles swallowing medicines, there is a different option: open the capsule, sprincle the powder from it into a spoon of any pudding-quality food and swallow right away. Always wash Nexium down with a full glass of water.
If you have forgotten to take Nexium at one point, do not take two tablets the next time to make up for the missed one. Be careful as to avoid using too much of the drug. If you have already overdosed and are developing confusing, blurred vision, loss of coordination, convulsion, or severe headache, seek medical help immediately.