Esomeprazole is a Medication that is Used to Treat a Number of Conditions
Esomeprazole is a medication that is used
to treat a number of conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Esomeprazole
is also available over the counter and is indicated for adults who have heartburn two
or more days a week. Prescription-only esomeprazole is indicated for many acid-related conditions
such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, as well as erosive esophagitis, and
H. pylori infections. It is also used to prevent stomach ulcers in people taking NSAIDs.
Esomeprazole belongs to a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It works by decreasing
the amount of acid made in the stomach.This medication is available as capsules, as packets
for preparation of delayed-release oral suspensions, as an injectable. The oral forms are usually
taken once a day, at least one hour before a meal. Injectable esomeprazole is given directly
into a vein (IV) by a healthcare provider, usually once daily.
Common side effects include headache, diarrhea, and nausea.