WHAT CAUSES
ACID REFLUX DISEASE

Acid Backup

A faulty valve

The main cause of acid reflux disease is a problem with the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle. This muscle, which is the “valve” between the stomach and the esophagus, normally closes tightly after food has passed through to the stomach.

The LES does not stay closed in people with acid reflux disease. When this happens, acid and stomach contents may back up (reflux) into the esophagus. This acid backup can sometimes cause the painful, burning sensation known as heartburn or other symptoms.

Lifestyle factors to consider

There are lifestyle factors that can make heartburn worse. Some of these include:

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Eating too much food at one time
  • Wearing tight clothing that puts pressure on your stomach

Trigger foods to avoid

Certain foods can trigger heartburn symptoms
associated with acid reflux. Foods to avoid include:

  • Spicy, fried, or fatty foods
  • Tomato-based foods such as pizza,
    pasta sauce, and salsa
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Onions and garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Mint flavorings
  • Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks
  • Coffee and tea (caffeinated or decaffeinated)
  • Soda and other carbonated drinks

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Important Safety Information About NEXIUM

  • Symptom relief does not rule out the presence of other serious stomach conditions
  • NEXIUM may increase your risk of getting severe diarrhea. Call your doctor right away if you have watery stool, stomach pain and fever that does not go away
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for:
    • bone fractures if you take multiple daily doses of NEXIUM for a long period of time
    • low magnesium levels if you take NEXIUM for a long period of time
  • Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, prescription and non-prescription drugs, including clopidogrel, vitamins and herbal supplements. NEXIUM may affect how other medicines work and other medicines may affect how NEXIUM works
  • Side effects with NEXIUM include headache, diarrhea, and abdominal pain

Approved Uses for NEXIUM

NEXIUM is prescribed to treat the symptoms of acid reflux disease, which typically include persistent heartburn on 2 or more days per week, despite treatment and change of diet.

For many people, NEXIUM is also prescribed to heal damage to the esophagus called erosive esophagitis. This damage may be caused over time from stomach acid wearing away the lining of the esophagus. Only a doctor can diagnose this condition. With NEXIUM, most erosions heal in 4 to 8 weeks. Your results with NEXIUM may vary.

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