TREATING ACID REFLUX DISEASE

What Helps

If you think you may have acid reflux disease, ask your doctor which treatment option might make sense for you. Three categories of acid reflux disease medicines include:

Antacids

These neutralize stomach acid. They can provide fast relief from occasional heartburn, but it’s usually short term. If you're taking antacids more than 2x a week, it could mean you have a more serious condition.

H2 blockers

These reduce acid production in the stomach by blocking a signal that leads to acid secretion. They can help heal possible damage to the esophagus that may be caused by acid reflux disease.

Proton pump inhibitors
(PPIs)

These turn off some of the "acid pumps" in the stomach's acid-producing cells. Most PPIs are available only with a doctor's prescription. PPIs can provide heartburn relief and heal possible damage to the esophagus that may be caused over time by acid reflux disease.

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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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