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Brand name: Nexium

Nexium contains the active ingredient esomeprazole. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Nexium reduces the amount of acid made by the stomach. It is used to treat conditions where there is too much acid, or where the acid irritates the stomach area. This includes reflux oesophagitis, pain caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ulcers and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Nexium comes as tablets or granules in sachets. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water, not chewed or broken. The granules need to be mixed in water just before taking. Do not crush or chew the granules.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: esomeprazole

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If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Nexium 10 mg enteric coated granules, 30 sachets

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

NEXIUM is indicated for: Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) -Treatment of erosive reflux oesophagitis -Long-term management of patients with healed oesophagitis to prevent relapse -Symptomatic treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) Patients requiring NSAID therapy: -Short-term treatment of upper gastrointestinal symptoms associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID (non-selective and COX-2 selective) therapy. -Healing of gastric ulcers associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID (non-selective and COX-2 selective) therapy. -Prevention of gastric and duodenal ulcers associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID (non-selective and COX-2 selective) therapy in patients at risk. Prevention of rebleeding of gastric or duodenal ulcers following treatment with NEXIUM IV solution by intravenous infusion. Pathological hypersecretory conditions including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and idiopathic hypersecretion. In combination with appropriate antibiotics for: -Healing of duodenal ulcer associated with Helicobacter pylori. -Eradication of Helicobacter pylori in patients with active or healed peptic ulcer.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Pale yellow fine granules. Brownish granules may be visible.
Dosage Form Granules, enteric-coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
30 sachets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Sachet
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
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