What is Nexium Control?
Nexium Control is a so-called proton pump inhibitor, a type of medicine that decreases the production of stomach acid. Nexium Control tablets contain the active ingredient esomeprazole. Esomeprazole increases gastric pH, which helps reduce irritation to the lining of the stomach, and decreases the production of stomach acid.
What is Nexium Control used for?
Nexium Control is used to treat acid reflux symptoms. In the condition known as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux, stomach acid is allowed to flow back into the food pipe, where it causes pain and a burning sensation known as heartburn. The acid can also cause the lining of the food pipe to become inflamed.
How to use Nexium Control
Nexium Control tablets may be taken at any time of the day, either with or without food. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water; do not chew or crush them. This is because the tablets contain granules which are covered in a special coating to protect them from acid breakdown in the stomach. Therefore, it is very important not to damage the granules. If you have difficulty swallowing the tablets whole they can be dispersed in a glass of still water. (Do not use carbonated water or other liquids.) Stir until the tablet disintegrates and the water is cloudy. Drink the mixture immediately or at least within 30 minutes (stir again before drinking). Then rinse the glass around with water and drink to make sure you have taken all the medicine.
Nexium Control is available without a prescription in 20-mg tablets. The usual dose is one tablet once a day. Do not take more than the recommended dose, even if it does not relieve the symptoms immediately. Nexium Control may take two to three days to take effect. This medicine should not be used for longer than two weeks at a time. If your symptoms have not improved by this time, consult a doctor.
Like all medicines, Nexium Control may cause a number of side effects, although not everybody gets them. The most common side effects are:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms: diarrhoea, stomach ache, constipation, flatulence;
- Nausea or vomiting.
For a complete list of side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Nexium Control
Nexium Control should not be used if you are allergic to one of the ingredients in this medicine or to proton pump inhibitors, such as pantoprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole or omeprazole. For a list of all the ingredients in Nexium Control, see the package leaflet. If in doubt, consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
Avoid using Nexium Control if you are pregnant. Nexium Control should not be used while breastfeeding. Seek medical advice if you are pregnant and need to use Nexium Control. Although it is not likely that Nexium Control affects your ability to drive safely, it may cause dizziness in some people. Stay out of traffic if you experience this side effect. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Nexium Control.