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Esomeprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) that’s used to treat severe cases of acid reflux known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

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How to take - Side Effects - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

It’s given by injection, usually because the person’s acid reflux has irritated and inflamed their throat so badly that taking tablets has become painful.

If your acid reflux has reached a severe level, speak to our doctors about esomeprazole. They’ll discuss your symptoms and decide whether or not this is the right medication for you.

Esomeprazole is a short-term treatment given as an injection

Esomeprazole Dosage

While esomeprazole injections are sometimes given by a doctor, in many cases you’ll be allowed to self-administer your injections at home. In this case, you’ll be shown how to do it properly.

It’s important that you only take esomeprazole as instructed by a doctor. It’s designed to be a short-term solution until you’re well enough to take tablets again, so you shouldn’t use a higher dose or longer course of treatment without talking to a GP first.

If you accidentally miss a dose, you should take it when you realise unless it’s nearly time for your next dose. If this happens, you should never take two doses at once. Simply skip one and return to your normal schedule.

While taking esomeprazole at home, make sure you keep syringes and needles stored safely and don’t reuse them. In particular, keep them out of reach of children and dispose of them responsibly when you’re finished taking your medicine.

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What Are The Side Effects of Esomeprazole?

Common side effects of esomeprazole include drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, diarrhoea, wind, nausea and a dry mouth. These are usually mild and will pass once you’re done taking esomeprazole.

However, there are some serious, if rare, side effects that you should tell your doctor about straight away if you notice them. They include:

  • Severe diarrhoea that’s bloody or very watery
  • Blood in your vomit
  • A stomach ulcer
  • Pain in your throat, chest or stomach
  • Difficulty swallowing food

There is also an increased risk of fractures when taking esomeprazole, particularly in elderly patients.

Seek emergency medical help straight away if you think you’re having an allergic reaction to esomeprazole. Symptoms of this include difficulty breathing, a swollen face or throat, or a severe skin rash.

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A sore throat is one possible side effect of esomeprazole

Things to avoid

Your doctor will need to know about any other medication you’re taking before they can prescribe esomeprazole. It may not be suitable for people taking other drugs such as diuretics and blood thinners. There are even some nutrient supplements that shouldn’t be mixed with this medicine.

You’ll also need to mention any allergies you have, so that your doctor knows it’s safe to give you esomeprazole.

It may be potentially unsafe for you to take esomeprazole is you have:

  • Low levels of potassium, magnesium or vitamin b12
  • Liver problems
  • A history of stomach or bowel cancer
  • Osteoporosis

Esomeprazole and Alcohol

Alcohol can make side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness worse, so it’s recommended you don’t drink alcohol during your treatment.

In addition, alcohol is also a known trigger that can make acid reflux worse.

Is It Safe to Take Esomeprazole During Pregnancy?

There’s not enough information available to know whether or not esomeprazole is safe to take during pregnancy. You should discuss the risks with your doctor beforehand.

It’s not recommended for breastfeeding mothers, due to the possibility of the drug getting into your breast milk and potentially harming your baby.

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The risks around esomeprazole and pregnancy aren't fully understood

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For help dealing with your acid reflux, talk to one of our UK-based GPs today. If they decide you need esomeprazole, they’ll write you a prescription there and then and you’ll be able to collect your medicine from a pharmacy of your choice.

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