Long Term Side Effects Of Nexium

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The stomach medication Nexium has a long list of long-term effects. According to Astra-Zeneca, the manufacturer of Nexium, the long-term effects of Nexium are very similar to the short-term effects. The problem is, Nexium has a very long list of side effects for short-term usage. In fact, every part of the body seems to be affected in some way by Nexium.

What Is Nexium?

Nexium, also called esomeprazole, is used to treat conditions where too much acid is in the stomach. Nexium is used to treat duodenal ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease, also called GERD. Nexium works by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

Well Tolerated

According to the Nexium site and Astra-Zeneca, six to 12 months of using Nexium was well tolerated in a study of more than 2,900 patients. No year was cited for this study.

Interference

However, Nexium might interfere with the absorption of certain drugs where gastric pH levels are important. Nexium decreases the amount of acid in the stomach, and as a result, the effects of drugs such as atazavir and antiretroviral drugs were lessened.

Long List

Astra-Zeneca provides a long list of the side effects of Nexium. Short- and long-term usage of Nexium can result in: enlarged abdomen, chest pain, back pain, fatigue, fever, hot flushes, general malaise, bowel irregularities, thirst, vitamin B12 deficiency, cramps, dizziness, nervousness, impotence and migraines.

Mild Effects

Long-term usage of Nexium can also cause some other side effects, though these are more mild than some of the other side effects. Nexium can cause acne, dermatitis, a rash, abnormal urine, diarrhea that alternates with constipation.

Severe Effects

Astra-Zeneca says that atrophic gastritis has been noted occasionally in biopsies from patients using Nexium over a long term. What this means is that this leads to a loss of gastric glandular cells. Thus the hydrochloric acid and pepsin are impaired and can lead to digestive problems and vitamin B12 deficiency.

Talk to Your Doctor

While taking Nexium, talk to a healt- care professional about all the medications you are taking. While Nexium may help keep acid problems at bay, it may also interact or interfere with other medication. It is always best to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking to be on the safe side, and to keep side effects, both short-term and long-term, from happening.

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