• Hyperacidity, GERD, and ulcers

Nexium Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Esomeprazole (as magnesium trihydrate) 20mg, 40mg; caps containing e-c del-rel pellets.

Pharmacological Class

Proton pump inhibitor.

How Supplied

Caps—30, 90, 1000; Susp—30 packets; IV soln (single-use vial)—10

Generic Availability


Nexium Indications


Triple therapy (w. amoxicillin + clarithromycin) for H. pylori eradication in duodenal ulcer disease. Short-term treatment and maintenance of healing of erosive esophagitis (EE), symptomatic GERD. Short-term treatment of EE due to acid-mediated GERD in infants 1 month–<1yr. To reduce risk of NSAID-associated gastric ulcer. Long-term treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).

Nexium Dosage and Administration


Take 1hr before food. Caps: swallow whole or may open caps and sprinkle pellets on 1 tablespoon applesauce and take immediately. May open caps and mix granules in 50mL of water and give via NG tube; flush tube with more water. Susp: mix 2.5mg packet with 5mL of water; mix 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg packet with 15mL of water. Leave 2–3 mins to thicken, then stir and drink within 30 mins. NG or gastric tube: see full labeling. Triple therapy: esomeprazole 40mg once daily + amoxicillin 1g twice daily + clarithromycin 500mg twice daily; all for 10 days. EE: 20 or 40mg once daily for 4–8 weeks, may continue 4–8 more weeks. Maintenance of healing of EE: 20mg once daily. Symptomatic GERD: 20mg once daily for 4 weeks, may continue 4 more weeks. NSAID-associated ulcer risk reduction: 20mg or 40mg once daily for up to 6 months. Hypersecretory conditions: initially 40mg twice daily, adjust if needed; doses up to 240mg daily have been used. Severe hepatic impairment: see full labeling.


EE due to acid-mediated GERD: <1 month: not established. 1 month–<1yr: 3kg–5kg: 2.5mg; >5kg–7.5kg: 5mg; >7.5kg–12kg: 10mg; for all: give once daily for up to 6 weeks. Healing of EE: <1yr: not established. 1–11yrs: <20kg: 10mg; ≥20kg: 10 or 20mg; 12–17yrs: 20 or 40mg; for all: give once daily for up to 8 weeks. Symptomatic GERD: <1yr: not established. 1–11yrs: 10mg once daily for up to 8 weeks; 12–17yrs: 20mg once daily for 4 weeks.

Nexium Contraindications


Concomitant rilpivirine-containing products.

Nexium Boxed Warnings

Not Applicable

Nexium Warnings/Precautions


Symptomatic response does not preclude gastric malignancy. Discontinue and evaluate if acute tubulointerstitial nephritis, severe cutaneous adverse reactions, or cutaneous/systemic lupus erythematosus occurs. Long-term therapy (eg, >3yrs) may lead to malabsorption/deficiency of Vit. B12. Monitor magnesium levels during prolonged therapy. Consider monitoring magnesium, calcium levels in those with preexisting risk of hypocalcemia (eg, hypoparathyroidism). Increased risk of fundic gland polyps with long-term use (esp. >1yr) or osteoporosis-related fractures (hip, wrist or spine) with long-term (>1yr) and multiple daily dose PPI therapy. Use lowest dose for shortest duration appropriate to condition. Pregnancy. Nursing mothers.

Nexium Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Nexium Interactions


Avoid concomitant St. John's wort, rifampin, nelfinavir. May potentiate saquinavir; monitor for toxicity. May reduce absorption of gastric pH-dependent drugs (eg, iron salts, erlotinib, dasatinib, nilotinib, mycophenolate mofetil, ketoconazole, itraconazole). Antagonizes clopidogrel; consider alternative anti-platelets. May affect drugs metabolized by CYP2C19. May potentiate digoxin, tacrolimus, cilostazol (consider reduced dose), citalopram (limit dose to max 20mg/day), high-dose methotrexate (consider temporary withdrawal of PPI). Caution with drugs that may cause hypomagnesemia (eg, digoxin, diuretics); monitor. Monitor INR, PT with warfarin. Potentiated by voriconazole; may need to adjust esomeprazole dose in Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. May give antacids concomitantly. May cause false (+) results in diagnostic investigations for neuroendocrine tumors; discontinue esomeprazole 14 days prior to CgA level assessment; may need repeat test. May cause false (+) results with secretin stimulation test or urine tests for tetrahydrocannabinol.

Nexium Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, flatulence, constipation, dry mouth, inj site reactions, dizziness, vertigo; possible C. difficile-associated diarrhea; rare: rash, allergic reactions, hypomagnesemia and mineral metabolism. Children: Also, somnolence, regurgitation, tachypnea, increased ALT.

Nexium Clinical Trials

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Nexium Note


See Biaxin for more information on clarithromycin. See Amoxil for more information on amoxicillin.

Nexium Patient Counseling

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