Nexium 40mg decreases the amount of acid made in the stomach and is used to treat gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Nexium is treats the symptoms of GERD, allowing the esophagus to heal, and prevent further damage to the esophagus. It is also used in combination with other medications to prevent stomach ulcers. Nexium is in a class of medications called proton pump inhibitors.
Nexium 40mg comes as an extended release (long acting) capsule for oral administration. The general dosage for Nexium is a capsule a day, taken at least one hour before a meal. It is recommended to take Nexium at around the same time every day. The capsule should be swallowed whole. If you have difficulty swallowing capsules, you can open the capsule, and the granules can be sprinkled on applesauce and swallowed immediately. The granules should not be chewed or crushed. Follow your doctor`s directions on your prescription label. Don not take more of this medication or for a longer period of time than prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.