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WHAT IS NEXIUM 24HR?

  • Nexium 24HR is a non-prescription medication indicated for the treatment of frequent heartburn (two or more days a week) in adults (18 years and older). The active ingredient in Nexium 24HR is esomeprazole 20mg (as esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate).

  • The Nexium 24HR brand name refers to the dosage cycle (1 pill every 24 hours). Nexium 24HR is taken once in the morning for 14 consecutive days and may take 1 to 4 days for full effect.

  • The formulations of the 20mg non-prescription capsules (Nexium 24HR) and the prescription 20mg tablets (NEXIUM) contain the same active ingredient, esomeprazole (as esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate), although there are differences in indications and directions for use.

    Nexium 24HR is indicated for adults (18 years and older) with frequent heartburn — when you have heartburn two or more days a week — whereas prescription NEXIUM is indicated for many acid-related conditions.

  • Yes, all forms have the same formula, with 20mg of esomeprazole as the active ingredient.

  • The new yellow cap is an easy-to-open cap that has the Ease of Use recognition from the Arthritis Foundation. Nexium 24HR with Easy Open Cap is only available in 28-count.

  • Nexium 24HR has been prescribed by doctors in Canada for frequent heartburn1 and NEXIUM has been prescribed by doctors for over 15 years.

    For more product information, visit our About Nexium 24HR page.

HOW DOES NEXIUM 24HR WORK?

  • Cells in the lining of the stomach contain proton pumps that produce the acid your body uses during digestion. Heartburn can be caused when this stomach acid flows up into the esophagus. Nexium 24HR treats frequent heartburn by turning your acid pumps from on to off, reducing the amount of acid that rises into your esophagus and alleviating heartburn.

  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of medications that stop heartburn at the source by turning off many of the pumps that produce acid. Nexium 24HR belongs to this group of medications.

  • H2s treat heartburn by blocking one of the signals that tell your body to produce acid. However, if you use H2s over and over again, they can become less effective at treating heartburn.

    PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), like Nexium 24HR, treat frequent heartburn by blocking the production of acid with just 1 pill a day.

  • Antacids work quickly, by neutralizing the acid in your stomach, but last for only 1-3 hours after use. PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), like Nexium 24HR, treat frequent heartburn by blocking the production of stomach acid. PPIs are not intended for immediate relief.

  • Nexium 24HR is not intended for immediate relief and may take 1-4 days for full effect.

TAKING NEXIUM 24HR

  • People 18 years and older with frequent heartburn (occurring two or more days a week) can take Nexium 24HR.

  • Take one Nexium 24HR capsule with a glass of water before eating each morning for 14 consecutive days.

    Do not take more than one capsule each day. You should not chew the capsule or empty its contents into food or drink.

    Do not use Nexium 24HR for longer than 14 days unless your healthcare professional directs you to do so. You can repeat a 14-day regimen once every four months.

    Contact your healthcare professional with additional concerns regarding dosage.

  • You should take Nexium 24HR once daily, for 14 days. Please use as directed.

  • Do not take Nexium 24HR for longer than 14 days unless your healthcare professional directs you to do so. You can repeat a 14-day regimen once every four months.

    If you have questions, or concerns, or you continue to experience frequent heartburn, contact your primary healthcare professional.

  • If you miss or forget to take a dose of Nexium 24HR and remember within 12 hours, take one as soon as possible. Then go back to the regular schedule. However, if more than 12 hours have passed, do not take the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. Just take the next dose on time.

    If you have additional questions about dosage, contact your healthcare professional.

  • You should ask your physician or pharmacist before using Nexium 24HR while taking other medications.

  • You should not change or stop taking any prescriptions without first consulting with your healthcare professional. As always, it is important to discuss your frequent heartburn symptoms, lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise) and any acid-related conditions with your healthcare professional. Your healthcare professional may help determine if Nexium 24HR is the right option to treat your frequent heartburn.

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REFERENCES :

1. McRorie, J. W., Kirby, J. A., & Miner, P. B. (2014). Histamine2-receptor antagonists: Rapid development of tachyphylaxis with repeat dosing. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 5(2), 57