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Generic Name:

esomeprazole, Oral capsule

Generic Name:
Nexium,Nexium 24HR

esomeprazole, Oral capsule

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Highlights for esomeprazole

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Esomeprazole is used to treat conditions caused by too much acid production in your stomach. These conditions include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), erosive esophagitis, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and Helicobactor pylori infections. It’s also used to prevent stomach ulcers due to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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This drug comes in the form of a delayed-release capsule or a liquid suspension you take by mouth. You will have to mix the suspension yourself. Your doctor will show you how.

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Esomeprazole magnesium is available as the brand-name drug Nexium. It’s also available as a generic drug. Esomeprazole strontium is only available as a generic drug.

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The more common side effects of this drug include headache, diarrhea, nausea, gas, and stomach pain.

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In some cases, esomeprazole can cause serious side effects. These include severe diarrhea, inflammation in the kidneys, an increased risk of bone fractures, and vitamin B-12 and magnesium deficiency.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Kidney damage

This drug may cause kidney damage. Tell your doctor if you have pain in the side of your back or changes in urination during treatment. These are signs of kidney problems.

Severe diarrhea

This drug can cause Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. This disease may cause mild diarrhea or severe inflammation of your colon. Severe reactions can be fatal (cause death). Call your doctor if you have diarrhea while taking this drug.

Long-term use

Using this drug for a long time comes with risks. It increases your risk of osteoporosis-related bone breaks in your hip, wrist, or spine. It may also cause inflammation of your stomach lining and low blood levels of magnesium. Taking this drug long-term can also make it harder for your body to absorb vitamin B-12. This can lead to a vitamin B-12 deficiency.

Changes in balance of your stomach acid

This drug can change the balance of your stomach acid. This can change how much of other medications are available in your body. This means that other drugs may not work as well. Increased stomach acid can also cause positive test results for neuroendocrine tumors even when you don’t have a tumor.

What is esomeprazole?

Esomeprazole is a prescription drug. Esomeprazole magnesium and esomeprazole strontium are available as delayed-release capsules. Esomeprazole magnesium is also available as packets that make a liquid suspension. Esomeprazole sodium is also available in an intravenous (IV) form, which is only given by a healthcare provider.

Esomeprazole is available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version.

Esomeprazole may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications, especially to treat Helicobactor pylori. This condition causes ulcers in part of your intestine.

Why it's used

Esomeprazole is used to treat conditions caused by too much acid production in your stomach.

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How it works

This drug decreases the amount of acid your stomach produces.

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Why it's used

Esomeprazole is used to treat conditions caused by too much acid production in your stomach. These conditions include the following:

  • Heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis. Erosive esophagitis is caused by acid-related damage to the esophagus.
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  • Helicobactor pylori infections when used in combination with other treatments, such as antibiotics. This infection causes ulcers in part of your intestine.

This drug is also used to prevent stomach ulcers due to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

How it works

Esomeprazole belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

This drug decreases the amount of acid your stomach produces. It works by blocking the proton pump in the stomach’s cells. When the proton pump is blocked, your stomach makes less acid.

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esomeprazole Side Effects

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More common side effects

The adult side effects for esomeprazole are slightly different from the side effects for children.

  • Adult side effects can include:

    • headache
    • diarrhea
    • nausea
    • flatulence (passing gas)
    • stomach pain
    • constipation
    • dry mouth
  • Children’s side effects can include the above, plus:

    • regurgitation (burping up food) in babies
    • increased breathing rate in babies

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Severe diarrhea. Symptoms can include:

    • Watery stool
    • Stomach pain
    • Fever that doesn’t go away
  • Bone breaks. Using this drug every day for a long time can increase the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures of your hip, wrist, or spine.

  • Atrophic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). Using this drug every day for a long time can cause this condition. You may or may not have symptoms. Symptoms can include:

    • Stomach pain
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Weight loss
  • Low blood levels of magnesium. Using this drug every day for a long time can cause this side effect. Symptoms can include:

    • Seizures
    • Dizziness
    • Abnormal or fast heart rate
    • Jitteriness
    • Tremors (jerking movements or shaking)
    • Muscle weakness
    • Spasms in your hands and feet
    • Cramps or muscle aches
    • Spasm of your voice box
  • Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Using this drug every day for a long time can make it harder for your body to absorb vitamin B-12. Symptoms can include:

    • Nervousness
    • Neuritis (inflammation of a nerve). Symptoms can include:
      • Nerve pain
      • Tingling
    • Numbness and tingling in your hands and feet
    • Poor muscular coordination
    • Heavier-than-normal menstrual bleeding
  • Allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:

    • Trouble breathing or swallowing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Angioedema (swelling of your face, throat, or tongue)
    • Itching
    • Kidney damage. Symptoms can include:
      • Decreased urination
      • Flank pain (pain in your side and back)
    • Chest tightness
    • Paleness or reddening of your face and body
    • Panic attack or feeling of impending doom
  • Inflammation in your kidneys. This can happen at any time during treatment with this drug. It may be part of an allergic reaction. If this happens, your doctor will have you stop taking this drug. Symptoms can include:

    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Low blood pressure. Symptoms can include:
      • Dizziness
      • Fainting
    • Decreased urination
    • Flank pain (pain in your side and back)
Pharmacist's Advice
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Take this drug as directed by your doctor. Your doctor should give you the lowest dose possible for the shortest time needed. This will lower your chance of side effects.

This drug doesn’t cause drowsiness.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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esomeprazole May Interact with Other Medications

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Esomeprazole can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Food interactions

Food can decrease the amount of esomeprazole in your body. You should take this drug at least one hour before meals.

Medications that might interact with this drug

Drugs you should not use with esomeprazole

Do not take these drugs with esomeprazole. Doing so can cause dangerous effects in the body. Examples of these drugs include:

  • Clopidogrel. Esomeprazole can block clopidogrel from working in your body. If you need to take esomeprazole, your doctor may consider a different anti-platelet drug.

Interactions that increase your risk of side effects
  • Side effects from other drugs: Taking esomeprazole with certain medications raises your risk of side effects from these drugs. Examples of these drugs include:
    • Diazepam. Esomeprazole can cause diazepam to build up in your body. This can cause more side effects from diazepam.
    • Warfarin. Esomeprazole can increase the blood-thinning effect of warfarin. This can increase your international normalized ratio (INR) test results and prothrombin time. This interaction can increase bleeding and be fatal (cause death). If you need to take these drugs together, your doctor will watch you closely and may adjust your warfarin dose.
    • Cilostazol. Esomeprazole can slow the breakdown of this drug. This can increase the levels of cilostazol in your body. If you need to take these drugs together, your doctor will decrease your dose of cilostazol.
    • Digoxin. Esomeprazole can increase the levels of digoxin in your body. Your doctor may check your digoxin blood levels and adjust your digoxin dose if needed.
    • Methotrexate. Esomeprazole can increase the levels of methotrexate in your body. This may cause dangerous side effects. These side effects can include nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, and liver and kidney damage. If you need to take a high dose of methotrexate, your doctor may have you stop taking esomeprazole for a short time.
    • Saquinavir. Esomeprazole may increase the levels of saquinavir in your body. This may cause more side effects from saquinavir. These may include fatigue, confusion, stomach and back pain, nausea, vomiting, and liver damage. Your doctor may watch you more closely and decrease your dose of saquinavir if needed.
    • Tacrolimus. Esomeprazole can increase the levels of tacrolimus in your body. This may cause high blood pressure and kidney damage. Your doctor may check your tacrolimus levels and adjust your dose if needed.
  • Side effects from esomeprazole: Taking esomeprazole with certain medications raises your risk of side effects from esomeprazole. This is because the amount of esomeprazole in your body is increased. Examples of these drugs include:
    • Voriconazole. Voriconazole can double the levels of esomeprazole in your body. Your doctor may decrease your dose of esomeprazole. They may be more likely to lower your dose if you have Zollinger-Ellison’s syndrome and take a high dose.
    • Clarithromycin

Interactions that can make your drugs less effective
  • When other drugs are less effective: When certain drugs are used with esomeprazole, they may not work as well. This is because the amount of these drugs in your body may be decreased. Examples of these drugs include:
    • Certain antiretrovirals, such as atazanavir and nelfinavir. Esomeprazole may keep you from absorbing these drugs well. This means that they won’t work to treat your virus. You shouldn’t take esomeprazole with these drugs.
    • Mycophenolate mofetil. Esomeprazole may change the balance of your stomach acid. This may decrease how well you absorb mycophenolate mofetil. It isn’t known how this will affect your transplant. Ask your doctor whether it’s safe for you to use these drugs together.
  • When esomeprazole is less effective: When esomeprazole is used with certain drugs, it may not work as well to treat your condition. This is because the amount of esomeprazole in your body may be decreased. Examples of these drugs include:
    • St. John’s wort. You shouldn’t use these drugs together.
    • Rifampin. You shouldn’t use these drugs together.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
Esomeprazole warnings
liver problem warning
People with severe liver problems

This drug is processed by your liver. If you have severe liver disease, your body may not be able to process this drug as well. This could cause the drug to build up in your body. You may have more side effects.

low magnesium warning
People with low magnesium blood levels

Taking this drug for 3 months or longer can decrease magnesium levels in your blood. This can further decrease your low magnesium levels. Your doctor may give you magnesium supplements and monitor your magnesium levels.

b-12 deficiency warning
People with a vitamin B-12 deficiency

Taking this drug for 2–3 years can decrease vitamin B-12 levels in your blood. This can further decrease your low vitamin B-12 levels. Your doctor may give you vitamin B-12 injections and monitor your vitamin B-12 levels.

osteoporosis warning
People with osteoporosis

Using this drug every day for a long time can increase your risk of hip, wrist, or spine fractures.

tumor test warning
People with plans to have neuroendocrine tumor test

This drug can change the balance of your stomach acid. This may cause a test for neuroendocrine tumors to be positive when there isn’t a tumor.

pregnancy warning
Pregnant women

Esomeprazole is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:

  1. Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
  2. There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.

Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug should only be used if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

breast feeding warning
Women who are breast-feeding

Esomeprazole may pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in a child who is breastfed.

Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication.

childrens warning
For children

Esomeprazole magnesium hasn’t been studied in children younger than 1 month.

Esomeprazole strontium hasn’t been studied in children younger than 18 years. Children shouldn’t use this drug. This drug competes with calcium in your intestines and goes into your bones.

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When to call the doctor

Let your doctor know if you start taking any other drug. Your doctor will check to make sure your new drug will work with esomeprazole.

Let your doctor know if you still have symptoms of increased stomach acid even though you’re taking this drug.

allergy warning
Allergies

Esomeprazole can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:

  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of your face, throat, or tongue
  • Itching
  • Kidney damage. Symptoms may include:
    • decreased urination
    • flank pain (pain in your side and back)
  • Chest tightness
  • Paleness or reddening of your face and body
  • Panic attack or feeling of impending doom

If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).

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How to Take esomeprazole (Dosage)

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All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

What are you taking this medication for?

GERD or erosive esophagitis

Generic: esomeprazole magnesium

Form: oral delayed-release capsule
Strengths: 20 mg, 40 mg

Brand: Nexium

Form: oral delayed-release capsule
Strengths: 20 mg, 40 mg
Form: packets for oral delayed-release suspension
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg
Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • Healing erosive esophagitis:
    • Esomeprazole magnesium and Nexium: 20 mg or 40 mg taken once per day for 4–8 weeks
    • If this treatment doesn’t work, your doctor may repeat the treatment for another 4–8 weeks.
  • Maintenance of healed erosive esophagitis:
    • Esomeprazole magnesium and Nexium: 20 mg taken once per day
  • Treatment of symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease:
    • Esomeprazole magnesium and Nexium: 20 mg taken once per day for 4 weeks
Child dosage (ages 12–17 years)
  • Healing erosive esophagitis: 20 mg or 40 mg taken once per day for 4–8 weeks
  • Symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): 20 mg taken once per day for 4 weeks
Child dosage (ages 1–11 years)
  • Symptomatic GERD: 10 mg taken once per day for 8 weeks
  • Erosive esophagitis:
    • Children who weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs.): Given 10 mg once per day for 8 weeks
    • Children who weigh 20 kg (44 lbs.) or more: 10 mg or 20 mg taken once per day for 8 weeks
  • Erosive esophagitis due to GERD:
    • Children who weigh 3–5 kg (6.6–11 lbs.): Given 2.5 mg once per day for 6 weeks
    • Children who weigh 5–7.5 kg (11–16.5 lbs.): Given 5 mg once per day for 6 weeks
    • Children who weigh 7.5–12 kg (16.5–26.5 lbs.): Given 10 mg once per day for up to 6 weeks
Child dosage (younger than 1 month)

This drug hasn’t been studied in infants younger than 1 month of age.

Generic: esomeprazole strontium

Form: Oral tablet
Strengths: 24.65 mg, 49.3 mg
Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • Healing erosive esophagitis:
    • Esomeprazole strontium: 24.65 mg or 49.3 mg taken once per day for 4–8 weeks
    • If this treatment doesn’t work, your doctor may repeat the treatment for another 4–8 weeks.
  • Maintenance of healed erosive esophagitis:
    • Esomeprazole strontium: 24.65 mg taken once per day
  • Treatment of symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease:
    • Esomeprazole strontium: 24.65 mg taken once per day for 4 weeks. If your symptoms don’t get better after 4 weeks, your doctor may repeat the treatment for 4 more weeks.
Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)

This drug hasn’t been studied in children younger than 18 years. Children shouldn’t use this drug.

Special considerations

People with severe liver problems: The maximum dose of esomeprazole magnesium shouldn’t be more than 20 mg per day. The maximum dose of esomeprazole strontium shouldn’t be more than 24.65 mg per day.

Warnings

Take this drug as directed by your doctor. Your doctor should give you the drug at the lowest dose possible and for the shortest time needed. This will lower your chance of side effects.

Stomach ulcer

Generic: esomeprazole magnesium

Form: oral delayed-release capsule
Strengths: 20 mg, 40 mg

Generic: esomeprazole strontium

Form: Oral tablet
Strengths: 24.65 mg, 49.3 mg

Brand: Nexium

Form: oral delayed-release capsule
Strengths: 20 mg, 40 mg
Form: packets for oral delayed-release suspension
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg
Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • Esomeprazole magnesium and Nexium: 20 mg or 40 mg taken once per day for up to 6 months
  • Esomeprazole strontium: 24.65 mg or 49.3 mg taken once per day for up to 6 months
Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)

This drug hasn’t been studied in children younger than 18 years for this condition.

Special considerations

People with severe liver problems: The maximum dose of esomeprazole magnesium shouldn’t be more than 20 mg per day. The maximum dose of esomeprazole strontium shouldn’t be more than 24.65 mg per day.

Warnings

Take this drug as directed by your doctor. Your doctor should give you the drug at the lowest dose possible and for the shortest time needed. This will lower your chance of side effects.

Helicobacter pylori infection

Generic: esomeprazole magnesium

Form: oral delayed-release capsule
Strengths: 20 mg, 40 mg

Generic: esomeprazole strontium

Form: Oral tablet
Strengths: 24.65 mg, 49.3 mg

Brand: Nexium

Form: oral delayed-release capsule
Strengths: 20 mg, 40 mg
Form: packets for oral delayed-release suspension
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg
Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • Esomeprazole magnesium and Nexium: 40 mg taken once per day for 10 days with amoxicillin and clarithromycin
  • Esomeprazole strontium: 49.3 mg taken once per day for 10 days with amoxicillin and clarithromycin
Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)

This drug hasn’t been studied in children younger than 18 years for this condition.

Special considerations

People with severe liver problems: The maximum dose of esomeprazole magnesium shouldn’t be more than 20 mg per day. The maximum dose of esomeprazole strontium shouldn’t be more than 24.65 mg per day.

Warnings

Take this drug as directed by your doctor. Your doctor should give you the drug at the lowest dose possible and for the shortest time needed. This will lower your chance of side effects.

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Generic: esomeprazole magnesium

Form: oral delayed-release capsule
Strengths: 20 mg, 40 mg

Generic: esomeprazole strontium

Form: Oral tablet
Strengths: 24.65 mg, 49.3 mg

Brand: Nexium

Form: oral delayed-release capsule
Strengths: 20 mg, 40 mg
Form: packets for oral delayed-release suspension
Strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg
Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • Esomeprazole magnesium and Nexium: 40 mg taken twice per day. Sometimes doses up to 240 mg per day are needed.
  • Esomeprazole strontium: 49.3 mg taken twice per day
Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)

This drug hasn’t been studied in children younger than 18 years for this condition.

Special considerations

People with severe liver problems: The maximum dose of esomeprazole magnesium shouldn’t be more than 20 mg per day. The maximum dose of esomeprazole strontium shouldn’t be more than 24.65 mg per day.

Warnings

Take this drug as directed by your doctor. Your doctor should give you the drug at the lowest dose possible and for the shortest time needed. This will lower your chance of side effects.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Pharmacist's Advice
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Esomeprazole comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.

If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all

Your heartburn won’t improve, or the damage to your esophagus or stomach from too much acid won’t heal.

If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule

Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely. For this drug to work well, a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times.

If you take too much

You could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body. Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include:

  • confusion
  • drowsiness
  • blurred vision
  • fast heart rate
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • flushing (reddening and warming of your face)
  • headache
  • dry mouth

If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

What to do if you miss a dose

Take your dose as soon as you remember. But if you remember just a few hours before your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could result in dangerous side effects.

How to tell if the drug is working

You should have less heartburn and stomach pain. If you’re taking this drug to prevent ulcers, your doctor will do tests to check if it’s working for you.

This drug is used for short-term treatment of the following:

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • risk of stomach ulcers from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Helicobacter pylori infection

This drug is used for long-term treatment of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Swallow the oral capsules whole

Don’t chew or crush them.

If you cannot swallow the capsule, you can open it and empty its contents into a tablespoon of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away. Don’t crush or chew the granules. Don’t save it and take it later.

Store this drug carefully

  • Store esomeprazole magnesium at room temperature. Keep it between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C).
  • Store esomeprazole strontium at room temperature. Keep it between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C).
  • Keep it away from light.
  • Keep the container of the capsules tightly closed.
  • Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.

A prescription for this medication is refillable

You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.

Travel

When traveling with your medication:

  • Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag.
  • Don’t worry about airport x-ray machines. They can’t hurt your medication.
  • You may need to show airport staff the pharmacy label for your medication. Always carry the original prescription-labeled box with you.
  • Don’t put this medication in your car’s glove compartment or leave it in the car. Be sure to avoid doing this when the weather is very hot or very cold.

Self-management

Your pharmacist will show you how to prepare the oral suspension.

Clinical monitoring

Your doctor should monitor certain health issues. This can help make sure you stay safe while you take this drug. These issues include:

  • Liver function. Your doctor may do blood tests to check how well your liver is working. If you have severe liver problems, your doctor may give you a lower dose of this drug.
  • Diarrhea. If you have diarrhea that’s not going away, your doctor may check for Clostridium difficile.
  • Magnesium levels. This drug may decrease the level of magnesium in your body. Your doctor may check your magnesium blood levels and give you magnesium supplements.
  • Vitamin B-12. This drug may decrease the levels of vitamin B-12 in the body. Your doctor may check your vitamin B-12 levels and give you vitamin B-12 injections.
  • Osteoporosis. Your doctor may do tests to check for osteoporosis. This drug may increase your risk of bone fractures if you have osteoporosis.

Your diet

This drug may change the balance of your stomach acid. This may change how your body absorbs certain foods. However, you don’t need to change your diet.

Not every pharmacy stocks this drug

When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead.

Insurance

Many insurance companies require a prior authorization for this drug. This means your doctor will need to get approval from your insurance company before your insurance company will pay for the prescription.

Are there any alternatives?

There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be better suited for you than others. Talk to your doctor about other drug options that may work for you.

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Content developed in collaboration with University of Illinois-Chicago, Drug Information Group

Medically reviewed by Creighton University, Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice on January 25, 2016

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.
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