esomeprazole delayed-release suspension - oral, Nexium (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using esomeprazole and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth at least 1 hour before a meal, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. This medication may also be given through a tube into the stomach (nasogastric or gastric tube).If you are taking this medication by mouth, empty the contents of the medication packet into a container with 1 tablespoon (half an ounce or 15 milliliters) of water. Stir the mixture well and leave it for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken. Stir again and drink all of the mixture within 30 minutes. If any medication remains in the container, add more water, stir, and drink immediately to make sure you take the entire dose. Do not crush or chew the medication granules. Doing so may destroy the drug and/or increase side effects.If you are giving this medication through a nasogastric or gastric tube, consult your health care professional for detailed instructions on how to properly mix and give it.If needed, antacids may be taken along with this medication.The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Continue to take this medication for the full prescribed time, even if you are feeling better.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, diarrhea, nausea, gas, stomach pain, constipation, or dry mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: signs of a lung infection called pneumonia (e.g., fever, cough, trouble breathing).Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea, vomiting, unusual tiredness, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, signs of vitamin B12 deficiency in people taking this medication for longer than 3 years (e.g., unusual weakness, sore tongue, numbness or tingling of the hands/feet).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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