Nexium (Esomeprazole) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Nexium
Nexium (Esomeprazole) belongs to the category of drugs that act as proton pump inhibitors. Patients suffering from gastro esophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcers, dyspepsia, gastrinomas, erosive esophagitis, and other similar conditions are recommended to buy Nexium. The drug works by reducing the production of acid in the stomach. It relieves heartburn, which is a common condition experienced by people all over the world. Coughing, a sour taste in the mouth, and difficulty swallowing are other symptoms that are alleviated with the help of this drug.
Nexium Side Effects
Nexium may trigger some side effects due to an overdose or use of the drug for the treatment of conditions other than those listed by medical experts. The serious side effects associated with the drug include difficulty in breathing, swelling on the face or in the throat area, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, and pain in the abdomen.
Less severe or rare Nexium side effects include nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth. Allergic reactions accompanied by rashes and itching too are rarely reported side effects of the drug. You must also take note of fever, chills, chest pain, abnormal heart rate, urine with atypical color, and tiredness that may arise after you start using the drug. In case any of these signs appear, you must stop the medication immediately and discuss the issue with your doctor.
You must inform your doctor if you have had any liver disorder before taking Nexium. Patients suffering from hypomagnesemia (low level of magnesium in the blood) and any type of allergy should report the same to the doctor. The same rule applies to pregnant and nursing women as well. It is important to keep the medication away from the reach of children and pets. Dispose off the expired medication with care. Nexium should never be stored on or near damp surfaces. Make sure that you use the drug only for the recommended time length. Buy Nexium only from reputed and reliable mail order contracted pharmacies.
Nexium 20 mg and Nexium 40 mg are the recommended daily dose for patients, depending on the severity of their respective problems. Nexium 10 mg is prescribed for children below 11 years of age. In general, the drug is given for up to 8 weeks. The drug is available in different forms such as a delayed-release capsule, delayed-release oral suspension, and injection. You must consult the doctor when it comes to choosing the most suitable way of drug administration. Nexium in capsule form must be taken at least an hour before meals and with one glass of water. In case you miss a dose, take it if there is enough time left for the next dose or avoid it otherwise. Contact your local poison center if you have overdosed on the medication.
Nexium is capable of interacting with many prescribed and non-prescribed drugs. You must inform your doctor if you are already using any other medication, especially Digoxin, Ketoconazole, Diazepam, Warfarin, and iron and vitamin supplements. Antifungal drugs, diuretics, and protease inhibitors can lead to devastating results if Nexium interacts with them. You must also discuss your dietary habits with your doctor to learn about any possible interaction of the drug with food.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.