Q: What special precautions should I follow?
A: It may cause colstridium difficile infection, diarrhea, atrophic gastritis and malabsorption syndrome if taken for a long term. Hence, it should be taken strictly on doctor’s advice and only for a period specified by doctor’s prescription. Do not extend its use on your own.
Q: When and how to consume the medicine?
It is given in the capsule form to be taken on an empty stomach
Esomeprazole sachets are also available for use in children
Intravenous preparations are also available to be used in acute conditions in hospital settings
Q: What should I tell my healthcare expert before starting this medication?
A: Some studies link Esomeprazole to stomach cancer. It is important to share if you have any personal or family history of stomach cancer. It is also essential for you to share information on the history of HIV/AIDS, liver cirrhosis or other critical conditions that you are suffering from. Also, disclose to your doctor all the ongoing medications and supplements that you are taking.
Q: How long can the medicine be taken?
A: It generally needs 5 days to 1 week for the onset of its action. Duration depends on the condition for which it is taken. It is usually prescribed in courses of 1-6 months duration. It may be given for an extended period too.