Esofag 40mg Tablet
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This medicine is a proton pump inhibitor, which decreases acid production in the stomach. The generic name of this medicine is known as esomeprazole.
Uses of Esofag 40mg Tab
- Stomach ulcer
- Ulcers in the first part of intestines
- A peculiar infection of the stomach called Helicobacter pylori infection
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (also known as heartburn)
Contraindications of Esofag 40mg Tab
- Allergic to this medicine or other proton pump inhibitors
- Medicine used for treating HIV infection
- Stomach cancer
Side effects of Esofag 40mg Tab
- Stomach ache
- Increased risk of infections
- Decreased levels of magnesium and sodium in blood
- Stevens–Johnson syndrome (characterised by blistering of skin, genitals, lips or nose)
- Abdominal pain
Precautions and Warnings of Esofag 40mg Tab
Can I take Esofag 40mg Tab during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant, you should only take this medicine if the doctor has prescribed it.
Can I take Esofag 40mg Tab while breastfeeding?
Exact data of whether it passes into mother’s milk are not available. Hence, it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking this medicine during breastfeeding.
Can I drive if I have consumed this medicine?
Avoid driving if you feel dizziness or disturbed vision after its administration.
Can I consume alcohol with this medicine?
No interaction has been reported. However, alcohol intake results in acidity and heartburn. So, it is best to avoid the use of alcohol.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You have had any past stomach surgery history
- You have severe kidney problems
- You have any liver problems or jaundice in which colour of skin or eye becomes yellow
- You are more than 55 years and need to take this medicine on long term
- You have ever had a skin reaction after treatment with a medicine similar to this medicine that reduces stomach acid
- You get rash on your skin after being exposed to sun
- You have severe diarrhoea
Mode of Action of Esofag 40mg Tab
How Does It Work?
The composition of Esofag 40mg Tab works by reducing the amount of acid produced by your stomach. A pump called the proton pump in the stomach is responsible for the secretion of stomach acids. This medicine binds to this proton pump in stomach cells, thus blocking the acid secretion. Therefore, it is used in conditions where there is excessive acidity.
Directions for Use of Esofag 40mg Tab
The dosage of Esofag 40mg Tab should be taken in the exact amount directed by the doctor.
Interactions of Esofag 40mg Tab
Interactions with other medicines
- This medicine affects the working of medicines such as itraconazole, ketoconazole (used to treat fungal infections) or erlotinib and methotrexate (used for certain types of cancer)
- Medicines prescribed for patients with HIV/AIDS (such as nelfinavir/tenofovir/ atazanavir, rilpivirine, etc.)
- Warfarin and phenprocoumon (blood thinners)
Interactions with food items
This medicine must be taken on an empty stomach. There are no known interactions with food or beverages. However, nicotine, caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate and cola) and alcohol can stimulate stomach acid or delay ulcer healing.
Other general Interactions
Individuals with past stomach surgery history, severe kidney or liver problems or jaundice, skin reactions after treatment with a medicine similar to this medicine that reduces stomach acid, rashes on your skin after being exposed to sun and severe diarrhoea are strongly recommended to opt for other effective treatment options.
Storage and disposal of Esofag 40mg Tab
This medicine needs to kept at room temperature in the absence of heat, moisture and light. Seek your pharmacist's advise in the correct disposal of this medicine.
Dosage of Esofag 40mg Tab
Overdose of Esofag 40mg Tab causes side effects such as nausea, dry mouth, headache, drowsiness, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, flushing, shortness of breath, tremor, loss of coordination, confusion, or seizure (convulsions). Seek emergency medical help immediately.
Missed a Dose
If you missed any dose, then you must administer it at the earliest. However, if it is about time for the impending dose, then the missed dose can be skipped and the regular dosing schedule should be followed. Do not take a double dose at a single time to compensate for a missed one.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What special precautions should I follow?
A: This medicine may cause Clostridium difficile infection, diarrhoea, atrophic gastritis and malabsorption syndrome if it is taken for a long term. Hence, it should be taken strictly on a 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?
A: It is given in the capsule form that is supposed to be taken on an empty stomach. It is also available in the sachet form 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 provider before starting this medication?
A: There are studies that link this medicine to stomach cancer. It is important to share if you have any personal or family history of stomach cancer. It is also important for you to share information on any history of HIV or AIDS, liver cirrhosis or other critical conditions that you are suffering from. Also, disclose all the ongoing medications, supplements that you are taking to your doctor.
Q: How long this medicine can be taken?
A: It generally needs five days to a week for its onset of action. The duration of this medicine depends on the condition of the individual. It is usually prescribed in courses of a month to six months. It may be given for even a longer period of time.
Q: Is this medicine safe?
A: Yes, this medicine is safe if it is taken in the exact dosage as instructed by your doctor.
Q: Does this medicine cause weight gain?
A: No, this medicine is not known to cause weight gain.
- DailyMed. Label: esomeprazole magnesium – esomeprazole magnesium capsule, delayed release pellets.
- DrugBank. Esomeprazole.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine. National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem. Esomeprazole.
- MedlinePlus. Esomeprazole
- electronic Medicines Compendium (EMC). Esomeprazole 20 mg gastro-resistant tablets.
- CiplaMed. ESOMAC tablets/granules/pellets (esomeprazole magnesium).
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Last Updated on: 15 Aug 2020 | 04:19 PM (IST)
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