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General Heartburn Questions

What is heartburn?

Heartburn is a symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux and can cause a burning pain in the chest rising up to the throat. Heartburn is caused by food and acid from the stomach washing back into the oesophagus that can also result in an unpleasant sour taste (acid regurgitation)1.

What is frequent heartburn?

Heartburn that occurs two or more times per week.

What is the difference between heartburn & acid reflux?

When food and acid from the stomach contents wash back up into the oesophagus, this is called acid reflux. Heartburn is the most common name for the burning pain in the chest rising up to the throat that you feel when this happens.

Why does heartburn get worse at night?

Heartburn is caused by stomach acid rising up into the oesophagus. When you lie down in bed, this can make it easier for acid to escape the stomach and to irritate the oesophagus lining, causing a burning pain in the chest rising up to the throat.

Are there certain foods that cause heartburn?

Not everyone has the same heartburn triggers. Some people find that spicy or acidic food brings on their alcohol, while others have alcohol or fizzy drinks as a trigger. Other possibilities are rich or fatty foods, like chocolate. And simply eating a large meal or eating late at night can be a cause.

About Nexium® 24HR

What is Nexium® 24HR used for?

Nexium® 24HR is for frequent heartburn sufferers who need lasting symptomatic relief from frequent heartburn, acid regurgitation and other symptoms associated with gasto-oesophageal reflux.

Is Nexium® 24HR a PPI?

Yes, Nexium® 24HR is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). It works by decreasing the amount of acid made by the stomach, providing frequent heartburn relief.

What is the difference between Nexium® 24HR and antacids?

Antacids are heartburn treatments designed to give short duration of relief from heartburn. They work by neutralising the stomach acid already produced, but don’t target acid production, so they may need to be taken repeatedly to maintain their effect.

What is the difference between Nexium® 24HR and alginates?

Alginates, often used in combination with antacids, are heartburn treatments designed to give short duration of relief from heartburn. They work by forming a temporary barrier on the top of the stomach contents, thereby stopping the acid rising up the oesophagus. They don’t target acid production, so they may need to be taken repeatedly to maintain their effect

What is the difference between Nexium® 24HR and H2 Antagonists?

PPIs and H2As work differently to reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces. A PPI inhibits proton pumps that release acid, and protects from all three acid production signals. An H2A blocks one of the three acid production signals.

Nexium® 24HR Ingredients & Dosage

Does Nexium® 24HR contain esomeprazole?

Yes, Nexium® 24HR contains esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate 22.3mg (equivalent to esomeprazole 20mg).

How should I take Nexium® 24HR?

Take one tablet or capsule each day for at least 7 days and up to 14 days. Swallow whole with a glass of water.

When to take Nexium® 24HR?

Take Nexium® 24HR at about the same time each day. Keeping a regular time, e.g. in the morning, will help to remind you to take it. Nexium® 24HR can be taken with food or on an empty stomach.

How long does Nexium® 24HR take to work?

Nexium® 24HR will start to work within a few hours. Some may feel benefit that day2. You may need to take Nexium® 24HR for a few days for full effect.

How often can you take Nexium® 24HR?

Take one tablet or capsule each day, for at least 7 days and up to 14 days.

What if I miss my dose of Nexium® 24HR?

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

Can Nexium® 24HR be used during pregnancy?

Do not take Nexium® 24HR if you are pregnant unless your doctor says so. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits involved. It is not known if it is safe for you to take Nexium® 24HR while you are pregnant. It may affect your baby.

Can Nexium® 24HR be used while breastfeeding?

Do not take Nexium® 24HR if you are breastfeeding. Ask your doctor for more information. It is not known if Nexium® 24HR is excreted in breastmilk if you are breastfeeding.

Which Nexium® product is available over the counter?

Over-the-counter Nexium® 24HR comes in a 20 mg strength in packs of 7 or 14 tablets, or packs of 14 capsules.

Does Nexium® 24HR have any side effects?

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects. For information about side effects please seek advice from your health care professional.

Does Nexium® 24HR interfere with digestion?

Nexium® 24HR should not interfere with your ability to digest food normally. However, if you do experience indigestion please consult your health professional.

Can I use Nexium® 24HR if I am taking other medication?

Please consult your health professional for advice.