Esomeprazole is a medication that is used to treat a number of conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Esomeprazole is also available over the counter and is indicated for adults who have heartburn two or more days a week. Prescription-only esomeprazole is indicated for many acid-related conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, as well as erosive esophagitis, and H. pylori infections. It is also used to prevent stomach ulcers in people taking NSAIDs.
Esomeprazole belongs to a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach.This medication is available as capsules, as packets for preparation of delayed-release oral suspensions, as an injectable. The oral forms are usually taken once a day, at least one hour before a meal. Injectable esomeprazole is given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare provider, usually once daily.
Common side effects include headache, diarrhea, and nausea.