Treat gastric-related pain through Esomeprazole, a medication known to lessen acidity in the stomach. Learn how it works, the different doses available and the precautions and side effects of the medication by reading further.

What is Esomeprazole? 

Esomeprazole is included in the class of PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) medications. The medication is being used for the treatment of problems relating to the oesophagus and the stomach such as ulcers, hyperacidity, and acid reflux. It heals by effectively reducing the acidity level of the stomach thus alleviating irritating symptoms such as persistent coughing, heartburns, and difficulty swallowing.

How Does Esomeprazole Work? 

Esomeprazole works by effectively bringing down the acidity level of the stomach through reducing its acid production. This is done by blocking certain systems in the cell walls of the stomach known as the proton pump. The blocking of the proton pump impacts the final stages of the acid release in the stomach, thus effectively lowering acidity. This aids in relieving the symptoms of acid reflux, hyperacidity, and certain ulcers.

What Are The Benefits Of Taking Esomeprazole? 

Stomach pain can be agonizing and may sometimes get in the way when performing daily tasks. Esomeprazole becomes beneficial during these circumstances. It helps reduce the stomach’s acidity, thus alleviating symptoms and pain for patients. With the use of Esomeprazole, patients will be back to their normal daily routines in no time.

How Do I Use Esomeprazole? 

Esomeprazole can be taken orally. It is advised to swallow the capsule as a whole and not to break, crush, or chew the medication. Follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. It is usually prescribed once a day for at least one hour before a full meal. The Esomeprazole dosage and treatment frequency will depend on your health condition and your body’s response to the treatment. Do not attempt to decide on taking more or less of the dosage prescribed to you by your doctor. You may also refer to the product information leaflet for more information on this medicine. If you are also prescribed to take antacids together with this medication, allow at least a 30-minute interval between two medicines or as instructed by your doctor.

What Is The Correct Esomeprazole Dosage? 

Esomeprazole is a prescription-only medication. Your doctor will decide which dose is the best for your condition.  The lowest strength available in pharmacies is 10mg. Other strengths available come in 20mg and 40 mg capsules.

Esomeprazole 20 mg is usually prescribed to patients with a stomach infection or duodenal ulcer who are 18 years old and above, once a day for 4 weeks.

For duodenal ulcer caused by helicobacter pylori infection in patients aged 18 years and older, Esomeprazole 20 mg is usually prescribed twice a day for 10 days.

Esomeprazole 40 mg is usually prescribed once a day for 4-8 weeks to treat patients who are 18 years old and above suffering from gastric ulcer. 

For GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease of patients aged 18 years and older, Esomeprazole 20 mg is usually prescribed once a day for 4 weeks.

This medication is not recommended for use on pediatric patients or among children below 2 years old.