Thursday, November 17, 2011


Common Side Effects
•Abdominal pain
•Dry mouth

Rare Side Effects

•Allergic reaction
•Back pain
•Chest pain
•High blood pressure (hypertension)
•Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
•Indigestion (dyspepsia)
•Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
•Ringing of the ears (tinnitus)
•Bloody nose
•Weight gain
•Weight loss
•Unexplained rash
•Taste loss
•Aggravation of depression
•Ear infection (otitis media)
•Blurred vision
•Broken bones (some studies suggest this or other similar medications may increase the risk of bone fractures)
•Low blood magnesium (hypomagnesemia).

Nexium drug interactions may involve the following:

•Certain antifungals, such as:

◦Fluconazole (Diflucan®)
◦Itraconazole (Sporanox®)
◦Ketoconazole (Nizoral®)
◦Posaconazole (Noxafil®)
◦Voriconazole (VFEND®)

•Cilostazol (Pletal®)
•Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
•Dasatinib (Sprycel®)
•Diazepam (Valium®)
•Digoxin (Digitek®, Lanoxin®, Lanoxicaps®)
•Certain diuretics, such as:

◦Bumetanide (Bumex®)
◦Chlorothiazide (Diuril®)
◦Chlorthalidone (Thalitone®)
◦Ethacrynic acid (Edecrin®)
◦Furosemide (Lasix®)
◦Hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix®, HydroDIURIL®, Microzide®, Oretic®)
◦Metolazone (Zaroxolyn®)
◦Torsemide (Demadex®)

•Erlotinib (Tarceva®)
•Iron supplements or medications
•Mesalamine (Apriso™)
•Rifampin (Rifadin®)
•Some protease inhibitors, such as:

◦Atazanavir (Reyataz®)
◦Nelfinavir (Viracept®)
◦Saquinavir (Fortovase®, Invirase®)

•St. John's wort
•Tacrolimus (Prograf®, Protopic®)
•Warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®).

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