NEXIUM Esomeprazole magnesium

Get an overview of NEXIUM (esomeprazole magnesium granule, delayed release), including its generic name, formulation (i.e. pill, oral solution, injection, inhaled medicine) and why it’s used. The medication in NEXIUM can be sold under different names.

Refer to the “Also Known As” section to reference different products that include the same medication as NEXIUM.

Drug Basics

Brand Name: NEXIUM

Generic Name: ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM

Drug Type: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG

Route: ORAL

Dosage Form: GRANULE, DELAYED RELEASE

Packager: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Data Current As Of: 2021-09-20

Contraindications (4)                                                                                                                                 10/2020

Warnings and Precautions, Acute Tubulointerstitial Nephritis (5.2)                                                        11/2020

Indications & Usage

NEXIUM is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral

suspension are indicated for the:

Short-term treatment in the healing of erosive esophagitis (EE) in adults and

pediatric patients 12 years to 17 years of age. (1.1)

Maintenance of healing of EE in adults. (1.2)

Short-term treatment of heartburn and other symptoms associated GERD in

adults and pediatric patients 12 years to 17 years of age. (1.3)

Risk reduction of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)-associated

gastric ulcer in adults at risk for developing gastric ulcers due to age (60

years and older) and/or documented history of gastric ulcers. (1.4)

Helicobacter pylori eradication in adult patients to reduce the risk of

duodenal ulcer recurrence in combination with amoxicillin and

clarithromycin. (1.5)

Long-term treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions, including

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome in adults. (1.6)

NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension is indicated for the:

Short-term treatment in the healing of EE in pediatric patients 1 year to 11

years of age and of EE due to acid-mediated GERD in pediatric patients 1

month to less than 1 year of age. (1.1)

Short-term treatment of heartburn and other symptoms associated with

GERD in pediatric patients 1 year to 11 years of age. (1.3)

healing of erosive esophagitis (ee)

Adults

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension are indicated for the short-term treatment (4 to 8 weeks) in the healing and symptomatic resolution of diagnostically confirmed EE in adults. For those patients who have not healed after 4 to 8 weeks of treatment, an additional 4- to 8- week course of NEXIUM may be considered.

Pediatric Patients 12 Years to 17 Years of Age

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension are indicated for the short-term treatment (4 to 8 weeks) for the healing of EE in pediatric patients 12 years to 17 years of age.

Pediatric Patients 1 Year to 11 Years of Age

NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension is indicated for the short-term treatment (8 weeks) for the healing of EE in pediatric patients 1 year to 11 years of age.

Pediatric Patients 1 Month to Less Than 1 Year of Age

NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension is indicated for short-term treatment (up to 6 weeks) of EE due to acid-mediated GERD in pediatric patients 1 month to less than 1 year of age.

maintenance of healing of ee

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension are indicated for the maintenance of healing of EE in adults. Controlled studies do not extend beyond 6 months.

treatment of symptomatic gerd

Adults

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension are indicated for short-term treatment (4 to 8 weeks) of heartburn and other symptoms associated with GERD in adults.

Pediatric Patients 12 Years to 17 Years of Age

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension are indicated for short-term treatment (4 weeks) of heartburn and other symptoms associated with GERD in pediatric patients 12 years to 17 years of age.

Pediatric Patients 1 Year to 11 Years of Age

NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension is indicated for short-term treatment (up to 8 weeks) of heartburn and other symptoms associated with GERD in pediatric patients 1 year to 11 years of age.

risk reduction of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid)-associated gastric ulcer

NEXIUM is indicated for the long-term treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions, including Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.

helicobacter pylori eradication to reduce the risk of duodenal ulcer recurrence

Eradication of H. pylori has been shown to reduce the risk of duodenal ulcer recurrence.

Triple Therapy

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules or NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with H. pylori infection and duodenal ulcer disease (active or history of within the past 5 years) to eradicate H. pylori.

In patients who fail therapy, susceptibility testing should be done. If resistance to clarithromycin is demonstrated or susceptibility testing is not possible, alternative antimicrobial therapy should be instituted [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.4) and the prescribing information for clarithromycin].

pathological hypersecretory conditions including zollinger-ellison syndrome

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension are indicated for the long-term treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions, including Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, in adults.

Patient Counseling Information

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide and Instructions for Use).

Acute Tubulointerstitial Nephritis

Advise the patient or caregiver to call the patient’s healthcare provider immediately if they experience signs and/or symptoms associated with suspected acute TIN [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Clostridium difficile-Associated Diarrhea

Advise the patient or caregiver to immediately call the patient’s healthcare provider if they experience diarrhea that does not improve [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

Bone Fracture

Advise the patient or caregiver to report any fractures, especially of the hip, wrist or spine, to the patient’s healthcare provider [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

Cutaneous and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Advise the patient or caregiver to immediately call the patient’s healthcare provider for any new or worsening of symptoms associated with cutaneous or systemic lupus erythematosus [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B-12) Deficiency

Advise the patient or caregiver to report any clinical symptoms that may be associated with cyanocobalamin deficiency to the patient’s healthcare provider if they have been receiving NEXIUM for longer than 3 years [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].

Hypomagnesemia

Advise the patient or caregiver to report any clinical symptoms that may be associated with hypomagnesemia to the patient’s healthcare provider, if they have been receiving NEXIUM for at least 3 months [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].

Drug Interactions

Advise the patient or caregiver to report to their healthcare provider if starting treatment with rilpivirine-containing products, clopidogrel, St. John’s Wort or rifampin; or, if they take high-dose methotrexate [see Contraindications (4), Warnings and Precautions (5.6, 5.9, 5.11)].

Administration

  • Take NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension at least one hour before meals.
  • Antacids may be used concomitantly with NEXIUM.
  • Swallow NEXIUM delayed-release capsules whole; do not chew or crush the capsules.
  • For patients who have difficulty swallowing capsules, NEXIUM delayed-release capsules can be opened, and the contents sprinkled on applesauce. Use with other foods is not recommended.
  • 1.Add one tablespoon of applesauce to an empty bowl. The applesauce used should not be hot and should be soft enough to be swallowed without chewing.
  • 2.Open the NEXIUM delayed-release capsule and carefully empty the granules inside the capsule onto the applesauce.
  • 3.Mix the granules with the applesauce.
  • 4.Administer the mixture immediately. Do not chew or crush the granules
  • 5.Discard any remaining mixture. Do not store the mixture for future use.
  • NEXIUM delayed-release capsules can also be administered via a nasogastric tube, as described in the Instructions for Use.
  • Administer NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension orally or via a nasogastric or gastric tube, as described in the Instructions for Use.

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AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Wilmington, DE 19850

NEXIUM and the color purple as applied to the capsule are registered trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies.

©AstraZeneca 2020

Medication Guide

NEXIUM® (nex-e-um)                                                                     NEXIUM® (nex-e-um)

(esomeprazole magnesium)                                                        (esomeprazole magnesium)

delayed-release capsules, for oral use                                    for delayed-release oral suspension

What is the most important information I should know about NEXIUM?

NEXIUM may help your acid-related symptoms, but you could still have serious stomach problems. Talk with your doctor.

NEXIUM can cause serious side effects, including:

  • A type of kidney problem (acute tubulointerstitial nephritis). Some people who take proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medicines, including NEXIUM, may develop a kidney problem called acute tubulointerstitial nephritis that can happen at any time during treatment with NEXIUM. Call your doctor right away if you have a decrease in the amount that you urinate or if you have blood in your urine.
  • Diarrhea caused by an infection (Clostridium difficile) in your intestines. Call your doctor right away if you have watery stools or stomach pain that does not go away. You may or may not have a fever.
  • Bone fractures (hip, wrist, or spine). Bone fractures in the hip, wrist, or spine may happen in people who take multiple daily doses of PPI medicines and for a long period of time (a year or longer). Tell your doctor if you have a bone fracture, especially in the hip, wrist, or spine.
  • Certain types of lupus erythematosus. Lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder (the body’s immune cells attack other cells or organs in the body). Some people who take PPI medicines, including NEXIUM, may develop certain types of lupus erythematosus or have worsening of the lupus they already have. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening joint pain or a rash on your cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun.

Talk to your doctor about your risk of these serious side effects.

NEXIUM can have other serious side effects. See “What are the possible side effects of NEXIUM?

What is NEXIUM?

A prescription medicine called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach.

NEXIUM is used in adults for:

  • 4 to 8 weeks for the healing and symptom relief of acid-related damage to the esophagus (erosive esophagitis or EE). Your doctor may prescribe another 4-8 weeks of NEXIUM in patients whose EE does not heal.
  • maintaining healing of EE.
  • 4-8 weeks to treat heartburn and other symptoms that happen with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • up to 6 months to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in some people taking pain medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • treating patients with a stomach infection (Helicobacter pylori) and a stomach ulcer, along with the antibiotics amoxicillin and clarithromycin.
  • the long-term treatment of conditions where your stomach makes too much acid, including Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome is a rare condition in which the stomach produces a more than normal amount of acid.

NEXIUM is used in children and adolescents 12 to 17 years of age for:

  • 4 to 8 weeks to heal EE.
  • 4 weeks to treat heartburn and other symptoms that happen with GERD.

NEXIUM is used in children 1 to 11 years of age for:

  • 8 weeks to heal EE.
  • up to 8 weeks to treat heartburn and other symptoms that happen with GERD.

NEXIUM is used in children 1 month to less than 1 year of age to treat GERD with EE for up to 6 weeks.

It is not known if NEXIUM is safe and effective in children under 1 month of age for the treatment of GERD with EE.

It is not known if NEXIUM is safe and effective in children less than 1 year of age for the treatment of GERD symptoms.

It is not known if NEXIUM is safe and effective in children to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in children who take medicines called NSAIDs, to treat Helicobacter pylori stomach infection to lower the risk of a stomach ulcer returning, and to treat conditions where your stomach makes too much acid.

Do not take NEXIUM if you are:

  • allergic to esomeprazole magnesium, any other PPI medicine, or any of the ingredients in NEXIUM. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in NEXIUM.

Tell your doctor right away or get emergency medical help if you get any of the following symptoms of an allergic

reaction with NEXIUM:

Before you take NEXIUM, tell your doctor if you:

  • have low magnesium levels in your blood.
  • have liver problems.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if NEXIUM can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. NEXIUM may pass into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take NEXIUM.

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Especially tell your doctor if you take: clopidogrel (Plavix), methotrexate (Otrxup, Rasuvo, Trexall, XATMEP), digoxin (LANOXIN), rilpivirine (EDURANT), St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), or rifampin (Rimactane, Rifater, Rifamate).

How should I take NEXIUM?

  • Take NEXIUM exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not change your dose or stop NEXIUM without talking to your doctor.
  • Take NEXIUM at least 1 hour before a meal.
  • Antacids may be taken with NEXIUM.
  • Swallow NEXIUM capsules whole. Never chew or crush NEXIUM.
  • If you have difficulty swallowing NEXIUM capsules you may open the capsule and empty the granules into 1 tablespoon of applesauce. The applesauce used should not be hot and should be soft enough to swallow without chewing. Do not mix the NEXIUM granules with any other food
  • If you forget to take a dose of NEXIUM, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose on time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
  • If you take too much NEXIUM, call your doctor or local poison control center right away at 1-800-222-1222, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • See the Instructions for Use at the end of this Medication Guide for instructions how to take NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension, and how to mix and give NEXIUM delayed-release capsules and NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension through a nasogastric tube or gastric tube.

What are the possible side effects of NEXIUM?

NEXIUM can cause serious side effects, including:

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about NEXIUM?”
  • Vitamin B-12 levels in your body can happen in people who have taken NEXIUM for a long time (more than 3 years). Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of low vitamin B-12 levels, including shortness of breath, lightheadedness, irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, pale skin, feeling tired, mood changes, and tingling or numbness in the arms and legs.
  • Low magnesium levels in your body. Low magnesium can happen in some people who take a PPI medicine for at least 3 months. If low magnesium levels happen, it is usually after a year of treatment.
  • Stomach growths (fundic gland polyps). People who take PPI medicines for a long time have an increased risk of developing a certain type of stomach growths called fundic gland polyps, especially after taking PPI medicines for more than 1 year.

Your doctor may check the level of magnesium in your body before you start taking NEXIUM or during treatment if you will be taking NEXIUM for a long period of time.

  •   Stomach growths (fundic gland polyps) . People who take PPI medicines for a long time have an increased risk of developing a certain type of stomach growths called fundic gland polyps, especially after taking PPI medicines for more than 1 year.

The most common side effects with NEXIUM may include:

These are not all the possible side effects of NEXIUM.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store NEXIUM?

  • Store NEXIUM at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Keep the container of NEXIUM closed tightly.

Keep NEXIUM and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of NEXIUM.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use NEXIUM for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give NEXIUM to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about NEXIUM that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in NEXIUM?

Active ingredient: esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate

Inactive ingredients in NEXIUM delayed-release capsules (including the capsule shells): glyceryl monostearate 40-55, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid copolymer type C, polysorbate 80, sugar spheres, talc, triethyl citrate, gelatin, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #40, D&C Red #28, titanium dioxide, shellac, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, n-butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, and D&C Yellow #10.

Inactive granules in NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension: dextrose, xanthan gum, crospovidone, citric acid, iron oxide, and hydroxypropyl cellulose.

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Instructions for Use

NEXIUM ® (nex-e-um)

(esomeprazole magnesium)

for delayed-release oral suspension

Taking NEXIUM in water:

  • NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension comes in foil packets containing 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, or 40 mg of NEXIUM.
  • Use an oral syringe to measure the amount of water needed to mix your dose. Ask your pharmacist for an oral syringe.
  • If your prescribed dose is 2.5 mg or 5 mg, add 5 mL of water to a container. Add the contents of a foil packet containing the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  • If your prescribed dose is 10 mg, 20 mg, or 40 mg, add 15 mL of water to a container. Add the contents of a foil packet containing the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  • If you or your child are instructed to use more than one foil packet for the prescribed dose, follow the mixing instructions provided by your pharmacist or doctor.
  • Stir.
  • Leave the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken.
  • Stir and drink the mixture within 30 minutes. If not used within 30 minutes, throw away this dose and mix a new dose.
  • If any medicine remains in the container after drinking, add more water, stir, and drink right away.
  • For young children, you can give the dose with an oral syringe. Rinse the oral syringe with water after each use.

Giving NEXIUM with water through a nasogastric tube (NG tube) or gastric tube

NEXIUM delayed-release capsules:

  • Open the capsule and empty the granules into a 60 mL catheter tipped syringe. Mix with 50 mL of water. Use only a catheter tipped syringe to give NEXIUM through a NG tube.
  • Replace the plunger and shake the syringe well for 15 seconds. Hold the syringe with the tip up and check for granules in the tip.
  • Do not give the granules if they have dissolved or have broken into pieces.
  • Attach the syringe to the NG tube. Give the medicine right away in the syringe through the NG tube into the stomach.
  • After giving the granules, flush the NG tube with more water.

NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension:

  • NEXIUM for delayed-release oral suspension comes in foil packets containing 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, or 40 mg of NEXIUM.
  • Use only a catheter tipped syringe to give NEXIUM through a NG tube or gastric tube.
  • If your prescribed dose is 2.5 mg or 5 mg, add 5 mL of water to a catheter tipped syringe. Add the contents of a foil packet containing the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  • If your prescribed dose is 10 mg, 20 mg, or 40 mg, add 15 mL of water to a catheter tipped syringe. Add the contents of a foil packet containing the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  • Shake the syringe well for 15 seconds and then leave it for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken.
  • Shake the syringe and give the medicine through the NG or gastric tube (French size 6 or larger) into the stomach within 30 minutes.
  • Refill the syringe with the same amount of water (either 5 mL or 15 mL of water depending on your dose).
  • Shake the syringe and flush any remaining medicine from the NG tube or gastric tube into the stomach.

This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Wilmington, DE 19850

Revised 08/2021

NEXIUM is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies.

©2020 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. All rights reserved

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