1. About Progesic
Progesic reduces the amount of acid your stomach makes.
It's used for heartburn, acid reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) - GORD is when you keep getting acid reflux. It's also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
Sometimes, Progesic is taken for a rare illness caused by a tumour in the pancreas or gut called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Progesic also comes mixed with naproxen, a medicine that reduces inflammation and pain in joints and muscles.
Progesic comes as capsules, tablets, granules and as a liquid.
All types of Progesic are available on prescription. You can also buy the lowest-strength 20mg tablets and capsules from pharmacies.
See also How to Use section.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: cilostazol, clopidogrel, methotrexate (especially high-dose treatment), rifampin, St John's wort.
Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly. Progesic decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these products work. Some affected products include atazanavir, erlotinib, nelfinavir, pazopanib, rilpivirine, certain azole antifungals (itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole), among others.
Progesic is very similar to omeprazole. Do not use any medications containing omeprazole while using Progesic.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
How should I take Nexium?
Use Nexium exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Nexium should be taken at least one hour before a meal.
Do not crush or chew a delayed-release capsule. However to make swallowing easier, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of pudding or applesauce. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use.
The capsule can be given through a nasogastric (NG) feeding tube. Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Progesic is usually given for 4 to 8 weeks only. Your doctor may recommend a second course of treatment if you need additional healing time.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Progesic.
Some conditions are treated with a combination of Progesic and antibiotics. Use all medications as directed.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Q: Is there a generic version of Nexium?
A: While every medication on the market has an active ingredient name, as in this case, Progesic, it is usually only available as the brand until the patent rights have expired. In this case, Nexium is not available as a generic yet. There are other, less expensive medications on the market, such as Prilosec, Prevacid, and Protonix, as an alternative.
What if I take too much?
It is very unlikely that taking one or two extra doses by accident will cause any problems. However, you should check with your doctor if you have taken too much and have any of these symptoms:
- feeling sweaty
- a fast heartbeat
- feeling sleepy
- blurred vision
- feeling confused or agitated
Most people who take Progesic do not have any side effects. If you do get a side effect, it is usually mild and will go away when you stop taking Progesic.
What is Progesic?
Progesic is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Progesic is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Progesic is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid).
Progesic may also be given to prevent gastric ulcer caused by infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), or by the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Progesic is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Progesic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Nexium side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction ro Nexium: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
kidney problems - urinating more or less than usual, blood in your urine, swelling, rapid weight gain;
low magnesium - dizziness, fast or irregular heart rate, tremors (shaking) or jerking muscle movements, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet, cough or choking feeling; or
new or worsening symptoms of lupus - joint pain, and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in sunlight.
Taking Progesic long-term may cause you to develop stomach growths called fundic gland polyps. Talk with your doctor about this risk.
If you use Progesic for longer than 3 years, you could develop a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Talk to your doctor about how to manage this condition if you develop it.
Common Nexium side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is Progesic, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Progesic is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which block the production of acid by the stomach. Other drugs in the same class include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex) and pantoprazole (Protonix). Chemically, Progesic is very similar to omeprazole. Proton pump inhibitors are used for the treatment of conditions such as stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome which all are caused by stomach acid. Progesic, like other proton-pump inhibitors, blocks the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. By blocking the enzyme, the production of acid is decreased, and this allows the stomach and esophagus to heal. Progesic was approved by the FDA in February 2001.