• Active Ingredient: Esomeprazole
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What is Ulcemex?

The active ingredient of Ulcemex brand is esomeprazole. Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Used for

Ulcemex is used to treat diseases such as: Barrett's Esophagus, Duodenal Ulcer Prophylaxis, Erosive Esophagitis, Gastric Ulcer Prophylaxis, Gastritis/Duodenitis, GERD, Helicobacter Pylori Infection, NSAID-Induced Gastric Ulcer, Pathological Hypersecretory Conditions, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.

Side Effect

Possible side effects of Ulcemex include: joint or muscle pain; sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips; bloating; difficulty with swallowing; muscular weakness.

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A randomized, open-label, multi-national study to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of repeated intravenous doses of once daily Ulcemex in pediatric patients 1 month to 17 years old, inclusive was performed. The safety results are consistent with the known safety profile of Ulcemex and no unexpected safety signals were identified .

Why it’s used

Ulcemex magnesium is used to treat conditions caused by too much acid production in your stomach. These conditions include the following:

  • Heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis. Erosive esophagitis is caused by acid-related damage to the esophagus.
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This rare condition is characterized by the formation of tumors in the digestive tract.
  • H. pylori infections when used in combination with other treatments, such as antibiotics. This infection causes ulcers in part of your intestine.

This drug is also used to prevent stomach ulcers due to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

What should I avoid while taking Ulcemex?

This medicine can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor before using anti-diarrhea medicine.

Q: I have been experiencing throat pain and my primary physician prescribed Nexium to determine if this is due to acid reflux. I'm unsure if I'm to take this prior to dinner or prior to every meal.

A: Nexium (Ulcemex) //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/nexium is a proton pump inhibitor. Basically, the inhibition of proton pump will block secretion of stomach acid. In the presence of food, proton pumps are activated. Nexium should be taken at about 1 hour before meal. This will allow time for Nexium to absorb into the blood stream. In the presence of food, proton pumps are activated to produce acid and Nexium is readily available to block this process. Nexium has a half-life of 1-2 hours; meaning 50% of it is eliminated out of the blood after this time. This is why it may not be as effective when taken at other time. It should not be taken as needed because not all proton pumps are inactivated with the first dose. It may take up to 4 days of continuous use to get the full effect. For more information, please visit //www.everydayhealth.com/gerd/guide/ Lori Mendoza, PharmD

Generic Name: Ulcemex (oral) (ee so MEP ra zol)Brand Name: Ulcemex Strontium, NexIUM

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jul 14, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

What should I avoid while taking Ulcemex?

Ulcemex can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor before using anti-diarrhea medicine.


Before taking Ulcemex, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (such as lansoprazole, omeprazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, lupus.

Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition. Get medical help right away if you have: heartburn with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating), unexplained weight loss.

In addition, before you self-treat with this medication, get medical help right away if you have any of these signs of a serious condition: trouble/pain swallowing food, bloody vomit, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, bloody/black stools, heartburn for over 3 months, frequent chest pain, frequent wheezing (especially with heartburn), nausea/vomiting, stomach pain.

Proton pump inhibitors (such as Ulcemex) may increase your risk for bone fractures, especially with longer use, higher doses, and in older adults. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about ways to prevent bone loss/fracture, such as by taking calcium (such as calcium citrate) and vitamin D supplements.

Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially fever, cough, and infections of the nose/throat/airways.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. However, similar drugs pass into breast milk. The effects on a nursing infant are unknown. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Q: Is Nexium safe to take during pregnancy?

A: Nexium (Ulcemex) is listed by the FDA as FDA pregnancy category B. Category B means that animal studies show no risk or adverse fetal effects, but controlled human first trimester studies are not available. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Nexium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby

Q: What is Nexium, and what are its side effects?

A: Nexium (Ulcemex), one of a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Nexium is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid). Nexium 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). Nexium is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. The most common side effects with Nexium are headache, dizziness, rash, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and altered taste sensation. Less frequent, sever side effects include pancreatitis and hepatitis. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Nexium. Gregory Latham, RPh

Q: I have acid reflux and hiatus hernia. Should I be taking Nexium, even though I am not bothered with problems?

A: The decision on whether or not you need to be on a medication should be made by your health care provider. There are many variables in this decision. If you are currently taking Nexium (Ulcemex) (//www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/nexium) you may not be having symptoms because the medication is working for you. As always, talk with your health care provider regarding questions you have about your medication. The following link will take you to information provided by Everyday Health regarding acid reflux or GERD: //www.everydayhealth.com/gerd/guide/. Jen Marsico, RPh

What is the dosage for Ulcemex?

  • For GERD, 20 or 40 mg of Ulcemex is given once daily for 4-8 weeks. In children ages 1-11, the dose is 10 or 20 mg daily.
  • For the treatment of H. pylori, 40 mg is administered once daily in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin for 10 days.
  • Frequent heartburn is treated with 20 mg daily for 14 days.
  • The dose for preventing NSAID-induced ulcers is 20 to 40 mg daily for 6 months.
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is treated with 40 mg twice daily.

Ulcemex capsules should be administered one hour before meals, swallowed whole and should not be crushed or chewed. Patients with difficulty swallowing can open the capsule and mix the pellets with applesauce. The applesauce should not be hot and the pellets should not be chewed or crushed.

Q: I'm taking Nexium 40 mg once daily. Could this cause me to gain wieght? I also feel tired since I have been on this medication. Is it causing the fatigue?

A: Nexium (Ulcemex) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used for the treatment of esophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastric ulcers and other conditions. According to Lexi-Comp, insomnia was reported in 2% of patients during clinical trials. Less than 1% of patients reported somnolence (drowsiness) or weight changes during clinical trials. Your health care provider may be able to provide more information. Please see the following Everyday Health link for more information on Nexium (Ulcemex). //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/nexium Laura Cable, PharmD

Serious side effects

Serious side effects happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people. Call a doctor straight away if you have:

  • joint pain and abnormal changes in your skin, especially in parts of your body exposed to the sun, such as a red, raised rash on your arms that can spread, blisters, or a red rash on your cheeks and nose. These can be signs of a rare condition called subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus. This can happen even if you've been taking Ulcemex for a long time.
  • yellow skin, dark pee and tiredness. These can be signs of liver problems.

How is this medicine (Ulcemex Injection) best taken?

Use Ulcemex injection as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • This medicine is given as a shot into a vein or into a vein nonstop for a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

1. About Ulcemex

Ulcemex 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, Ulcemex is taken for a rare illness caused by a tumour in the pancreas or gut called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Ulcemex also comes mixed with naproxen, a medicine that reduces inflammation and pain in joints and muscles.

Ulcemex comes as capsules, tablets, granules and as a liquid.

All types of Ulcemex are available on prescription. You can also buy the lowest-strength 20mg tablets and capsules from pharmacies.

  • K >Magnesium vs. strontium vs. sodiumThere are three types of Ulcemex: Ulcemex magnesium, Ulcemex strontium, and Ulcemex sodium. (This article is about Ulcemex magnesium.) They’re all Ulcemex, but they contain different salt forms. The different salt forms enable Ulcemex to be used to treat gastrointestinal issues in a range of people with different health needs.

Ulcemex is a prescription drug. Some forms are also available over the counter, but this article covers the prescription version only.

Ulcemex magnesium and Ulcemex strontium come as delayed-release capsules. Ulcemex magnesium also comes as a liquid suspension. Ulcemex sodium comes in an intravenous (IV) form, which is only given by a healthcare provider.

Ulcemex magnesium is available as the brand-name drug Nexium and as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.

Ulcemex magnesium may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications, especially to treat H. pylori.

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