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Esomeprazole - Dosage and How to Use

How should Esomeprazole be used?

  • ​Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
  • Take this medication 60 minutes before a meal. Tablets should be swallowed whole with water and should not be chewed or crushed.
  • If you have swallowing difficulties, put the tablet in water for about two minutes to dissolve the tablet and drink the suspension.
  • If you are using a gastric tube,
    • Put the tablet into an appropriate syringe with 25-50ml of water to prevent the pellets from clogging the tube and shake the syringe for about two minutes to dissolve the tablet.
    • Hold the syringe with the tip up to check it has not been clogged then attach the syringe to the tube whilst maintaining the tip up and shake the syringe. Turn the syringe upside down and inject 5-10ml into the tube. Repeat this step until the syringe is empty.
    • Refill the syringe with another 25ml of water and repeat the procedure to wash any leftover medication in the syringe.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Skip the dose if it is too near to your next dose. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Esomeprazole - Additional Information

  • Updated on 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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