Nexium is one of the top performing and marketed proton pump inhibitors available today. It has helped many people struggling with too much acid build-up and creation in the lining of their stomach causing painful acid reflux symptoms, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, esophagus erosion and inflammation and many other irritating issues. Nexium can produce some side effects that may be worse than the discomfort caused by the acid, though. Vomiting, diarrhea, and similar issues are side effects that people experience when taking Nexium and other people suffer severe injury such as cancer, kidney damage and renal failure. These patients may file a Nexium lawsuit seeking redress for their injuries. Sometimes, Nexium is not effective, and other solutions must be sought to help the customer.
One popular alternative to Nexium is antacids and foaming agents. These are usually not recommended for treatment of serious issues with stomach acid, but they do provide relief for GERD and heartburn. They are also much less expensive than Nexium, as many people cannot afford it. Medications such as Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Pepto-Bismol, Rolaids and several others help stabilize acid creation and symptoms associated with it. These can also be purchased over the counter in many drug stores or supermarkets which make them convenient and easy to obtain.
H2 blocker medications are another alternative to Nexium. These types of medications are newer than the antacid types. They help block histamine receptors which helps reduce the amount of acid the stomach creates. They are known to provide relief quickly and are an excellent alternative to Nexium. Look for medications such as Tagamet, Pepcid AC, Pepcid, Axid, and Zantac which are all considered H2 blocker medications.
Nexium is a PPI that may not work for some customers, or it may produce side effects that prevent the customer from taking this medication. Some of this side effects are severe and include kidney damage.
There are other PPIs on the market that may ease symptoms and work more effectively than Nexium. Prevacid and Protonix are two other PPIs that many people suffering from GERD use instead of Nexium. One of the most popular PPIs besides Nexium is Prilosec, which is less expensive and works well on reducing acid in the stomach. Many of these are prescription only, so they may be more difficult to get. Generally, PPIs take longer to work and may have to be taken for several days before any ease of pain or symptoms may occur.
There are alternatives to taking Nexium, especially if the person is experiencing severe side effects or if Nexium is not helping with acid reduction and symptoms at all. Many other medications exist, some of which can be purchased over-the-counter and at less expensive price. These types may not cure or help with serious gastroesophageal issues, though. Diet changes can also help with acid production and reduction, and some people utilize surgery instead of taking medications such as Nexium to help cure or help them with GERD and affiliated stomach acid issues. There are alternatives available, and a doctor can help determine which will work best for you.