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How does Nexium treat gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Nexium is the trade name for esomeprazole, which is one of the proton pump inhibitors. These are potent suppressors of stomach acid. Proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole, rabeprazole and dexlansoprazole) are all highly effective in treating reflux symptoms. These medications act by blocking the final step of acid production in the stomach and are typically taken once or twice daily prior to meals. For reflux symptoms that occur frequently, proton pump inhibitors are the most effective medical treatment. 

Nexium can treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other similar conditions that have are the result of excessive stomach acid - like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Nexium works as part of a family of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. Nexium decreases stomach acid production, thereby alleviating heartburn, damage to the esophagus, and other symptoms of excess stomach acid.

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