Nexium for pregnant women: Can Nexium be used safely during pregnancy?

Taking Nexium during pregnancy is completely safe, if necessary. Animal studies have not reported major birth defects or other adverse pregnancy outcomes with use of esomeprazole during the first trimester. Animal studies have also failed to reveal evidence of teratogenicity or fetal harm at therapeutic doses. However, it is important to note that there are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

Esomeprazole (the active substance in Nexium) has not been shown to have harmful effects when used during pregnancy, and when given to women during vaginal or cesarean delivery, it has not been shown to have any adverse effects on labor and delivery or the subsequent development of the baby. However, as with all medicines, Nexium is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless considered necessary by your doctor.

Pregnant women often complain of indigestion and heartburn. Mostly, doctors  prescribe the local antacids (such as Giviscon), and if the symptoms do not improve, your doctor may prescribe a different medication to suppress the acid in the stomach, such as Nexium tablets.

In general, you can use Nexium safely if you are pregnant, and you can breastfeed during treatment with Nexium. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, Nexium can be used after consulting your doctor.

Does Nexium reduce the effectiveness of birth control tablets?

The chance that Nexium will affect the effectiveness of birth control pills, is very small.

Nexium reduces the amount of acid in the stomach, and therefore it may affect the amount of the drug that is absorbed by the body. However, this effect does not appear to be significant enough to affect the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Product reference code: A02BC05.