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Old 09-20-2003, 11:59 AM   #1
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Question Does anyone take Nexium at bedtime instead of 1 hour before eating?

I was wondering if I could take my Nexium (40mg) at bedtime rather than "1 hour before a meal" as is directed. Will the Nexium still work if I don't eat food an hour after taking it? I never seem to be able to plan ahead enough to take it 1 hour ahead of breakfast and thought night time would be much easier. Thanks for any info!

 
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Old 09-20-2003, 12:13 PM   #2
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The only information my doctor gave me on Nexium was to take it each morning. I take one tablet a day, anytime between 8am and noon, depending on when I remember! I was never told it had to correlate with your mealtimes, so I don't think it's too big of a deal.
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Old 09-20-2003, 12:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for answering, Gillian! Alexis

 
Old 09-20-2003, 03:25 PM   #4
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I've been taking my nexium before bed for years. No problem!

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Old 09-20-2003, 04:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for taking the time to answer, Dale. I think I'll give it a try that way. When I called the Nexium 800 number a while ago, the lady who I talked to said they "could not recommend taking it a bed time, only an hour before any meal of my choice" and I couldn't really get her to answer why it was important to take it that way. I don't see why it wouldn't work the same way taken at bedtime. Glad to know it DOES work for you! Thanks again. Alexis

 
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One of my sisters is on Nexium and has been having shortness of breath for about 3 month. She was examined extensively by Pulmonary Specialist yesterday and he told her to start takng her Nexium at bedtime would be best and he also put her on an inhaler.

She has always taken it before breakfast. I don't really know the advantages but somebody thinks it's best!!!

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Old 09-21-2003, 12:07 PM   #7
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in the pack it says it can be taken at anytime with half a glass of water

 
Old 09-21-2003, 12:57 PM   #8
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Thank you so much for replying Harry and Hortibabe! I didn't have good info with my Nexium at first because they were samples from the doctor with no info. Sounds like it doesn't matter so much when I take it after all. (I accidentally skipped it one day and that night I had SUCH burning in my stomach - couldn't quite believe that it would have an effect like that so fast, but it seemed to.) Thanks again. Alexis

 
Old 09-22-2003, 08:28 AM   #9
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Alexis,

I've been taking it now for a week and found out from my father, who's been on Nexium for a couple of years, that he sees best results when he takes it one hour after his final meal of the day. As a medical professional himself, he believes that taking it one hour before a meal is counterproductive as some of the medication may get pushed through the stomach and gut prematurely by food. He noticed that symptoms would come back a few hours before he was to take his next dose, so switched to taking it one hour after his last meal of the day and hasn't had a single recurrence of heartburn/reflux/etc since. I did the same 4 days into this and have had similar results. No symptoms for 2 days now. (fingers crossed!).

 
Old 09-22-2003, 10:44 AM   #10
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Starling72,
Thank you for the very interesting information! I wish the Nexium 800 number had been as helpful as the great people on this board have been. Thanks again! Alexis

 
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I've heard what Starling72 said before and it makes sense. However, I was talking it first thing every morning before breakfast. I quit taking it about 3 weeks ago and hopefully I won't need it any longer. i would think that there should be no problem taking at night because the drug's effect is supposed to last 24 hours.

 
Old 09-22-2003, 11:24 AM   #12
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Actudan - Good luck on stopping your Nexium. At least you know there is something out there that can help you if you need it. I keep wondering when I'll be able to stop taking it. I skipped one day and ended up feeling like my whole stomach had ben-gay on it - and I hadn't had that even happen before I started taking it! That kind of freaked me out and now I'm afraid to miss it. Thanks for the reply. Alexis

 
Old 09-22-2003, 09:03 PM   #13
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I take Prilosec, which is pretty much the same thing. For some reason though nexium makes me sick but anyway I take all my "one hour before meals" medication before bed. I find that it's not eating that caused the reflux, it's 8+ hours of lying horizontaly
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