I don't usually eat anything after nine pm , and I was woundering if taking it on an empty stomach after nine is safe, or do you need to eat something with it?
My gastro-enterologist explained to me that Nexium actually needs food to work properly. Apparently the requirement that you need to take it for 1 hour before a meal is because of this: The Nexium first needs to prepare certain conditions in your stomach, which it takes a little while to do. It then reacts to the food that you eat later and starts working. Somehow its the medication's reaction to the food that makes it work properly, but it needs at least 20-30 minutes to prepare to have the reaction.
I don't have an entire hour in the morning to take the pill, then have breakfast. For a while I was taking the medication at night since I understood the instructions to mean "at least an hour". A few weeks later I mentioned this to my GI and he said no, that pretty much renders the medication useless. He said that since Nexium needs a stimulus, aka something to react to, it's actually better to take it in the morning before I eat, even if I can't wait a full hour to eat after taking it.
I hope this helps! Good luck and feel better!
Nexium belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach. It is usually prescribed to relieve symptoms of acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, to treat a peptic or stomach ulcer or to treat damage to the lower esophagus caused by acid reflux.
It is recommended that you take Nexium an hour before a meal (which means the same as on an empty stomach). This is because food can significantly reduce the amount of drug that reaches the blood stream.
Hope this helps.
- Nexium Information for Consumers
- Nexium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nexium (detailed)
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